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In loving memory of
Sally Onyett
  • August 08, 1951
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  • December 17, 2020

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Sally Onyett 1951-2020
On December 17th 2020, our sweet Sally passed away, her adoring husband Roy and loving children Austen and Leigh by her side.
Born in England, Sally and Roy, immigrated to the United States in 1970. Sally never lost her love for all things British and we will forever miss her playing her bagpipes at the farm in Sorrento she called home. She had picked up this hobby late in life, but coming as no surprise she joined a bagpipe group and loved every minute of it.
Sally was the person that epitomized the phrase “Beautiful on the inside and outside”. She had an easy, charming manner with a gregarious nature and was instantly likable to everyone that she encountered. She left you feeling that you were a ‘better’ person for having known her. She was the person that lit up the room with her engaging smile, quick wit, laughter, sparkling eyes and genuine interest in whatever conversation she was having with friends.
Sally was not someone that stood by, she engaged. When her children were young and expressed a desire to take Karate lessons, it was no surprise that instead of just dropping them off she also joined the class and even earned a brown belt. Sally was also a car enthusiast and her love for her XKE was legendary! She co-founded the Florida Jaguar Club in Central Florida and attended mechanic school to learn more about the cars she loved. She organized the Jaguar Club rally’s and functions throughout these years.
Sally was a lifelong lover of animals and spent four decades rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife, often times she would show up at gatherings with a baby squirrel tucked into her bra. If you knew Sal this was never a shock, but a delight to see as she told you the story of the little squirrel with a glint in her eye and uplifting, lilting English accent. It was during these years that the family built their beautiful farm in Sorrento. The farm with its barn for the horses and all of the animals was a lifelong dream. Sally was the happiest out in the barn with the Dogs, Cats, Horses, Sheep, Goats, Squirrels, Birds, Chickens, Opossums and Raccoons.
For the past 15 years Sally worked for a non-profit organization, raising money for many worthwhile causes. She had a gift for helping others with her generous nature, one of her many qualities that will be greatly missed.
During the last few years Sally battled Cancer and never complained; her spirit shone brightly through this bitter long process. Sally touched so many lives and made the world a better place. She was beloved by her friends and family and was a role model in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi for respecting, loving and ministering to all of God’s creatures.
COVID permitting, a memorial service is planned for the spring when the flowers bloom.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sally’s name can be made to:
Leesburg Humane Society – www.leesburghumanesociety.com/donate

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  3. Jana Blocker says:
    03 Feb 2021
    I met Sally about 20 years ago by dropping off a baby squirrel to her. I told her what a nice house she had and she informed me she was looking for a housekeeper, that just happened to be my line of work. I have been good friends with her every since. Sally was one of the most amazing women I have ever known.
    She always looked like a million bucks. The day she told me she had 3 to 6 months I was in tears. Sally was consoling me saying "Its Ok Dear, don't be sad) Who does that? Sally does. She was a gracious, caring, beautiful lady until the end, I loved her Dearly. Hard to imagine life without her. RIP my sweet friend,
    You will NEVER be forgotten.

  4. Ed and Charly says:
    25 Jan 2021
    Sally was a rare and wonderful friend to all who knew her. Her smile and humor were infectious and her and Roy's graciousness as hosts for gatherings in their home could never be more welcoming. Charly and I fell in love with her almost upon first meeting when we came to Florida back in 2003. Since then she (as a foster-mother for needy animals) supplied us with three of the most wonderful pets anyone could ask for (2 dogs and a cat). The cat was named Sally in her honor. Two of those pets still grace our home with love and affection. Our hugs and condolences go out to Roy and the family and the memories of her will never fade.

  5. Bryan HEWITT says:
    21 Jan 2021
    I'm proud to say Sal was my cousin ...Neither of us knew the existence of the other till 2007 . We met on a genealogy website called Genes Reunited . I saw she was interested in my great grandfather Stephen Boner Hewitt 1845-1912 and guessed she was a relative , I contacted her after joining the website and got an enthusiastic reply . I was the first of her late father's relatives to speak to her , Soon i was to be the first to meet her ! Her father was my gt uncle , or if you like my grandfather's sister's son =( my Dad's cousin ) .....As soon as Sal sent me two photos of her with her family , I could see we were related , she was beautiful !!!!. I received an invite to stay with her a few days and she kindly ok'd i bring my then partner Matthew with me ....Were were made so welcome and had such a lovely time meeting many of her local friends most of whom are gay , that we quit the plan to tour the Everglades and stayed the week with her and dear Roy . I also got to meet her daughter Leigh who was at that time staying in the Stable very comfortably! ...It has been said earlier Sal was beautiful inside and out which is my belief too yet there wasn't a shadow of vanity about her , her kindness was infinite and she would nurse an orphaned squirrel even though the gnawed her irrigation tubes and other mischief! she let one of them on my shoulder and it peed on me! During my second stay in 2009? I was taken on a trip to see some Manatees , it was thrilling ! I also saw a racoon and Armadillo in the wild We planted a tree on the first visit at Matthew's suggestion, a "silk floss tree " at the fence within sight of the house to mark the visit . It mean't a lot to Sal and knowing its a vast tree now it means a lot to me . Sal also gave me my first and only Thanksgiving for which i am so very grateful . One further visit happened about for years ago when Matthew drove me 200 miles north from Lake Worth to see her and meet up with Linda , Ron and Randy for Coffee and to see Randy's salon . it was magical and a very happy occasion . Sal emailed me the terrible news she had weeks to live in late Nov ? She faced death as she faced life , head on. It was cruel that she was taken from us too early ....She was force of nature , she perfected goodness and i am a better person for knowing her . When she left the room it was like someone turned off the light.

  6. Kimberley Byrne lit a candle:
    21 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 21, 2021 at 1:56:16 PM

  7. Kimberley Byrne says:
    21 Jan 2021
    Words cannot express our sadness of the loss of dearest Sally
    A loving friend for over 30 years She was my sister in my heart ❤
    Love and hugs to dear Roy , Austen and Leigh and the family
    In our thoughts always
    Kim and Trev xxxx

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