Sally Reisch Erickson

Sally Reisch Erickson, 71, was born August 5, 1945, in Maroa, Illinois, to Bessie and Harold Reisch. She passed November 2, 2016 as the result of a tragic automobile accident.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, November 13, 4:00 p.m., at Red Top Christian Church, 14355 Rt. U, Hallsville, Missouri.
Sally graduated from New Cambria High School, and received a B.A. degree from Stephens College.
Being the child of a pastor, Sally was always committed to the church; following brief stints as a chaplain, a counselor, and a short time representing Johnson and Johnson Ortho Pharmaceuticals. Sally also became Director of Development for several nursing homes with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
She married Fred H. Erickson, December 19, 1986, and they, with Sally’s father Harold Reisch, formed Creative Consultants Inc. with Sally as President. CCI did fundraising and public relations for religious and non-profit organizations. For several years Sally and Fred traveled the United States for an Ohio firm called Communication Resources conducting church newsletter and secretarial workshops.
Sally completed the studies for a Master of Divinity at Eden Theological Seminary though she did not graduate and was a commissioned minister with the Christian Church (DOC). She served several congregations of the Christian Church (DOC) in Missouri, including Mexico and Huntsville. She retired from full-time ministry from the Dripping Spring Christian Church but continued supply preaching and serving interims. Sally also directed youth camps, wrote magazine articles and Christian Education curricula.
In 2005 Sally and her sister Susan Kay Berkley started a gift store in Hallsville called Sassafras Moon World Gifts. There, Kay stained and fused glass and Sally was a jewelry artist. She also did enameling and fused glass. Another focus for Sally was “fair trade” which is a major feature of the store.
She is survived by her husband Fred; two sons and a daughter: Mark Warmack, St. Louis; Matt Warmack, Seattle; and Shelley Mallory, Columbia; her sister Susan Kay; and four grandchildren: Damian, Blake, Britney, and Kayse.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations in her memory be made to the Red Top Christian Church, P.O. Box 248, Hallsville, MO 65255, where Sally was an active member.


  1. Jennifer Black Cone on November 9, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Dearest Fred and Family:

    My heart is aching for your loss. It was always a delight seeing the two of you. You made an amazing team! Fred, please know that whenever I see you, I will still see Sally walking right next to you…for I know that it will always be the case.

  2. Becky Harris Wilson on November 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Fred and Family-I had the pleasure of knowing Sally through the Huntsville Christian Church. She was such a kind and spirited person and so supportive of me and my family when my mother, Margaret Sue Harris, was ill and then later passed away. She was a blessing in so many ways to our church and community. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at the time.

  3. Michelle Wolverton on November 9, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I have all of you in my prayers for comfort and strength during this time. Sally was a blessing to all who knew her and never knew a stranger. She has been there for me and my family through a lot and I also knew that I could pick up the phone and give her a call if I ever needed to talk. She definitely earned her angel wings.

  4. Tempe McGlaughlin on November 9, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Oh Fred, I am so sorry to hear this. Sally was a one of a kind treasure, filled with so much love and creativity, and kindness. Know that we grieve with you. Our dear friend, Bill Lovin, that lives here in Arrow Rock also died this same day. To have lost two dear souls is heartbreaking. We send many prayers for peace and healing. Tempe and Bruce McGlaughlin.

  5. Shannon Kane on November 10, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Matt and Mark, I am so happy in had the opportunity to meet Sally. She had such a beautiful spirit and heart. I am so sorry for your loss!

  6. Kurt and Olivia Raese on November 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Matt and Family – We are deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you transition through this. All of our love, Olivia, Kurt and Maia Raese

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