Sally Neill Candiano

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Sally Neill Candiano died May 17, 2011. She was 88.

Obit_CandianoSally was born October 16, 1922, in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina to Minnie Lee (Carr) and Avery Neill, Sr. At age 2, Sally relocated, along with her extended family, to Alamogordo, New Mexico, to expand her grandfather’s logging and railroad business in the Sacramento Mountains. She attended Alamogordo HS, where she participated in dance and gymnastics and was a drum majorette. She also represented her town in state competition as a New Mexico "Sun Princess." After graduating high school, she studied one year at William Woods College in Missouri, then returned home to help her mother with the family bakery/ice cream business while attending the University of Texas in El Paso. Later, she moved to Southern Calif., with her family where she worked as a secretary for CBS, took flying lessons and eventually became a stewardess for North American Airlines and Flying Tigers, flying domestic routes on the West and East Coasts, and then international routes to Europe. In 1953, Sally joined the U.S. State Department where she worked for the Foreign Service in Washington D.C., Turkey and Germany. In Germany, she helped coordinate the evacuation of refugees after the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956.

In 1957, Sally and Charles (Candy) Candiano were married in Encino, Calif., after meeting in the U.S. Officer’s Club in Frankfurt, Germany. Charles was stationed there after World War II and Sally was employed at the U.S. Embassy. They lived briefly in Arizona, Washington, D.C., NYC, Chicago and New Mexico before settling in Los Altos, Calif., where they lived for 37 years and raised one daughter, Nicole.

Sally and Candy retired to Cloverdale, Calif., in 2000, where they enjoyed visiting the nearby wineries and the redwood forests of Northern California and made many new friends. In 2006, they moved to Washington to be closer to family and resided at Emerald Heights in Redmond, where their circle of friends expanded again.

Sally was a loving wife, busy mother and doting grandmother. She was also a dedicated school volunteer, Girl Scout leader and church volunteer. She found time to complete an AA degree at Foothill Junior College in Los Altos Hills, Calif., and to become a travel agent as well. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, camping, organizing neighborhood parties and gardening. She loved animals, especially cats and donkeys, and rescued many lost and injured pets and wild animals during her lifetime. She was known to "adopt" animals who showed up at her house, only to discover later that they did have families, but preferred living with her because she fed them continuously!

Sally is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles; her daughter, Nicole and son-in-law, Bruce (Johnson); granddaughter, Caya; niece, Gail Neill and half-sister, Katie McCulloch (Albuquerque, NM). She is preceded in death by her brother, Avery Neill, Jr.

Remembrances can be made to Immaculate Heart Monastery of Poor Clare Nuns, 28210 Natoma Rd.Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 or Hope for Horses, PO box 1790, Woodinville, WA 98072, A memorial service will be held 11a.m., Friday, May 27, 2011 at Emerald Heights, Redmond. The family invites you to view photos and share memories in the on-line guestbook at Arrangements by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

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