Sally Jo Martino
Sally was born on November 8, 1985 in Houston, TX to Mark Anthony Martino and Sarah Ganaway. She was an amazing daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend to all. She loved fiercely and always selflessly gave to others. She wore her heart on her sleeve and expressed her love openly with all those around her with a warm hug, a sweet smile and always by saying “I love you”. Not once- but three or four times.
Sally, always had a creative passion as her outlet. Whether it was with painting pottery, knitting, making jewelry, arranging fresh flowers (her favorite being yellow roses) coloring, journaling or creating her own essential oils. She loved knitting treasured afghans for her friends and family. Sally was meticulous and always took the time to carefully select the right color of yarn knowing that the recipient would love and how many loops she knitted for each blanket. Every new baby that entered her life in some way received one of her special, created from the heart blankets.
Sally also had a passion for baking. If there were ever a gathering, celebration or holiday you knew that Sally would prepare the sweetest treats for those around her. She was always the first to ask what she could bring to any event. It thrilled her to find ideas off of Pinterest and create a beautiful display of her baked goods and charcuterie trays. Sally would doll up in her aprons, fun jewelry and join in the family fun. Sally loved her fancy nails and she had the most beautiful hands. Rest assured that she would always have something fun on her nails for each holiday. One of her favorite childhood to adulthood memories was to watch her family gather in the kitchen and fry up carduna.
Family and love were her top priorities and she never failed to express that love every moment she could. Sally loved her family fiercely, never asked for anything but was always ready to give or do for anyone. She had a giving heart with every person she encountered. Sally never met a stranger and immediately let them know that they had a friend in her or were considered part of her family. She loved her pets Mr. Fred, Fat Cat and Mini. These were her fur babies and she spoiled them with love. As a family, we loved her healing hands that gave the best back scratches, her friendly smile and her warm heart. She never complained about anything or ever said anything unkind. Sally had all the qualities that one hopes to possess but tend to need to work on. With her, it came so naturally and was never short of genuine.
Sally and her dad were BIG movie buffs! They never missed a movie as soon as it was released at the cinema. Sometimes they would even stay long enough to catch a double feature. She was his fishing buddy, his daughter and his best friend. They never missed an Astros or Texans game together. Sally loved to travel with him and try new foods. Simply put, Sally loved being with her dad.
Sally also loved visiting her family in Illinois. Those trips were so special to her. She looked forward to seeing her mom, visiting with her cousins, and bringing home stories to share about everyone she got to see.
Sally worked at Tom Lange for 10 years supporting the office and colleagues that she grew up knowing. She loved spending time with her friends, babysitting and just reaching out to others to see how they were doing.
Survived by her Father, Mark Anthony Martino, Mother, Sarah Ganaway, Grandparents, Nuncio and JoAnn Martino, Uncle Vince and Aunt Sandy Martino, Uncle Michael Martino, Aunt Julie and Uncle Paul Moise, and Cousins: Vince Jr., Mallory, Natalie, Michael, Cade, Skylar, and Aaron.
Sally has joined her cousin Angela in Heaven where they will reunite and rejoice in the Lord, free from all the worldly pain.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to a “A Shelter for Cancer Families” or ” Zoo’s Rezcue”. Precluded by her love for people and the other, for her love of animals.