Sally Louise Patterson McCarthy left her forever home of Clark Lake, on Sunday, November 27, just days away from what would have been her 77th birthday on December 7th. She was the daughter of Vondell (Pat) and June Patterson. With her three sisters, Sue Cavalear, Judy Smith, and Peggy Patterson, she grew up in Toledo and graduated from DeVilbiss High School. She went on to complete her education at University of Toledo, Mercy School of Nursing, and University of Detroit Mercy School of Nursing.
While growing up Toledo was home during the school year. In the summer, it was all about Clark Lake for the Patterson girls. Their fond memories of fun on the lake included endless rides in their Sea Flea racer. The Patterson’s also had a powerful 18-foot Chris Craft Riviera. That led Sally into the water skiing world at Clark Lake. She was a member of the Pine Riders, and had the jacket to prove it. The Patterson dock was a gathering place for many friends as they caught the rays of the sun. Summers at the lake also meant work. Sally waitressed at the Lighthouse, Cambridge Junction and Elsie’s. Unlike her older sisters, Judy and Sue, Sally missed out working at the Eagle Point Hotel. But she certainly heard some of the stories. If you were missing beer or a watermelon from your spring, you might know whom to look for.
Sally married Toledo real estate developer Daniel McCarthy. They had two sons, Michael and Matthew. As the boys were growing up, Sally was active in The Junior League. Later, she took on a sales and marketing role with several hotels such as Sheraton Toledo, Holiday Inn Riverside, and the Radisson downtown. Perhaps it was the much earlier experience gained at MIS that prepared her for these later roles. When MIS first opened, Sally helped manage the MIS business office. In the mid 1990s, Sally earned her BSN nursing license. The next step in her career was something she truly loved for the challenges that it presented—caring for others as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. That continued until she retired in 2015.
In 2000, Sally believed living full time at Clark Lake was in her future. She replaced the old cottage with a new structure. This became home, enjoying life there with her partner, Phil Schindler.
There will be a celebration of Sally’s life at the Eagle’s Nest at Clark Lake on Sunday, December 11th from 2 pm – 5 pm.
Those wishing to remember Sally may do so with a contribution in her name to the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation, PO Box 224, Clarklake, MI 49234 or via credit card on this website.