Sally Tonsmeire Morrissette
July 24, 1935 – August 14, 2019
Sally Tonsmeire Morrissette, a native of Mobile, passed away on August 14th at home with her family. Sally was born on July 24, 1935.
She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Sarah Tonsmeire; by her beloved husband of over 60 years, John M. Morrissette, Jr.; by her brother and sister-in-law Plumer and Dunc Tonsmeire; and by her brother-in-law Taylor Morrissette.
She is survived by her children Sage Morrissette Bolt (Preston), Shelley Morrissette Kyle (Chris), Marshall Morrissette (Amanda), and Henry Morrissette (Beth). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Weathers Bolt (Molly), Edward Bolt, Sarah Bolt, Ruth Kyle, Christopher Kyle (Anne), John Marshall Morrissette, Hunter Morrissette, Grace Morrissette, Elizabeth Morrissette, Henry Morrissette, two great grandchildren, Willa Bolt and Wright Bolt, and her sister-in-law Vaughan Morrissette.
Sally was a devoted wife to John and enjoyed traveling with him and spending time at the beach and on the water. Their personalities complemented each other’s, and they made a great team. Sally was a patient, supportive, and loving mother, nurturing and selfless, but not shy about sharing her opinions or constructive advice. She loved her grandchildren, and later great grandchildren, and delighted in keeping up with what was going on in their lives. Sally loved Mobile, especially Mardi Gras, and proudly served as Queen of Mardi Gras in 1955. She was a civic leader who gave back to her community, serving as President of the Junior League of Mobile; Mobile Center Chair and State President of the Alabama Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America; and on numerous civic and charitable boards in Mobile. She was a dedicated member and officer of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church. After raising her children, Sally worked as Executive Director of Volunteer Mobile, as a design consultant, and finally in the gift shop at the Mobile Carnival Museum. She enjoyed her co-workers, helping clients and customers, and sharing stories about the people she met in her work. Sally loved parties and celebrations and was a fun and gracious hostess who enjoyed entertaining friends and family. She was a loyal friend who cherished her friendships both old and new and enjoyed spending time with friends over lunch or a cocktail. She was elegant, yet practical, stylish, yet understated, and capable, yet humble.
The family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers from Coastal Nursing Assistant, LLC, who took such good care of Sally.
The family will have a celebration of Sally’s life at 3 pm on Saturday, August 17th at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, 10 Westminster Way, Mobile, AL 36608, with visitation preceding the service at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, the Mobile Carnival Association, or the charity of your choice.