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Rena Anne Nowell

02/11/1942 ~ 06/21/2018

Services will be held: 06/25/2018

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Doris Ann Cannady

11/17/1945 ~ 06/22/2018

Services will be held:

Shirlow Powell

Alfred Shirlowe Powell

04/22/1933 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

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Timothy Wayne Bartholomew

12/11/1951 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

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Betty Jane Jordan

04/23/1927 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/23/2018


Bobby Stuart Ferrell

06/15/1956 ~ 06/19/2018

Services will be held: 06/22/2018


Michael Todd Coleman

04/16/1964 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/26/2018

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Cindy Marie Allen

03/11/1958 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/21/2018

Sarah Ellen Eisley Desmond

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9/5/1938 ~ 07/09/2017

Sarah Ellen (Eisley) Desmond (Sally), PhD., born September 5, 1938 in Charleroi, PA, raised in New Cumberland, PA. Resident of Raleigh, NC since 2007. Beloved wife of Richard Earl Desmond, PhD. They were married in Washington DC on June 1, 1963. Sally is survived by her husband, and two sons, Richard, Jr., of Eugene, OR and Robert, of Raleigh.


She is also survived by four grandsons: Red and Cal of Eugene, OR and Bowen and Kellen of Raleigh, and her sister, Suzanne Vanderbilt of Redondo Beach, CA. Sally was predeceased by her father, Freeman Eisley and her mother, Clara Voigt Eisley of New Cumberland, PA.


Sally was an outstanding student. From New Cumberland High School, she won scholarships enabling her to attend Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA in 1957. She graduated in 1960, Magna cum Laude, with a major in English. She then won a scholarship to attend Boston University to pursue a Master’s degree in Government, which she attained, with Honors in 1962. In Boston, she met her husband-to-be, Richard Desmond in1962. They were married at St. Stephen’s in Washington, DC on June 1, 1963. The couple moved to Minneapolis, MN in 1964, where Sally worked in Higher Education Administration, while her husband pursued a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Sally was as good a worker as she was a student.


In 1970, Sally moved to Pittsburgh, PA where her husband joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and she enrolled in the PhD Program in Higher Education Administration. The couple had two sons and lived in Mt. Lebanon until they moved to Raleigh in 2007. Sally received her PhD, taught at the U. of Pittsburgh, and was active in PTA in Mt. Lebanon. She loved being a mother more than any of her other roles, and was a wonderful mother, as her sons attest. Sally contracted Parkinson’s Disease in 1986 and lived with it until her death in 2017, an outstanding amount of time to cope with this disease. She coped with Parkinson’s with courage and dignity and never complained. This was the way she lived her life; with strength, love and dignity.


A memorial service will be held 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh. The family will receive friends from 3:30-5:00 PM at the funeral home prior to the service.


Contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation, 5969 Cattle Ridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34232 or www.parkinsonshope.org


Condolences may be made to www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com



3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 27604



5:00 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 27604


  1. Riley Butler

    My condolences to Richard, Rich, Robbie and family members. My thoughts are with you.


  2. freda brittain

    With deepest sympathy,
    Freda Brittain

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