Sally Cole Eaton: 1957 - 2004

Sally was born in Hampshire, England, the second daughter of William and Joyce Cole. Sally went to Portsmouth High School for girls, Fareham Technical College, and trained to become a Registered Nurse at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. She loved her time working pediatric patients at the Royal Marsden, the most famous Oncology Hospital in England. Adventuresome, she spent the next two years as an ICU nurse at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Naussau, Bahamas. She returned to the UK but was quickly recruited to work at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. Working as the head nurse on the plastic and and replantation ward, she met Charles, and they married in 1987. Further training took the couple to Idaho, Australia, and Utah before they settled in Palm Beach County in 1992 with three children. Along the way, Sally worked as a pediatric nurse at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Salt Lake City. In Florida, Sally worked at Children's Medical Services, and after delivering her fourth son, continued working at CMS and as a newborn baby photographer at St. Mary's Hospital. In 1996, she travelled to England to reconcile with her long estranged father, became a naturalized American citizen, and continued working until later that same year when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Despite surgery, she never fully recovered, and remained a stay-at-home mom.

Sally loved to read, a cup of Earl Grey tea, the Bahamas, spicy foods, cookbooks (but just to look at...), the Rolling Stones, arts and crafts and English gardens, but mainly, she loved people. Sally was a kind, sympathetic, selflessly giving person who naturally put people at ease, perpetually cheerful, with sharp wit and an infectious laugh. She was mean to no one and never complained, ever. Although gentle and caring, she was no pushover. She was strong, adventurous, and fearlessly kind. She was liked by everyone who met her, loved by her friends. and made close friendships everwhere she lived. She loved all children, loved her own children very dearly and was a devoted mother and wife.

Sally passed away peacefully at home the morning of December 13, comforted by the presence of her husband, her sister and Hospice. She is survived by her four boys, Jonathan, Mark, Christopher and Nicholas, her husband Charles, her sister Sue and Sue's children Sophie, Richard and Alexandra.