Archive for April 14th, 2013

I learned of Sally’s passing yesterday…I remember Sally with such warm thoughts. I haven’t  seen her since Skein Lane store front closed…but so often before that. She was a regular at our knitting workshops and events. I so enjoyed reading about Sally’s life….while we often know a lot about people whose paths we cross…I realize that there is always so much more to know.

I so enjoyed knowing Sally!

Sally Belshe

  • “May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with…”
    – American Heart Association

Sally Ann Belshe Resident of Moraga Sally passed away peacefully on March 23 from complications of heart disease. She was born in 1943 to Clarence and Trudy Hamberlin of El Cerrito, California. A woman of many talents, Sally began her career as an elementary school teacher in Richmond after finishing her BA in Education from San Francisco State University in 1965. She was crowned “Miss San Francisco” in 1962. She owned and operated a successful business, “Stained Glass by Sally” for many years before beginning a career as a nurse. She earned her RN degree in 1986 followed by a MS in Cardiovascular Nursing in 1991 with a 4.0 GPA from UCSF. Sally was an educator, an artist, a nurse, a model, an avid golfer, a cherished Mother, and true friend to all who met her. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Bob, her brother James Hamberlin, children Michael, Marie Cottman (Don), Robert Jr. (Randi), and Diana McDonald (Kerry), and nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her twin brother, William Hamberlin, and her parents. Throughout her life, Sally was passionate about education, health, and the well-being of others. After nursing for several years, she continued work as a nurse educator with a focus on patient outcomes and quality health care. In retirement, Sally enjoyed golf and art, and she was a prolific painter, knitter, and jewelry maker. Her family, friends, and doctors have long been inspired by her strength, positive spirit, and keen sense of humor. She will be dearly missed. Friends are invited to a Memorial Celebration at 2:30 pm on April 17th at Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in El Cerrito (7901 Cutting Blvd). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the American Heart Association or to the John Muir Hospital Foundation.

Published in Contra Costa Times on April 13, 2013

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