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Sarah Palin’s mother, Sally Heath, dies at 80


The Palin and Heath families are in mourning after Sarah Palin’s mother, Sarah “Sally” Heath, died on Tuesday at the age of 80. The news was shared by Sarah Palin on social media, and Bristol Palin, Sally Heath’s granddaughter, who has more than 500,000 followers on Instagram.

Sarah Palin wrote on Facebook: “1/12/21 we kissed Mom goodbye. For our family, she’s always been the best part of our world. Mom lived with such purpose and intention to do good – always – for others. We’ll miss her more than anything.I wish everyone could know how unconditional love, for which Mom is known, equips and empowers the recipient of that love. It births fearlessness. We knew she was our forever advocate on earth, and will now intercede directly to the Throne. Mom is singing hallelujah and dancing with Jesus; she’ll continue to guide while anticipating our eternal reunion. Because of this, I can ask: “What is there to fear?!” Every single day, through every heartbreak, hardship, rejection and frustration, she opened eyes to silver linings. Nothing is more solid in my life than my absorption of her belief that Through It All… It Is Well 🎶. The most optimistic person ever😇“We were together, I forget the rest.” – Walt Whitman”

Bristol Palin shared photos on Instagram, one of her holding her grandmother’s hand with a rosary, and another that had a passage from The Bible.

Bristol wrote: “Heaven gained an angel yesterday as our dearest grandma sal passed away peacefully, and surrounded by her loved ones.”

Bristol described Sally Heath as “overflowing with grace” and “the most selfless, wholesome part of life.”

“We will forever be grateful for everything that she has instilled in our family and those around her,” Bristol wrote.

Sally Heath was a school secretary in Sandpoint, Idaho, married to Chuck Heath, a science teacher. A few months after Sarah Palin was born to the couple, they moved to Skagway, Alaska, where Chuck had been hired to teach. They relocated to Eagle River in 1969, and then to Wasilla in 1972. Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, was the third of four children the couple had.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Condolences to the Heaths, Palins, and all who loved Sally.

  • Such a beautiful legacy…so sorry for your loss.

  • Sorry for your loss but joyous that heaven gained an a new resident .. Bless you all .

  • Praying for Sarah and her family!

  • What a beautiful souled lady. If only everyone could have been raised by such a strong woman. God bless.

  • RIP, lovely lady.

  • Deepest and most sincere condolences.

  • My sincere condolences to Mr. Heath and his family. I grew up in Chugiak and Mr. Heath was my sixth grade teacher and the best educator ever! He instilled the love of learning in me which I carried through high school into graduate school. My prayers are with you and may our Lord comfort and carry you through this time of grief.

  • Very sad news. My most sincere condolences to Sarah, Chuck, and the rest of the family.

  • Our deepest condolences to all of you during this time of loss. What an honor to be able to apend that special December 6th evening with your Mom, Dad and family as they opened their home to let our kids sing for you. We sensed that it was God ordained. We also enjoyed being able to share some special songs downstairs which your Mom so enjoyed. It was easy to tell that she lived to worship Jesus! A mutual unexpected surprise was when we realized we both were fans of the Shackleton expedition. Our hearts were warmed by your parents’ warm hospitality—-they made us feel like family. May God comfort and strengthen you. Your Mom would want all of us in this time— just to keep on singing. Our hearts and prayers are with you. ❤️🙏

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