Sally Guthrie Whitman of Manasquan, N.J., passed away on January 6, 2019, following a long illness.
Born in 1932, Sally was raised in Westfield, N.J., as one of four children. She graduated from Westfield High School in 1950, where she was inducted into the National Honor Society and served as drum majorette.
As a student at Cornell University, she studied under prolific author Vladimir Nabokov, and graduated in 1954 with a degree in English literature.
After college, Sally found success as an advertising copywriter at Young & Rubicam (Y&R) in New York. Her accounts included Jell-O, Baker’s Coconut and Borden’s Condensed Milk. She quickly rose to the role of copy supervisor and won several merit awards for her work.
At age 26, Sally became the legal guardian of her 14-year-old sister, Wendy, following the death of their parents.
Sally met her husband, Gladstone “Whit” Whitman, through a mutual friend in 1955. They married in 1963. In 1965, she left her ad agency job to move to Sea Girt, N.J., and raise her family, allowing Whit to pursue his career in banking and finance.
Sally was a devoted mother, a role that she seemed born for and took on with gusto. A talented homemaker, she churned out scratch-cooked meals, hand-knitted sweaters and homemade Halloween costumes. She was a regular volunteer at Sea Girt Elementary School.
Sally was a master wordsmith, an avid reader, and a New York Times crossword aficionado. She lent her writing talents to countless volunteer projects.
In the 1970s, Sally started her own small boutique advertising firm, The Wordsmith Agency, with accounts including the Bay Head Cheese Shop and The Jolly Tar.
Sally gave much time to her community. She was heavily involved in saving the historic Sea Girt Lighthouse in the early 1980s. She served on the altar guild at St. Uriel’s Church in Sea Girt and was an active member of The Holly Club.
Sally was a kind and loving wife, sister, daughter, neighbor and friend. She was an avid tennis and paddle player. She enjoyed her Great Books group and reading classic and modern literature. She will be remembered not only for her wit and wisdom but for her thoughtful, kind and unselfish commitment to her family, friends and community.
Sally leaves behind her daughters, Wynne Whitman of Spring Lake, N.J., and Stacy Whitman (Ted Kelley) of Ketchum, ID; three adoring grandchildren (Whit, Jamie and Reese Kelley); two sisters (Nancy Pearce and Wendy Bandrowski); a brother (John Guthrie); her first cousin (Patricia Schoonyoung); and many nieces and nephews.
Sally was predeceased by her husband Whit, and her parents, George Grant Guthrie and Beryl Haney Guthrie.
Details about a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, Sally would have appreciated donations to the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee, P.O. Box 83, Sea Girt, NJ 08750.