Sally F. Santos of Falmouth died March 10 at Beth Israel Deaconess in Plymouth after a brief illness. She was 92.
Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, she spent her early years playing on Hampton Beach, where her parents, George E. and Julienne Higgins, maintained cottages.
After graduating with honors in 1946 from Robinson Female Seminary in Exeter, she moved to Boston to attend the licensed practical nursing program at Faulkner Hospital, graduating in 1948.
She met George Santos on Martha’s Vineyard and they married in Exeter, New Hampshire. The couple would share 57 years of marriage.
They moved to Easton in 1959 to raise their family of six boys. Ms. Santos was involved with music at her church and was known for her beautiful voice and love of singing. Her sons all became accomplished musicians and performers as well.
She returned to school, graduating with honors from the nursing program at Massasoit Community College in 1978, and shortly thereafter continued her nursing career at the Veterans Hospital in Brockton. She retired in 1996 as a charge nurse in the detox unit.
She and her husband moved to Falmouth in 1994. Ms. Santos volunteered at the Emerald House Thrift Shop on Davisville Road in 1996 and loved it so much she continued her volunteer work there for the next 18 years, never missing a day.
During their retirement, Ms. Santos and her husband enjoyed traveling. They visited their sons in Louisiana and Pennsylvania and crossed the country several times.
She leaves her brother, George Peter Higgins of Exeter, New Hampshire; five sons, Jason Santos of Falmouth, Chris Santos of Metarie, Louisiana, Joslin Santos of Brockton, Jeremy Santos of Huntington, Pennsylvania, and Justin Santos of Falmouth; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and other family.
She was predeceased by her husband; her son Joel Santos; her sister; and a grandson.
A private memorial service was planned.