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Sally Nye, 79

| September 6, 2023 1:00 AM

Sally Jo Agosti Nye, 79, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, at her home in Priest River, Idaho, after years of struggling with a rare degenerative disease.

A family graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at Pinecrest Cemetery in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Sally was born Oct. 14, 1943, in Seattle, Wash. She grew up in Portland, Ore., with her parents, Marlys and George Agosti. She attended Lake Grove and Ainsworth grade schools, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1962.

She married Richard R. Smith in 1967, and they moved to Mercer Island, Wash., where they had two children, Shawna and Richard "Tom." The couple divorced.

On Feb. 17, 1989, Sally married William M. Nye Jr. They relocated their small manufacturing company and built their dream home in Priest River, Idaho. Sally loved animals and had horses, llamas, goats, rabbits, cats and dogs. She was a founder and volunteer at the Priest River Animal Rescue.

Sally, an avid skier, was involved with the National Ski Patrol. As a young hiker, she climbed several Cascade Mountain summits, including Mount Rainier, at the age of 18. She enjoyed time with family, summers on the boat, and working in her flower garden, pond and yard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Marlys Agosti, and her biological father, Kenny Thorsen.

She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Nye Jr., of Priest River, Idaho; her daughter, Shawna Kennaly (Andy) of Sandpoint, Idaho; son, Tom Smith (Tiffany) of Kingston, Wash.; and Bill’s daughters, Julie Nye (Dave Sato) of Berkeley, Calif., and Betsy Nye (Paul Sweeney) of Truckee, Calif.; sisters, Sue Agosti McMichael of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Toni Agosti Wainwright (Bill) of Portland, Ore., and Jolayne Yates (Doug) of Auburn, Wash.; step-mother Marcella Thorsen of Auburn, Wash.; seven amazing grandchildren, beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is handling the arrangements. Please visit Sally’s online memorial at and sign her guest book.