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Sally Lou Fiery

Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Sally Lou Fiery, 87, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

Born Wednesday, May 9, 1934, in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of the late Claude Douglas Williams and the late Mary (Ayers) Williams.

She graduated from Hagerstown Community College and later from Shepherd University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned her master's degree in early childhood education from Shippensburg University. She was employed with the Washington County Board of Education as a special education teacher, where she taught at Potomac Heights Elementary, but spent most of her career teaching at Smithsburg Elementary, retiring in 1997 after 28 years. She was an active member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, where she served on Church Council, Altar Guild, Evangelism Committee, Personnel Committee, and helped with Bible School. She was also a member of the AAUW, and the Washington County Retired Teachers Assn. Sally was awarded the HCC Community Service Award for her volunteer work, she also did volunteer tutoring for many children in the area. Sally demonstrated a deep dedication to her students and the many children she served from the former Kemp Horn Group Home in Smithsburg MD.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years Roger L. Fiery, Jr.; children; Roger L. Fiery, III & wife Cheryl of Phoenix, MD, Lisa M. Barrett and husband Fred and Douglas A. Fiery & wife Julie both of Hagerstown, MD; sister, Jacqueline McCarron of Honeybrook, PA; brother, Robert N. Williams of Calhoun, GA; grandchildren Matthew B. Fiery and wife Lynn, Ryan P. Barrett and wife Lindsey, Kristen E. Fiery and fiancé, J.D. Harrison, Mandy L. Fiery, Allyson S. Fiery and fiancé, Joe Brooke, Lauran A. Calin and husband Michael, and Andrew T. Fiery; and great-granddaughter, Olivia W. Fiery.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Sarah R. Williams, sister, JoAnn Daugherty and brother, Alan D. Williams.

Sally had many interests including serving as First Mate alongside her beloved Captain Roger while boating on the Chesapeake Bay. They shared many special times with family and friends aboard their boat. While she loved being on the water, Sally looked forward to spending time at home on their farm in Smithsburg often likening it to heaven. Celebrating God’s creation, Sally greeted each spring with displays of beautiful flowers. She also gained great enjoyment from her many beloved dogs and through viewing the daily visitors to their bird feeders. 

Sally devoted many hours to scrapbooking. Her hope was to compile each family member’s special memories into their own book, gifting them with this unique account of their life. While she dedicated many hours to these activities, nothing was more important to her than spending time with her grandchildren.

Nana, as affectionately called by her family, loved creating fun and educational moments for each grandchild. She often could be found in her basement hosting “summer school” for them as well as organizing plays and puppet shows - nothing ever felt like work when it was done with Nana. There were many special moments that will live on in each grandchild’s memories.

Services will be held Monday, October 4, 2021, at 11:00 am, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. David B. Kaplan officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Beaver Creek Cemetery, Beaver Creek, MD.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Washington County 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740; Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley 12916 Conamar Dr Ste 201, Hagerstown, MD 21742; or the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation National Headquarters ATTN: Financial Operations, 733 Third Avenue, Ste, 510, New York, NY 10017.

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Your mother was just a sweet heart..I met her during my the start of your funeral home....I pray for your family! Myself there four years was a blessing!

P Steven Danfelt
Hagerstown, Washington

We never had much communication, but I remember my Grandmother Ayers always holding "the girls" up as people that we should try and grow up to be like. I'm glad that she had a good life and family and that she was appreciated by her family and friends. Many Bright Blessings Michele

Michele Ayers
Ransom Twp, Pa.

Dear Fiery Family, So sorry to hear of Aunt Sally's passing. You are all in my prayers. Steva

Steva Gay
Loveland, CO

My deepest condolences to the Fiery family. I am so sorry to miss being there in person. I'm sure you have many happy memories to cherish. My happy memories of visits to the farm are etched in my brain.

Ted Dougherty
Basking Ridge, NJ

I am saddened to hear of Sally’s passing. Roger Jr., I worked with you for 14 years, and had the pleasure of meeting Sally, Doug, Lisa, and occasionally when answering the phone spoke with Roger, III. You shared with me your families’ milestones. I remember when Matthew was born and all the grandchildren that followed. My heart aches for each and everyone of you. Lisa Lewis

Lisa Lewis
Maugansville, Maryland

Dear “Big” Roger, Roger, Lisa, Doug, and all of Sally’s wonderful family: Our thoughts and prayers with all. The Patterson family is thinking of you and please know we are embracing you with hugs from afar. Our memories and great times go way back- to our trips to OC., making homemade ice cream at the farm while Sally is hosting our family and the loved ones from Kemp Horn, and hosting our children for swim parties. So grateful for all our great times and fun memories. What a kind, gentle lady Sally is and always will be in our hearts. Peace- Hugs and love, Alice and Scott Barr and Patterson crew.

Alice Barr
Lancaster , Va

My condolences to her family and friends. I remember Mrs. Fiery was very involved in serving the Lord in her church. May God's grace be with you during this time.

Steve Hluchy
Stephens City, VA

Doug & family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. Dale & Carolyn

Dale & Carolyn Detrow
Summerville , SC

My heart feels the lost of your mother . I remember her from Smithsburg Elem. Doug you and Lisa were there for me during the loss of my parents I hope my prayers and thought help you. Debbie

Debra K Neal
Smithsburg, MD

Dear Roger and Family, We are so very sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. We know she will be deeply missed. Our deepest sympathies to all of you.

Jo Ellen and Henry Allenberg
Hagerstown , MD

Our heart and prayers go out to the entire family during this difficult time. We know the memories of family times together will comfort you at this time. We are also grateful she can now rest. Love, John and Donna

Donna Redick
Hagerstown , MD

Condolences from Arthur and Marianne Schneider.. She was such a fine and successful person. She lived a great life.

arthur schneider
Hagerstown, MD Maryland

Andrew, Nancy and I are so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother.

Mark Kreis
Colora, MD

Andrew, Our Deepest Sympathies on the loss of your Grandmother . Our Hearts and Prayers go to you and your family, during these difficult days . Paul & Bonnie

PAUL KREIS & Bonnie Christhilf

We have 67 years of wonderful memories to sustain us at this time of loss. We are blessed to have had Sally as our friend. Rest in Peace, dear friend.

Bettie and Guy Runyan
Novi, Michigan

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