Sally Ann Tribett Giffin
Sally Ann Tribett Giffin, 83, passed away suddenly on March 17, 2022, in Sun City West, AZ due to cardiac arrest. She was our ray of sunshine and will be missed tremendously by her family and all who knew her.
Sally was born in Sutton, WV on June 14, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Frank “Dutch” Tribett, who was a state policeman, and Doris Buzzard Tribett McDonald. She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Ted” Giffin and brother, Charles Tribett, as well as brothers-in-laws Joseph Giffin and Ernest Courrier.
Sally lived in Romney and Petersburg, WV before moving to Keyser before her sophomore year. She was a 1956 graduate from Keyser High School where she was a cheerleader, Miss Pep recipient and active in plays, groups, as well as holding officer positions her Senior year. She was outgoing and a friend to everyone, which earned her “Queen Courtesy” in Petersburg as well as a write up in the Petersburg newspaper for the “friendliest girl in town”. She met her husband, Ted, in high school and they married on 8/8/1959. She graduated from the nursing program at Cumberland Memorial Hospital in 1959 and has maintained many wonderful friendships from there.
Sally and Ted had their first child, Brad in Morgantown, WV where Ted was attending WVU. They moved to Santa Maria, CA, and had two more children, Mark and Stacey. In 1965, they moved to Merritt Island, Florida where Ted worked on the Apollo and Saturn launch programs. In 1973, the family moved to Renton, WA and raised their family there.
Sally and a neighbor started their own business in the late 1980’s, The Paint N Paper Dolls, for interior painting and wallpapering. They enjoyed working together and loved what they did.
Ted and Sally moved to Sun City West in 2011 and were “snowbirds” going back up to Renton to stay with their daughter and family each summer. Sally loved the sun and enjoyed living in AZ very much. Ted passed in April 2016 after being married almost 57 years.
Sally enjoyed gardening, travel, dancing and being with friends and family. She was very social and could strike up a conversation with anyone. She had a strong faith in God. She was able to travel to Europe and Ireland within the last few years with her daughter’s family. She was such a joy to be around, and we will forever miss her bright presence with us.
Surviving are her three children, James “Brad” Giffin, Mark Giffin and Stacey Giffin King – all in AZ. Sally was so happy to have all three children in Arizona these last few years. She adored her grandchildren, Rachel and Andrew, who were the light of her life, as well as her son-in-law, Wayne. She is survived by her beloved sister, Connie Courrier and by her nieces and nephews and their extended families.
A memorial service will be held at the Markwood Funeral, Keyser on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Lauren A. Godwin officiating. Inurnment will follow services in Queen’s Meadow Point Cemetery.
Keyser arrangements were entrusted in the Markwood Funeral Home, Inc.
A memorial was held at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West AZ on March 30, 2022 at 2 pm.
If desired, memorial contributions can be made to any children or animal’s charity.
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