Sally Shinkle Reed August 10, 1934 - September 10, 2006 Sally was born in Roswell, New Mexico to Fanny Fordon Shinkle and James D. Shinkle. From an early age, she appreciated the beauty, diversity and peoples of the Southwest, and returned frequently to be renewed by its spirit throughout her life. Following her parents' lead, Sally dedicated her life to education in Hermosa Beach/Manhattan Beach, California, spending 10 years teaching elementary, junior high and high school, and 24 more as a high school counselor/educational advisor. Sally graduated from Stanford University in 1956, transferring after two years from Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas. At Stanford, she majored in speech and drama. She met her husband Dick in graduate school at the University of Southern California, and they had twenty-two wonderful years together before he died at age fifty. Two years later, Sally met Willie Atkinson, a widower and father of three of her counselees. They traveled the world, taking care of each other and sharing each new day. For eleven years, Sally volunteered as the "director" of an English as a Second Language center affiliated with both national and international literacy. Painting, photography and reading were hobbies high on her list but only after family and friendships. She was particularly proud of completing Finding Fannie: A Daughter's Journey, a book about her mother, an intriguing woman, a person whom she had scarcely understood during her lifetime. Sally's journey touched so many. Those who traveled the same paths with her, whether for a day or a lifetime, remember her kindness, generosity, compassion and infectious smile. She filled our lives with color and joy. In Finding Fannie, she describes her comfort at knowing her parents believed in her hopes and dreams, and shared in her wonderful journey - not by looking down from afar, but by looking out from inside her. We fellow travelers will deeply miss Sally, but know that her life and legacy remain inside us. As her parents believed in her, Sally too believed we could fly. We all remember Sally's smile. In that spirit, don't cry because she's gone, smile because she lived. A service celebrating Sally's life will be held at Manhattan Community Church on Friday, September 22, 2006 at 1:00 P.M. An open house reception will follow. For information on Sally's memorial service please go to In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sandacre Scholarship Fund in memory of Sally Reed, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266.

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  1. Mrs. Reed was an inspiration to all of us. The number of students her talents reached are too many to count. It was a privilege to have been one of the many. Peace

  2. “Mrs. Reed” was a very special Lady. I had known her since Pier Ave. Jr. High School. She was always a very open and friendly with the most beautiful smile. We moved to Mira Costa High School the same year, so I was blessed with her company for four more years…….and was lucky to see her from time to time. Other than her silver hair, she always looked and the same…..with her “warm” smile. We will all miss that “Beautiful Lady”

  3. Sally Reed was a dedicated teacher who loved her students and had many Special Gifts. She was respected by her peers and was a dear and wonderful friend. She will be missed by many and remembered by all those students who’s lives she touched in such a positive way. Terry Madison. Retired Mira Costa Teacher

  4. Sally Shinkle Reed was a very dear friend. She stayed so positive the whole time she battled her cancer. We both were diagnosed with cancer in 2003. She was so supportive to me and I wish I could have been to Sally. She didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for her so she keep her illness to her close friends. Her positive energy was shared to all of the people she meet. She will be missed by all. Sally, thank you for touching my life with yours. Your Cousin Jan P.S. Thanks for babysitting us as kids and thanks for your hospitably.

  5. I was so sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. I attended my husband’s 50th class re-union at Stanford 3 weeks ago, and not knowing that Sally had died, I must have asked 15 people if they knew her (“yes, many replied”) and had they seen her (“no”). I left feeling so disappointed I had not been able to connect with Sally. I had returned from a visit with friend Betty Taylor King of Roswell in early Sept., and I had told her I had Sally’s book and was looking forward to reading it. I was shocked when I returned from the Oct. re-union and learned that she had passed away in late Sept. Sally and I shared love of music and sang together in chorus and in a sextet at Roswell High School. She was a lovely and gracious lady, even then, and I would have loved to have known her after we both had matured. And yes, I remember her great smile! My sincere condolences to her family. Sincerely, Carolynn

  6. sally was an integral member of the mancini cruisers from west los angeles college travel students,and we will sorely miss her happy mien and companionship.she went the extra mile for all of us and even kindly put on a dinner complete with band for us all at the hermosa house,which has never been forgotten, and a great travelling companion.fondly remembered with much love by us all.

  7. My husband Kent and I met Sally on the Caribbean Cruise we took with our WLA College Travel Class. Subsequently Kent and I moved to New Mexico where Sally had grown up. We were fortunate to see her and Willie in NM two times. She was so excited we had moved here. She was a lovely lady in every sense of the word. I admired, respected and cared deeply for her. We will miss her so much and our hearts are with Willie and her other family and friends who share in our deep sorrow for her loss.

  8. What a privilege and honor to have been one of Mrs. Reed’s students. I go back to when she was Miss Shinkle at Valley View. Along with my parents, she has made the greatest impact on my life. While I will greatly miss her presence, she is with me every day as I try to be as helpful and caring to my students as she was.

  9. Like others, we met Sally (and subsequently Willie) thru the travel trips with West LA College. Her students have commented on what a great teacher she was, but she was a good student as well. We were selected, along with other travel students, to participate in the practice runs of Dr. Marc Mancini’s “Geography Bowl”, (a game show later presented at travel agent conventions). After a few practice rounds it became obvious that no matter how the teams were divided, Sally’s team always won! Sally was a winner in the classroom, both as a teacher and as a student, and a winner in life. We will miss her.

  10. We also had the pleasure of cruising with Sally and Willie. We will always remember Sally as a fun, smart, adventurous, happpy and intelligent lady. We hope her family can find some comfort in knowing she is at peace.

  11. I was fortunate enough to have Mrs Reed as my english teacher while I was at Mira Costa in 1983. She was filling in for someone as I remember and it was her first time teaching in quite awhile. You often wonder about your old teachers but in Sally’s case I think about her often. She gave all her students a gift that year. Mine was a plaque reminding me that I could do anything I put my mind too. I still have it and it sits in my office. In my case as probably many many others Mrs Reed truly made a difference and I am a better person thanks to her. She will be missed by so many but never ever forgotten. My 3 year old son asks me about the plaque often (kids do that) and why I have it. I explain to him that it was given to me by a very special teacher I had named Mrs Reed.

  12. Mrs. Reed was one of my favorite adults at Costa! During my years there, she was a counselor and Girl’s League Advisor, and it was through Girl’s League that I knew here best. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out – so supportive, enthusiastic, and caring. Thank-You, Lord, for this precious lady and the blessing of having her in my life!

  13. Sally Reed was a treasure, a South Bay Icon loved by so many. I had the good fortune to have known her since high school and most recently through Willie Atkinson (a lifelong friend of my family’s). I was able to attend her memorial at Manhattan Beach Community Church and also the reception at her beautiful home. I was really moved by all of the caring and sharing of Sally’s friends and family at the service and at the reception. On behalf of my mom Olga Noor, I send best wishes to all of Sally’s family and friends at this time of loss.

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