Sallie Burrow Hajny, 61

In Fort Worth, Texas, an unmarried nursing student found herself expecting a baby. In 1951, however, the college didn’t allow this.

Times were certainly different then. This young lady, Dolletta (Cliff) Byars, did the bravest thing a mother could do. She let another couple, John Edwin and Epsy Wheeler Burrow, adopt her daughter and love her as their own. This baby, born June 27, 1951, was named Sallie.

Sallie was greeted by a sister five years older, Mary Jane (Jeff) Heffington, who had also been adopted into this loving family. These two girls were best friends their entire lives. Their father was always busy with the two shoe stores he owned and he made sure that his two girls always had the latest fashion in new shoes. Their mom guided the girls in how proper ladies should act as if Emily Post was their textbook. Sallie, however, always had her own ideas. Her mother must have said on more than one occasion, "I hope you grow up and have a little girl just like you!"

Sallie had that spirit all of her life. She went to college and received a Master's Degree in nutrition. Here again, not many women in the 1970s went on for that much education. While working in Dallas, Sallie was introduced to a young man who was there visiting his brother. Shortly afterward the spirited Sallie took a huge leap of faith, moved north to Milwaukee, and married Roger Hajny in 1979.

After a few years of marriage, Sallie was told by a doctor that she would probably be unable to have any children. That was not the kind of thing she wanted to hear, and with Sallie’s typical style, her daughter Sarah was born soon after. Much like her mother, Sarah came on her own timetable. Sallie now had a little girl like herself, just as her mother wished she would! Life was good with a single baby. However, Sallie with her usual distinctive style, gave birth to triplet boys just 11 months later: Paul (Jenna), Andrew and John Preston.

Suddenly, everything changed. A move from a two bedroom house to a four bedroom house in Cedarburg became necessary. Her professional job was as a consult dietician in nursing homes where she always put residents’ needs first. Her real job however was raising her four wonderful children. This meant many birthday parties (but only two per year!), soccer, T-ball and Boy Scouts. Sallie was a leader of a Brownie troop that she guided through to Girl Scouts. And later she took a troop to England where another whole book could be written.

Sallie’s children were raised using the same solid values she was raised with, and that included her love of shoes!

While all of this was going on, there was also her love of dogs.

Sallie volunteered at the Ozaukee Humane Society for nearly a decade. One time, she brought a dog home to board for the weekend saying the shelter was full ... and that dog is still in their home!

Another time, while working at a distant job, Sallie called home and said, "Honey, I am bringing home a dog, meet me at the airport." That dog weighed 100 pounds!

This was Sallie’s spirit. In 2009, cancer struck on her 30th wedding anniversary. Extreme surgery followed and then chemotherapy and radiation. Although she beat the cancer into remission, that merely delayed the inevitable for three years. She made the most of that time with trips to Ireland, England and other places. But, Sallie’s greatest pleasure came from Sunday afternoon motorcycle rides with her husband so they could have simple lunches together. Sallie Noble Burrow Hajny, 61, of Cedarburg, died peacefully at Kathy Hospice on Oct. 11, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

Sallie’s visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 3906 W. Mequon Road, Mequon, with the funeral service following at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Southeast Wisconsin or to the Ozaukee Humane Society.

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Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.