Cover photo for Sally Lea Herndon's Obituary
Sally Lea Herndon Profile Photo
1930 Sally 2023

Sally Lea Herndon

April 26, 1930 — October 13, 2023

Glen Elder


Born April 26, 1930, in Alton, Kansas. Sally was the daughter of James Orbrey Johnston and Elsie Mabel Peterson Johnston. She passed away peacefully, Friday, October 13, 2023, in Waxahachie, Texas.

Sally grew up with her two brothers, Vincil and Bill, and one sister, Roxie, in Alton, KS.

On May 5, 1946, Sally was united in marriage to Thomas William “Bill” Herndon in Stockton, KS.  Five children were born to this union, Rosemary, Michael, Patrick, James, and Shawn. After they married, Sally and Bill lived in Beloit, KS before moving to Dallas, TX in 1953.  They were privileged to spend more than 57 years together before Bill’s death in 2004.

Sally loved being a wife, mother, homemaker, and grandma. She was an excellent seamstress and cook. Her family raved over her homemade chicken and noodles on mashed potatoes, pan fried chicken and gravy, a wide variety of pies, and chocolate cinnamon rolls.  She enjoyed making her holiday table perfect with linens, fancy dishes, and beautiful center pieces. She took delight in her job as a proofreader before moving back to Glen Elder, KS in 1979.  Sally served on the Glen Elder Library Board and volunteered at the Glen Elder Senior Center for many years.  Sally was quick-witted with a dry sense of humor, as any who knew her would attest.  She didn’t usually officially join family game time but often was heard yelling answers from the kitchen to the Trivia game questions, of which she was never wrong.  She enjoyed traveling with Bill, reading, and crocheting.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; brothers, Vincil and Bill; sister, Roxie; three children, Rosemary, Michael, and Patrick

Sally is survived by her sons, James Herndon and wife, Evelyn, of Waxahachie, TX and Shawn Herndon and wife, Angie, of Glen Elder, KS, many grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of friends.

Graveside service will be November 11 at 11:00AM at Glenwood Cemetery in Glen Elder, KS.  Lunch and fellowship will follow at the Glen Elder Library Community Room at 120 Market St, Glen Elder, KS.    Memorials to the Glen Elder Library are welcome in lieu of flowers.  To send online condolences visit

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Sally Lea Herndon, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Saturday, November 11, 2023

10:45 - 11:45 am (Central time)

Glenwood Cemetery

2074 210 Rd., Glen Elder,

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 326

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree