83, died peacefully of natural causes in Seattle, WA on February 2, 2016.
Sallianne was born
Sally Ann Jones on September 4, 1932, in Gary, IN, to William and Elizabeth
Emerson High School in Gary, and was an avid dancer, having spent a season
with the San Francisco Ballet as a teenager and performing in various revues
and club acts throughout her youth. She also ran her own dancing school for
Sallianne lived in
Chesterton, IN, for over 30 years prior to moving to Lynnwood, WA, in 2007.
While in Chesterton, she and her late husband, Dwight, owned and operated
Broad Horizons Travel agency from 1984-2002. She and Dwight had many
wonderful travel adventures together, having set foot on six continents and
going on numerous cruises around the world together.
She also loved
music and to sing, especially big band music and American Songbook
standards. Additionally, Sallianne was an avid University of Notre Dame
football and NFL fan and was a voracious reader. Sallianne attended Holy
Rosary Church in Edmonds, WA and was an active member of the Edmonds Senior
Though she had many
jobs and played many roles over the years, she considered her greatest to be
that of mother.
Her family and
friends will greatly miss her humor, amazing recollection of song lyrics,
and her zest for life. They would like to extend their sincere thanks to
Evergreen Home Health Services and the Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle
Medical Center, especially Dr. James Schlenker and his staff.
her daughter Lisa (Lauman) Downs and husband Chris of Redmond, WA; son
Michael Bilski and wife Chris Jaeggi of Arlington Heights, IL; daughter
Sally (Bilski) Parker and husband Bret of Cypress, TX; stepson Bradley
Lauman and wife Dina of Rockford, IL and step-grandson James Lauman; sisters
Elizabeth “Betty” (Jones) Burns of The Villages, FL; Janet Jones of
Scottsdale, AZ; and brother Bill Jones of Merrillville, IN. She was preceded
in death by her husband Dwight Lauman, her granddaughter, Colleen Gannuch,
and her sister, Shirley (Jones) Zaradich.
In lieu of flowers,
the family asks that a donation be made in Sallianne's name to the Wounded
Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org) or to the American
Cancer Society (donate.cancer.org).
was donated for research to the University of Washington Medical School. A
private celebration of her life will be held in Lynnwood, WA.
Sallianne may be posted at