Sally Marie Spivey
February 7, 1948 – May 10, 2020
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Sally Marie Spivey. She passed away on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, after a hard battle with cancer.
Cancer won the battle but not the war because death has been overcome. At the time of her death, we know she was first met by the Heavenly Father with open arms and then embraced by her parents and first-born daughter Christina Lane Hill.
Sally was born February 7, 1948 in Oklahoma City. Her parents were Ardyce (Maloney) Spivey and Bert Spivey who, before their death, owned Spivey Tag Agency and Spivey Furniture in Oklahoma City. She attended Horace Mann for grade school and Harding High School. She later attended classes at Oklahoma State University.
Along with her love of family, Sally’s Messianic Christian faith was of upmost importance to her. She was a faithful follower of Yeshua. Sally fellowshipped with long-time friends during at-home bible studies and found comfort and direction in the teachings.
Sally spent the bulk of her career in the social service industry with a strong desire to help others. She retired from Washita Valley Community Action in Chickasha where she worked as the Head Start Family Services Manager. There, she led the Family Advocates who worked with children and their families. As a result of her grant writing, large amounts were awarded to community agencies which significantly impacted lives. She was also personally involved in numerous outreach initiatives during her career.
Sally’s desire to help others continued outside of work. She was always on the lookout for people in need. Sally carried supplies in her car to hand out to the homeless who crossed her path. She maintained a humble and loving approach toward people with the understanding that everyone needs help at times. She also served on the Board of the Resurrection House in Chickasha which serves the homeless.
Sally had many hobbies and interests. She enjoyed learning about the family heritage through genealogy. She discovered ancestors in Oklahoma Territory before statehood and was thrilled to be allowed by the Oklahoma Genealogical Society to become a member of the First Families of the Twin Territories. She also had a love for nature and the outdoors. She took pictures everywhere. If she spotted a wildflower, especially a sunflower, a windmill or an unusual animal when traveling down a road she would insist that the driver turn around and go back so she could take a picture. She also enjoyed camping with friends and family and once woke up from sleep with a possum looking down at her. She truly had a joyful and adventurous spirit.
Sally is survived by her cousin, Natalie Brock and husband Carlton of Shreveport, Louisiana; nephews, Lane Stermer and Brian McKee of Phoenix, Arizona; and the following Oklahoma relatives; brother, Mike Spivey; children: Melissa Ryan, Matthew Ryan, and Mindy Gasspari; grand-daughter, Diamond Turner; nephew, Don McKee; niece, Kate Spivey; and countless loving friends.
Sally was a joyful person with an engaging and infectious sense of humor. Her smile and laughter could brighten even the darkest situations, such as this. As a mother, she was unwavering with faithful and loving support for her children. Even though she has departed, we know that we will see her again someday in Heaven. Until then, we will love and miss her every…single…day.
Sally Marie Spivey
May 30, 2020
Sally served as one of my mom's (Lorraine Griffin - age 97) caregivers since 2017. Sally would come to mom's every weekday morning to assist her. She would help mom get dressed and comb her hair. Sally would then prepare breakfast. Mom especially enjoyed eating with Sally and relished the talks that occurred during this time. Sally would make sure she took her vitamins and brushed her teeth. Then she would help her exercise and encourage her to walk. She would soak her feet and read scriptures to her.
I genuinely appreciate the love that Sally demonstrated to mom. Sally was very dependable and extremely conscientious. I know there were times when Sally didn't feel well but would still come and put on her "happy face" as she did not want mom to worry about her. Sally's absence has created a void. Mom has mentioned how she loved Sally and misses her.
I didn't know too much about Sally's family until her house was vandalized and she became ill. I was impressed with the wonderful relationship she had with Melissa, Matthew, and Mindy, and I am inspired by how all three of them honored their mother by demonstrating their care, concern, and love. May God bless and comfort Sally's family.
May 18, 2020
I have many, many fond memories of sally. She was my boss at head start for many years and the only boss I ever loved and loved working for. We worked hard but had fun doing it. She was a great grant writer and problem solver. She showed kindness to everyone and set a very good example that I still try to follow each day. She loved her family very much. She was also very kind to animals and sheltered or found homes for stray and lost cats and dogs. I loved her heart. Although we only got together a few times the last couple of years, I feel a terrible loss. I am praying for the family.
May 14, 2020
She was a wonderful person. I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet her.
Deepest condolences to her family and friends.
May 14, 2020
My condolence to Dr. Ryan and his family. I never knew this wonderful woman but she raised a great son who I enjoy working with everyday.
May 13, 2020
I was a family advocate under supervision of sally...she was an awsome supervisor and person..ive got so many great memories with sally..attending training with her and there was never a dull moment with sally..her wanting to chase storms to helping people in need...she was a treasured friend and i will miss her trenendously...we were sisters in Christ and thankful i know she is rejoicing in heaven face to face with our Savior..love you sally💖