Funeral service will be held for Sally Stuart, age 101, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Woosley Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 1, 2023, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home. Mrs. Stuart passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
Sally Faye Grubbs Stuart was born on 4/10/1922 to Mancel and Sallie Grubbs in Midlothian, Texas, one of 15 children. When she was 13, her mother died leaving the older children to care for the younger ones. At 16, she moved to Dallas to live in a boarding house with Mr. and Mrs. Preston. She got a job working in an ice cream shop and soon secured a job in the soda fountain at Southern Methodist University. One by one, her sisters moved into the boarding house until the last one, Joyce Anne, arrived at the tender age of 14. She credits Mr. and Mrs. Preston with keeping the girls out of trouble at such a young age, alone in Dallas. Through an introduction by a mutual friend, she met the love of her life, George Stuart. He took her to Point Tx to meet his family and before long, they were engaged to be married. Sally and George were married for 10 years and considered themselves “child Proof” until she started experiencing some odd symptoms. Describing them to a group of her sisters in law, they all burst out laughing and told her, “Sally! You’re PREGNANT!” After confirming this with her doctor, she made the announcement to George. “I hope he doesn’t ask me for the moon, cause I will give it to him!” was his response. Beautiful, bouncing Baby Gary was born on Sept.13, 1955 and taken home to their tiny little house in Dallas Tx. Sally was a full-time mother to Gary, and George lived for the weekends as he hated living in Dallas. Sally would have all of the housework done and the car packed when the whistle blew for George’s work week to end. He headed straight for Rains County to help his parents, and work on fencing his land he was buying, preparing for a time when he could retire and become a full-time rancher. Sally and her family moved to Point Texas in 1970 after George retired from Ford Motor Company. She got a job at the Rains Independent School as a cook where she prepared delicious meals for the kids for almost 10 years. Inevitably, when she is out and about in Emory or Point, a former student will come up to her and tell her how much they loved her food in the cafeteria. Sally and George remodeled an old house on the property that they had bought on RS CR 1396 that was being used to store hay. Sally hauled water to the house from his parents’ home for years until they finally got their own well. She did everything from sheetrock work, to climbing on the roof to paint the doghouse. They lived in the white house with a porch across the front for the rest of Georges life. Sally’s sister-in-law, who was recently widowed herself, offered to have Sally move in with her, but Sally said, if you can do it, so can I. She bought an electric blanket to keep from freezing to death in the winters and went on with her life. She had close friends, a whole battalion of sisters in law, caring neighbors who looked out for her, and Woosley Baptist church, where she was Baptized at 23 and has been a member for almost 80 years. Sally continued to care for herself for over 25 years. She fell from standing on a small table to change out her curtains and suffered a severe break in her arm at the age of 90. The doctors said that some people that age, he would just cast and let them finish out their days in a nursing home, but not Sally. She got full restorative surgery and lived alone for several years until another fall landed her in the hospital. She finally moved in with her son, Gary, in 2017 where she received the most exquisite care ever given to a woman by her son. She was tenderly nursed in Gary’s home until she drew her last breath on 11/28/2023, peacefully in her own bed, surrounded by family and friends. At the moment of her death, all warning sirens in Sulphur Springs went off, giving heaven a warning that she was coming in hot.
Sally is survived by her son Gary Stuart and his wife Denise; granddaughter Amie Stuart Dugan and her husband Lanie; grandson Mark Stuart and his wife Dani; bonus granddaughters; Stephanie Grammer and Bethany Grammer; bonus grandson Kelsey Grammer; great-granddaughter Allison Dugan; great-grandsons Austin Dugan and Kolsten Stuart; and bonus great-grandsons Jaden Grammer and Austin Grammer. The bond Sally shared with her family will continue to live on, providing strength, love, and guidance for generations to come.
She was greeted in Heaven by her loving parents, Husband George, great granddaughter Addison Dugan and all of her siblings.