Sally Wasowski

Sally Wasowski

Died peacefully at home in Portland, OR, on December 12, 2020.  In the few weeks following an unexpected terminal diagnosis, she chose to be cared for by her beloveds: husband John Miller, daughter Sora Brodie and a few close friends, with compassionate support from hospice caregivers. Sally was born, raised and lived much of her life in Dallas, TX, where she applied her knowledge of art and nature to designing landscapes using native plants. She and late husband Andy Wasowski co-authored eight books on native plant gardening and nurtured native plant society chapters throughout Texas. After moving to Taos in 1996, they helped organize the native plant society here.  At her home studio in the foothills above Valdez, Sally painted intricate, magical images of plants, birds and animals. She embraced life with open arms and gathered around her a chosen family of creative soul-mates.  They mourned with her when Andy died, and in 2016 they celebrated when she and Johnny exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony, surrounded by family and friends.  Now, too soon, we are mourning the loss of our colorful, generous, down-to-earth Sally.  In the words of family and a few Taos friends: Sally reminded me how precious life is, and to live. (Johnny) I will miss her smile, laugh, creativity, sharp intellect, and all our fun travels together.  (Sora) Sally was open, smart, generous, funny; an artist, editor, and appreciator of beauty, of nature, of classical music, of great food, of all the arts.  She was an enjoyer and lover of life, who spread it around. (Cindy Rea) Sally had a most fabulous palate, could taste the nuances.  That is reflected in how she lived, full of grace, open and aware of all the beauty that lives in the simple details.   (Karen) Within the open-hearted, open-handed Sally was a strong, savvy and resilient woman forged by her life’s journey.  We were friends for 65 years and would have toasted each other on our 75th birthdays this year.  (Mya) Sally was my personal angel before she became one; she was generous without the need of the slightest return… a woman of rare goodness. (Claire) Sally was a kind and generous soul - truly an Angel on Earth.  I will miss her brilliance, passion for native gardening…and her life-changing friendship.  (Christine) Sally was warm and understanding with a great sense of humor, much wisdom and a wonderful sense of adventure and fun. I loved our road trips and culinary discoveries! (Nicole) Sally was an open-hearted and kind friend who shared her home, her cuisine and her artistry with the people she loved. (Carole) For those who want to make a donation in Sally’s memory, please consider a native plant, animal rescue or classical music nonprofit organization in Taos, Portland or Dallas.

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