STAPLES -- Sally Ann Killion, 68, Staples, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
She was born July 1, 1932, in Atlantic, Iowa, to John and Hazel (West) Blake. She graduated from Atlantic High School. She attended college in Chicago and Iowa before graduating from Morningside College with a bachelor's degree in music. She married Otto Leroy Essington and they lived in Brayton, Iowa, Wichita, Kan., and Wiota, Iowa. They later divorced and she moved to Park Rapids. She married Leonard Killion and they owned and operated a resort and supper club on Long Lake in Park Rapids. They owned many resorts, supper clubs and other businesses throughout Minnesota. In 1973 she began her teaching career as a teacher at Long Prairie High School. They later moved to Anoka where she taught commercial food preparation at the technical school. In December 1976, they moved to Staples and Sally taught commercial food preparation at Staples Vo-Tech. She was also co-owner of the Pepper Mill Restaurant in Staples. The last few years, she sold real estate and time-share through Breezy Point and later worked there in customer service.
Survivors include a son, Jim "JD" Essington, Brooklyn Park; two daughters, Lisa DesMarais, Brainerd, and Lori Grittner, Pillager; and eight grandchildren.
Her parents and her husband, Leonard, died earlier.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Brenny Funeral Home of Staples with Pastor Brian Burton officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery.
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