Sally was born May 20, 1933, in Woods Cross, Utah in her grandparents’ home. Her grandparents were Archie & Annie Parkin, and she was delivered by doctor Stocks.
She was born during the great depression when life was hard for many Americans. Her grandparents had a farm and were better off than a lot of people. They were able to produce things to eat and her grandfather had employment.
She was the daughter of Grant H. Worthen and Sarah L. Parkin Worthen. She was an only child. She was mostly raised by her grandparents where she had ten aunts and uncles mostly living there at the time. She was almost the same age as her uncle Junior.
Her time with her grandparents was a good time in her life. She attended South Davis Junior High (Bountiful Junior High now) and Davis High School where she had many good friends and was involved in school activities, including the swim team.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She married Dan Giatras on July 27, 1951, in Salt Lake City. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on March 6, 1961.
They are the parents of five children: Danny Giatras (Kristen), Chris Giatras (Sue), Kathaleen Bryant (Mark), Mark Robert Giatras, and Carol Ann Giatras. She is a proud grandparent of thirteen grandchildren and a great-grandparent to 44 great-grandchildren. She also has one great great-granddaughter, Libby, and three greats on the way at her passing.
Sally and Dan served two full time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, they served two and a half years at the Red Cliffs Care Center in St. George Utah where Sally served in the Relief Society Presidency, and Dan made sure the Sacrament was prepared, blessed, and passed every Sunday. They spent time during the week with the residents giving support and help. They also were called on a mission for one year to help prepare for the new Desert Industries that was built in St. George. They sorted items to stock the shelves and took inventory of items that were received. Dan repaired electronic items that would be placed later on the selves. They were proud of the service they gave.
Sally loved life and family and tried to be supportive to all until the end.
Sally was a widow for twenty-one years. Dan passed away on July 7, 2002, in Farmington, Utah. They are now together to watch over their posterity.
A few thoughts from Sally which she published in her life history as she turned eighty.
I hope, if anyone cares, they will read this and maybe learn somethings. They may even perhaps compare themselves as they go through their journey through life.
I have reached the time in life when life has stopped giving to me and started taking away from me. I will share with you my love for my Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful he has been my number one companion through my journey.
I have often wondered, “Is my memory something I have or something I have lost?” Revisiting memories are essential to going into the future. My grandchildren and great-grandchildren have taught me so many things, and I am so grateful for them. I will always try to look at the world through young eyes. I have learned that I am the only one who can make my choices, and then I must live with them. I will try to remember that if I am always worried about others, I will forget myself.
This is from my memory alone. It seems I have spent my whole life sharing everything with everyone else. The strange thing is, that those around me know my face better than I do, and yet inside they don’t know me at all. Inside I am all alone! Inside I am still the little girl that chased rabbits, helped herd cows, hauled hay, loved butterflies and clouds, went fishing with my grandparent, played in the mud, painted myself with make belief jewels, and everything my imagination would let mud do. I later loved to dance at Salt Air, Lagoon, church and school activities. I loved a bit of adventure and perhaps flirted with the boys more than I should have.
Insider I am still a wife, mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. I have often said that I have never felt nearer to heaven than the way I felt when hearing my children laughing and playing in the back yard, or the many trips in the summer we took to the good old Chevron Pool!
Great occasions may be forgotten but the heart clings to small things observed in moments of quietness. Little things you always remember, little moments of eternity.
These inside people sometimes seem more real to me than this elderly woman whose eyes have dimmed and whose hearing is not as keen as it once was, whose hair is white, who has walked the long road in life, and who has collected a lot of dust and more than a few cobwebs. I have accumulated a miscellany of knowledge; most of it useless.
All of these inside people are very real, and I get lonely when I visit with them. It seems you really don’t know me at all. You only see me as I am right now, walking alone without Dan, for the last few miles of my journey… but it has been a neat journey!
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2023 at the Centerville meeting house, 1125 North 400 West, Centerville, Utah, where a viewing will be held from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. prior to services.
Interment is at the Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, Utah.
The family would like to thank the care givers at the Pheasant View Assisted Living in Kaysville for their kind and constant care for Sally and the A-Plus Hospice Company who cared for her until her passing.
Services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and this obituary page.