Sallianne Lauman, 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 “Betty” Jones. She attended 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 many years.
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 Center.
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.
Survivors include: 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 or the American Cancer Society. Sallianne's body was donated for research to the University of Washington Medical School. A private celebration of her life will be held in Lynnwood, WA.
Memories of Sallianne may be posted in her guest book.
DEATH IS NOTHING AT ALL
Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I, and you are you; whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we shared together.
Let my name ever be the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect; without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well.
Henry Scott Holland 1847-1918