BLUEWATER BAY, Fla. — Sally Bredenkamp, 80, Bluewater Bay, Fla., died Feb. 12, 2019, after a brief illness. She was at home with family at the time of her passing.
Funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. Once the Arlington date is known, a memorial service will be scheduled at Crosspoint Methodist Church, Niceville, Fla., a few days before the burial to minimize travel for family members from distant locations.
The service will be followed by a reception at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, Fla.
Sally was born Aug. 4, 1938, in Hartington, to Glenn and Myrtle Miller. Growing up on a farm and was involved in 4-H, school activities and high school cheer leading. She attended the University of Nebraska where she met the love of her life, Bart Bredenkamp, in 1959, and they were married June 11, 1961, the day after he graduated from college.
Sally’s first love as a vocation was as a University Extension Service home economist where she worked with 4-H clubs, and with women’s groups, such as Home Economics Extension clubs in rural, urban and suburban areas; emphasizing nutrition, clothing, housing, home management, family economics, child care and activities for betterment of the community. During the 30 years she moved around the world with Bart, as he served in the Air Force, she also worked in a variety of other capacities - elementary school teacher, teacher’s aide, a staff member for the National Right To Work Committee and as a human resources manager with Electronic Data Systems.
Sally loved organizing gourmet dinner groups that helped expand circles of friends at new locations and was very active in the Officers’ Wives Club at many of the places they were stationed.
After retirement, they moved to Bluewater Bay in 2000 to join friends made throughout their career and to make many new friends through a variety of hobbies including golf, bridge, bunco, and book clubs. Prior to her health failing, Sally was active in support of charity work in the Niceville community and Crosspoint United Methodist Church.
Sally is preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Myrtle Miller, and two older brothers, Gerald and Don Miller.
Sally is survived by Bart, her husband of 57 years; her son, Brad, and wife, Jo Anna; and her son, Trevor, and wife, Michele; along with seven grandchildren, Lauren (husband, Scott, and great-granddaughter, Alayna), Jacob, Ward, Amelia, Soren, Gavin and Grier; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Sally’s name be made to Crosspoint Stephen Ministry; Shriners Hospitals (https://donate.lovetotherescue.org); or the American Cancer Association.