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Sally M. Nolan

November 25, 1930 — October 9, 2023


Sally Murray Nolan is of Irish descent. She was born on November 25,1930 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to Francis J. Murray and Sadie C. Kelly. One brother and one sister completed the family.

Spouse of the late John J. Nolan. Mother of Ann (Dana) Nolan, Carolyn Nolan, Jack (Rhonda) Nolan, Patricia (Mike) Doyle and the late Catherine Nolan and Kelly Nolan Tonner; grandmother of Shannon and Kyle Sankey (Catherine Nolan) Rachel Doyle and James Rost. Sister of the late Francis J. Murray (Ann) and Anne Marie Barry (John).

After attending St. Nicholas school in Wilkins Barre, she spent two years studying at Katharine Gibbs secretarial school in New York City, an institution founded in 1911 for the career education of young women.

She married John J. Nolan, a traveling salesman, on May 28, 1955, in Washington D.C. while raising a family of one son and five daughters. She also worked as a secretary. Her first secretarial job was working for the director of personnel at the central intelligence agency (CIA). After a number of additional assignments, she served as a secretary to the bishop of the catholic diocese of Kalamazoo.

Following a time of living in D.C. the family made their home in Goshen, Indiana in Royal Oak, Michigan, then in Portage, Michigan for twenty years. After their retirement Sally and her husband moved to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and eventually to Denver Colorado.

The graduation from college of all six of her children is a matter of joy and price.

Her husband died after 58 years of marriage and three months prior to his death their daughter Cathy passed away at the age of 57. Another daughter Kelly who had a heart defect died at the age of 40. 

Sally’s son Jack works for the City of Denver. Her daughters have occupations of CPA, insurance adjuster and of course homemakers. Two of her three grandchildren are in college, and a 11 year old granddaughter lives with her parents in the sate of Washington.

Sally has traveled to Europe several times including Ireland of course! She has also traveled extensively in the United States.

She moved to Clermont Park in May 2015 from her home in southeast Denver.

Although Sally’s life has included times of great sorrow at the Clermont Park, she spreads sunshine. The happy yellow and black sunflower bee decorating her walker is a reflection of the bright smiling face!

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Friday, November 10, 2023

2:00 - 2:45 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Horan & McConaty Funeral Service and Cremation - Southeast Denver/Aurora

11150 E Dartmouth Ave, Aurora, CO 80014

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Graveside Service

Monday, November 13, 2023

2:00 - 2:30 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Fort Logan Cemetery, Colorado, Denver

4400 W. Kenton Avenue, Denver, CO 80236

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