Friday, July 20, 2018

Sally Jane Smith (Jay Bigler) of Valley Springs

   Sally Jane Smith (Jay Bigler), a resident of Valley Springs, passed away on July 13, 2018.

   Born in Flint, Michigan on November 12, 1928, she grew up in Pontiac, in Oakland County, Michigan.

    Jay is survived by her wife of 10 years, Stacey Hebrard of Valley Springs, nieces Amy Heymann Patterson and Janet Powell, nephews Thomas and Fritz Heymann and her great nieces Kathryn, Barbara and Alyssa Patterson.

   Jay was preceded in death by her parents, father Donald Smith, DDS and mother Lois Smith. Also by Barbara "Bobbie" Lance partner of 27 years.

   Jay's favorite childhood memories were of Ipperwash Beach Canada, where she spent most of her summers with her grandparents, aunts and cousins.

   She started working locally at Sears Roebuck, Co. in Pontiac, Michigan as a type setter doing layouts for weekly ads.

    In 1948 she enlisted in the US Navy. After basic training in 1949 she was assigned as an Air Controller in Pensacola, Florida.

   In 1952 she was assigned to Whiting Field, Milton Florida. In 1953 she transferred to USNAS North Island, San Diego until 1958.

  In 1958 Jay went to work for the (FAA) Oakland Tower and Oakland TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) where she worked until she retired in 1978 as Supervisory Air Traffic Control Specialist.

   Jay gave her time an service to Area 12 Agency on Aging, Meals on Wheels, Senior Lunch Program, Habitat for Humanity and was a member of American Legion Post 102 since the 1990's.

   Her favorite charities were St. Jude Children's Hospital and Smile Train because she hated suffering and most of all seeing young children suffer.  She also supported Quilts of Honor because they honor our veterans who fought and gave their all for this country.

   Jay loved cooking for others, making it beautiful as well as delicious. Jay was an avid golfer belonging to the Sequoia Woods Country Club in Arnold and the La Contenta Women's 18 Holers in Valley Springs.

   She enjoyed golfing all over the state, setting up tournaments and was a certified golf rules official.  She also loved traveling and nature.  Bald eagles were her favorite bird and she said that sunsets were God's paintbrush at work.

  She will be missed!  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Jay Bigler's honor.

   San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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