Created on Saturday, 17 November 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Sally J. Turner Groves, 76, passed away peacefully Oct. 10, 2012, with her sweetheart of 56 years holding her hand, at their home in Bowie, Md.
She was born in Bellefontaine on Feb. 2, 1936, to the late J. Emerson and D. Gertrude Fraley Turner, and greatly enjoyed her many friends and fun times here. She also was preceded in death by a son, Michael E. Groves; and her brother, Ronald J. Turner.
Sally is survived by her beloved husband, Max Edward Groves; three children, Christie (Jim) Hunt of River Forest, Ill., Kirk (Susan) Groves of Chester, Md., and Kelly (John) Winslow of West River, Md.; six granddaughters, Katelyn Hunt, Anne Hunt, Sadie Groves, Clara Groves, Lila Winslow and Anna Winslow; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Collins) Turner of Peosta, Iowa; and brother- and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Wilcoxon Groves of Gallipolis.
Sally earned a teaching certificate from Ohio University, married fellow Bellefontaine native Max Groves on Aug. 30, 1956, and taught elementary school in New Straitsville for two years.
Following Max’s graduation from OU, the couple lived in Reynoldsburg, Colden, N.Y., Camp Springs, Md., and Bowie, Md.
Sally and Max had four children. She devoted her life to her family and was a regular volunteer in the schools, an enthusiastic fan at sporting events, and a good friend and neighbor to many. Later, she and Max owned and operated Sail America, Inc., a sailboat dealership and boat yard in Annapolis, Md., for more than 30 years.
A very proud and loving mom and grandma to her children and six granddaughters, Sally enjoyed spending time with family, going on trips to Cape Cod and the Caribbean with Max, attending high school and college reunions, gardening, sending cards for every occasion, adopting and loving numerous stray cats and dogs, eating ice cream, cooking and baking.
In recent years, she especially enjoyed watching the dances and comedy routines that her granddaughters organized and performed when they got together. Her selflessness, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Services were conducted.
Memorial donations may be made to Bracelets for Hope (started by one of her granddaughters in 2010 to benefit children with cancer), c/o Queenstown Bank, 1423 Main St., Chester, MD 21619; (not tax deductible), or to the charities of the donors’ choices.