Sally Brown O’Hara

SALISBURY — Sally Brown O’Hara, age 91, of Salisbury, went home to her Savior, Jesus, on Dec. 14, 2022. She was born Feb. 12, 1931, in Yonkers, New York to Harold Leonard Brown and Eleanor Gorton Brown, and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. She was a colorist in Manhattan for a fabric company before raising a family in the Chicago area and later in Michigan. She was full of life, quick to smile, and loved to laugh. She’s most remembered by her children as a wonderful mother and a woman with many interests. She worked at a needlepoint shop sharing her enthusiasm for needle arts with others, and later, in residential real estate sales, a great fit for her dynamic personality and interest in home design and decor. She loved to learn, was an avid reader, and enjoyed sailing, drawing, painting, flower arranging, bridge, gardening, tennis, and golf. She learned to snow ski when 50 years old and shared her love of art and history as a docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts for many years.

She is survived by her husband, John O’Hara of Salisbury, her children Doug (Cathy) McElfresh and Sandy (Yvonne) McElfresh of North Carolina, Sally (Dave) Nelson of Ohio, her stepchildren Pam (Wally) Johnson of California, John (Amy) O’Hara Jr. of Michigan, Chris (Mark) Baron of Tennessee, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her sister Nancy Neeld Frisbie, son John McElfresh, granddaughter Heather Wegman, and great grandson Jacob. A memorial service will be held at the Canaan United Methodist Church at 2 Church St., Canaan, CT 06018 on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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