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Selma “Sally” Law
January 22, 1937 – October 21, 2022
Heaven gained an angel on October 21, 2022, as we unexpectedly lost our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Selma was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado, to John and Katherina (Sagel) Kembel. She was the ninth child of thirteen siblings. Selma was very proud of her Volga German immigrant parents and extended relatives. She felt so blessed to be part of such a large, forever close-knit family.
Selma was not given a middle name at birth. One day at elementary school she was teased about Selma being an old-fashioned name. Selma became Sally from that day forward!
A cowboy from the Colorado Plains played all kinds of pranks on Sally to get her attention in Junior High. That cowboy, Bill Law, married Sally in the spring of 1956 in New Mexico. Sally was an adoring wife and an extraordinary mother to three children (Russ, Barbie, and Leslie). Sally also deeply cherished and grieved two children that passed at birth. She was profoundly blessed to be a grandmother and great-grandmother. Each grandchild brought so much delight to her heart. She loved spoiling each one of them and teaching them all that she could about God and how to live a good life. Bill and Sally were married 64 years when he proceeded her in death in 2020. Their hearts remained connected even though they were separated by time and space. Their marriage was a beautiful testimony of how love will carry you through.
Sally only attended public school through ninth grade because she was needed on the family farm. That didn’t stop Sally from courageously obtaining her high school diploma at the age of 54! Sally had an insatiable love for gardening, cooking, caning, sewing, crafting, doll collecting, and singing! She was a master event coordinator, party planner, and ever-gracious host! Sally was employed over the years as a waitress, owned her own daycare, was a seamstress for Marmot, and an ambassador for Eureka. Alongside Bill, the family operated a large cattle ranch and owned their own businesses (B&B Farm Supply, Bill Law Guide Service, and the Mesa General Store). She was always the biggest cheerleader in the stands for her own children and grandchildren’s FFA, 4H, rodeo, and sports events. We seriously don’t know when she ever slept.
Bill and Sally’s home always had an open door where everyone was treated just the same as family. They valued that they had true friends from every corner of the world. Sally had a passionate, servant’s heart for everyone that entered her home and just had a special way of making every person feel at home for however long they wanted or needed to stay. Every stray animal also received that same loving care. Sally’s biggest expression of love came from her legendary meals that were served at her large kitchen table. Many of the hunters that returned to the family guide service year after year swore it was for Sally’s cooking! Her fried chicken, wild game jerky, cinnamon rolls, and fresh apricot jam will simply never be replicated.
For many years, the Law family hosted the Annual Kembel Family Reunion each summer at their ranch in Mesa, Colorado. Sally absolutely loved this long weekend with her family. She and her siblings could be heard giggling for hours, the cookhouse was filled with scrumptious food, stories were passed down from one generation to the next, unique crafts were made, everyone strolled on long walks or hiked the mountains, all the ranch animals were loved on, and every new baby was extra spoiled by the Aunties. Sally’s heart was fullest during this blissful reunion each year.
Sally was passionate about using her heart and talents to just love on the people around her every day. She shared God’s love through volunteering with Commandos for Christ on the Front Range and Camp Id-Re-Ha-Je on the Western Slope. Her home was always an open place for youth group events, and she loved inspiring a group of young women as a Pioneer Girls Leader. She touched countless lives with her quiet grace, resolute strength, and discerning wisdom.
Sally is survived by four siblings, three children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren:
Russell (Dana): Misty (John) Kyle, Lane, Zoe, Lily Ziva; Gary, Bentley, Frances, Augustus; Lori (James), Jerrica, James Jr., Justin, Shayona, Timmy, Dakota
Barbara: Megan (Rory), Kendra, RaeLynn; Kamren
Leslie (Tad): Blake; Joe (Amanda), Kaysen; Isaac; Zane; Lance
A Gathering to honor Bill and Sally Law’s legacy will be held on the Mesa during the summer of 2023.
In lieu of flowers or donations, please tell someone close to you just how much you love them today, buy a special doll for a deserving child, spread some wildflowers in the spring or purchase a hummingbird feeder and delight in the hummingbirds that return each summer as much as Sally did.
“Do What You Can, and Can The Rest.” “I love you MORE!” Sally Law
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