Sally M. Desprez

Birth: September 15th, 1940
Death: July 17th, 2010
Age: 69 years
Previous Residence(s):St. Johns

Sally Melinda Desprez (Allen) of Roscommon, Mich. passed away July 17, 2010, at the age of 69 after a brief but fierce battle with leukemia. Although she could not overcome the disease, her participation in two research studies to find new treatments showed her courage and may save future lives. A native of Newberry Springs, Calif., Michigan became Sally’s home at the age of 18 as a young wife and mother, living first in St. Johns, then Saline, Ann Arbor and Roscommon. In her 40s, Sally fulfilled a lifelong dream and earned her degree in computer science with a 4.0 average. A former computer programmer at the University of Michigan, Sally continued to share her talent for computers after retirement by revitalizing the Web site and providing tech support for her church in Roscommon. In her 60s, Sally took up downhill skiing, hiked the Grand Canyon, learned how to paint watercolors, and turned her gift for music toward playing hand-bells in her church choir. Sally’s daughters (Sherri [Mike] Falkenstein, Michelle [Al] Lavra, Lisa Desprez), grandsons (Albert and Daniel Lavra, Bradley and Christopher Orr), sisters (Billie [Stan] Reed, Donna [Steve] Pursiful, Beverly Lowe, Leone Koops), dear friends (Gayle and Phyllis Desprez), and dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will always remember her kindness, grace, devotion, love, intellect, strength and joy in her family. Her life was celebrated with a service at the Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St. Johns on Thursday, July 22. Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are requested in her honor ( Online tributes are at

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