It is with great sadness that the family of Sally Marie Whannell announce her passing on October 31, 2021, in Centralia, Washington, from complications associated with rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

Sally was born March 6, 1943 in Aberdeen, Wash., To Morris and Edna Dagnen, and raised with her brothers Gary and Scotty on the family-owned Wynoochee Valley dairy farm outside of Montesano.

A 1961 graduate of Montesano High School, she married the love of her life, Robert Bruce Whannell, on August 24, 1962, after her freshman year at Washington State University. During their 59-year marriage, they resided in Federal Way, Montesano, Enumclaw, Morton, Warrenton, Oregon, and Chehalis.

She was a dedicated wife and mother, an exceptional housewife and active partner with her husband Robert as they operated a dairy farm in Morton for 15 years and a cranberry farm in Warrenton, Oregon for 28 years. She was a source of advice and wisdom for her sons and a huge fan of their athletic endeavors during their school years, attending countless athletics and baseball, basketball and football matches, at the home and outdoors.

A woman of deep Christian faith, she has been an active Sunday school teacher and youth group leader and has served on many church committees over the decades. And on several occasions, she has also volunteered to serve as a polling agent on election day.

She and Robert especially enjoyed traveling around the United States and the world to visit their sons and the interesting places near where they lived at the time. These trips have taken them to places such as Mississippi, Alaska, Hawaii, Delaware, Texas, Arizona, Belgium, France, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Guam and Saipan.

Sally is survived by her husband Robert Bruce Whannell, Chehalis, Washington; son Thomas Scott and wife Karen of McKinney, Texas; son Jeffrey Wayne and wife Pako of Goodyear, Arizona; son Daniel Joseph and wife Tammy of Rockwall, Texas; her grandchildren Julia, Laura, Olivia, Kyla, Jordyn, Annsylee, Zachary and Harley. She is also survived by brothers Gary and Scotty Dagnen, both of Montesano, Wwashington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Sally will be held at the Onalaska Presbyterian Community Church at noon on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Pastor Nerison will preside.

His family would like to thank the Sharon Care Center for the wonderful care they received before his death.


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