Sally Ruth Hane Tawse Sally Tawse, 72, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, in Pueblo, CO, after two years of failing health. She was surrounded by her family who loved her absolutely. A mother, wife, friend, grandmother, sister, aunt, nurse, artist, and rebel spirit, she will be missed by many. She was born to Richard L. Hane, M.D. and Ruth H. Hane on Nov. 6, 1936, in Fort Wayne, IN; subsequently she lived in Astoria, OR, Pacific Grove, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, Oakhurst, Fresno and Tuolumne, CA., prior to moving with her husband to Pueblo in 1983. She found much joy in the family's simple cabin in Beulah. No matter where she lived, Sally remained connected to the Pacific Ocean. Its natural beauty was a lifelong source of joy. A registered nurse who never chose an 'easy assignment,' Sally graduated from the Knapp School of Nursing in Santa Barbara in 1958. She loved caring for her patients, whether in the Intensive Care Unit or the Teen Ward, and she was a lifelong advocate for respecting the sick. She pulled no punches as a nurse, even later in her career when she an RN on one of tougher wards at the CO State Hospital. Married to her Pacific Grove H.S. sweetheart Clinton 'Rusty' Tawse in 1957 in the Church of the Wayfarer, Carmel, CA, Sally set and pulled up roots with her family many times. While the geography changed, her children were her compass for life. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Clinton Hughes Tawse; her sister, Nancy Spiekerman of Stockton, Calif.; her children, Sylvia Ruth Tawse of Longmont, Richard Clinton Tawse of Pueblo, Jennifer Ann Tawse of Boulder, and Bonnie Jean Tawse of Chicago, IL; and her grandchildren Cassidy Ann Tawse-Garcia, Emily Stromm Davis, Madeline Artemis Davis, Clinton Hart Davis, Claire Pema Stalhuth, Samuel Hughes Grossman and Benjamin Isaac Grossman; and by her nephews, Scott Pilchard and Chuck Spiekerman; and nieces, Susie Todd, Suzanne Pech, and her namesake, Sally Hutley. Sally was an amateur artist with special talent in watercolor and, later in life, sticker art--especially loved by her grandchildren as well as the local post office employees. She had a gifted eye for art, collecting those works she simply loved: Kloss, Helgoe, Radeaux, Solano, among others. Her life was surrounded by folk, fine and grandchildren's art as if every wall or cranny was an opportunity to appreciate visual beauty and sharp wit, both of which she also possessed. Never one to spend unwisely, Sally knew how to make a family feast from little and clever gifts from garage sale-discovered treasures. She was her own clever mixture of sass and warmth, serious and fun, spirit and earth. She was always and will forever be. . .creatively resilient. A Celebration of Life Reception will be held in Sally Tawse's honor 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at Pastures of Plenty Farm, Longmont, CO 80503. The Tawse Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to either the Point Pinos Lighthouse Fund with the City of Pacific Grove, Attn. Polly Fry, 2100 Sunset DVD., Pacific Grove, CA 93950 or to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care Center, 1207 Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81005. Online condolences,

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  1. I have many fond memories of our younger years in Pacific Grove, and to this day they make me smile, Sally just had a special way of making people smile, I will miss her so. My heart and prayers are with you Rusty and family.

  2. We knew Sally best through Richard’s love for her — it doesn’t come much bigger than that. A dear and free-spirited girl to the end; Sally wore life’s Grace well.

    Our thoughts are with you.

  3. My dear Sally, how I will remember you. Oakhurst & Twain Harte with all our children growing together, the great times with Lady Lions, school activities,clamming at Pismo Beach, a little party here and there. Our last visit and Ken and Barbara’s.There is not room here for all the memories and all my love, sweetie

  4. I feel so privileged to have shared so many fond memories of Sally (my best friend) from 4th grade to three days recently visiting her and part of her beautiful family while in Colorado.

  5. My prayers are with all of you. There are many fond memories that will come to mind when we think of Sally.

  6. Richard – I read your mom’s obit in the Chieftain on Sunday. I am sorry for your loss. Keep coming back, one day at a time. Charles

  7. Sally your beautiful spirit, and incredible gift of love and making those around you more alive is now doing the same somewhere far better that here….miss you..Taylor

  8. We are here for all of you and we are thinking about you. We sponsored the planting of the Eucalyptus trees in memory of Sally through the save the Koala foundation, they will grow as a living memory of her love, like the Koala of the eucalyptus. These trees are enough to sustain a mother Koala and her Joey. Sally will live on in the Aussie bush.
    Love you all , thinking about you all..
    Tracey & Craig , Mum, Dad, Nanna, The Doyle kids -Sean, Renee & Ryan, Brother Rian, lulette, Casey Izabella and all your friends down under

  9. My thoughts and best wishes are with you all. While I never met Mrs. Tawse, it seems that she has passed on many of her wonderful attributes and characteristics, particularly a strong sense of humor and a creative eye. I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. I remember Sally from our halcyon years at Pacific Grove High School class of 1955. She will continue to brighten those memories.

  11. I remember Sally from our Pacific Grove H S Class of 1955. She was so nice, and seemed to always be smiling.

  12. Bonnie, I’ve heard so many great stories about your mom. I know she was a terrific mother and great spirit. She must have been, just look at you ! Love to you and all the Tawse family. Affectionately, Helen

  13. I think we all have a special place in our hearts for classmates when we
    were young. Even though I hadn’t seen
    Sally until the 50th PGHS class reunion I was always fond of her. And
    for the past week I’ve sat at my computer looking at a small photo of
    her in the yard of Robert Down School on Pine Avenue. I’m sure its the same smile. She’ll be missed.
    Will send photos.
    My sympathies to family & friends –

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