Sally L. (Johnson) Greenlee, 70, and lifetime Plymouth resident passed away Thursday afternoon on Nov. 1, 2018, at IU University Health in Indianapolis due to complications from surgery.
Born in Plymouth on Dec.1, 1947, Greenlee was one of two daughters born to Francis W. and Martha E. (Tharp) Johnson. During Greenlee and her sister, Sue’s, growing up years, their parents owned the former Johnson Funeral Home, now Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home. This was during the times when the family shared where they lived with the daily activities of the funeral service industry. Many days the girls would play in the chapel, play around on the double organ, answer the funeral homes lines and even watched over the funeral home when their parents went on a date nights.
During Greenlee’s high school years, she involved herself very much in various activities. She was in Plymouth High School’s National Honor Society and a member of the choir, just to name a couple. She graduated with the class of 1966. Greenlee continued her education at Ball State University, graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1970.
Coming back to Plymouth after graduation, Greenlee taught home economics at Lincoln Junior High School and also Plymouth High School for a number of years. She then worked as an interior designer for Pletcher’s Furniture Store in Nappanee for a few years. Most recently before retirement, Sally was working as a caseworker for the Department of Child Services of Indiana.
Greenlee had a high civic interest and became involved in ways that would better people’s well-being. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, serving on the Mom’s Club and the Social Concerns Committee. She is an inactive member of the Tri Kappa Sorority and a former member of the Plymouth Park Board. In 2015, Sally was awarded the “Key to the City” by Mayor Mark Senter, for her services with the Park Department.
Her greatest achievement in her life was the birth and raising of her daughter, Gina Greenlee. The two always were the best of friends and were almost inseparable. Anything Greenlee ever needed, Gina was right there to help her.
She was an avid reader and lover of cats. Greenlee enjoyed genealogy and looking up her family history. She was a great cook and had a cookbook collection to prove it. Gina and Sue said she made the best homemade pizza and spaghetti sauce.
Greenlee is survived by her daughter, Gina C. Greenlee of Plymouth; her sister, Sue (Scott Filley) Johnson Filley of Elkhart; nieces, Jourdan (Josh) Knepp and Spenser Johnson Filley; great-nieces and nephews, Peyton, Kash, Atlas and Wyatt; former husband, Robert L. Greenlee; her cat and best snuggle buddy on the couch, Cooper; and cousins, Jack (Pam) Tharp, Jim (Karen) Tharp and Jill Tharp.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Martha Johnson.
Returning to the place she called home for nearly 20 years, visitation for GreenleeSally will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Toni Carmer officiating.
Burial will be held in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN 46563, the National CASA for Children, 100 W. Harrison Street, North Tower, Suite 500, Seatlle, WA 98119 or the Humane Society of Marshall Co, PO Box 22, Plymouth, IN 46563.