Sally Ann Eustice - Humphrey of Cheboygan died June 26, 2012 at the Hospice House in Cheboygan after a long battle with cancer. She was born and raised in Cheboygan, attending St. Mary’s elementary school and Cheboygan Catholic High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Education from Western Michigan University. On October 21, 2006 she married Russell T. Humphrey of Cheboygan.
After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1974 she did additional graduate work at Western Michigan, Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. She began to teach at a retail fabric shop she opened in 1976—Sally’s Fabric Shop. For ten years she taught adults and children to quilt, sew and to basket weave. Sally then became an elementary teacher and taught second, third and fourth grades. She taught at Bishop Baraga School for 14 years and in the Wolverine School Public System for nine and a half years.
For ten years, she spent her summer vacations at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City as an historic interpreter. While there she demonstrated 18th century gardening, spinning and dying wool and cooking. While she was at Colonial Michilimackinac she authored a book for the Mackinac State Historic Parks entitled History from the Hearth: A Colonial Michilimackinac Cookbook. In recent years, she spent her time working on the genealogies of many Cheboygan families and doing local history. Sally also served on the board of directors of The Historical Society of Cheboygan County and served as the museum’s Curator of Education. Her last project was to author a book on the early history of Cheboygan County. Published this month by the History Center, the book is entitled When Main Street Was a Path Among the Stumps.
Sally is survived by her husband Russell; her mother and father, Maurice and Barbara Eustice; her sister, Kathleen Eustice; her nephew Joseph Dombrowski, III; her niece Erin Felski and a grand-niece Abbey Felski; by her aunts Mary Maden and Aileen Bauers; her uncles John, Robert (Josephine) and Michael Eustice; and Robert Geyer and many cousins and friends too numerous to list.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday, June 29, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm with a prayer service and sharing of memories at 7:00 pm at the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Student Chapel at Bishop Baraga School. The Rev. Pamela S. Kail, Sally’s cousin, of Lake Fenton United Methodist Church will officiate and burial will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the Bishop Baraga School gymnasium/cafeteria following the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to The Cheboygan County History Center.