Sally Ann (Dyk) Kindsfater of Billings, MT passed away on April 27th, 2021. There is one important thing that she requested to be communicated to anyone who reads this: that you would know just how tremendously Christ loved her, and how tremendously He loves you, too.
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Sally was the fifth of ten children born to Arthur and Myra Dyk on September 17, 1954 in Bozeman, MT. After a time living in Denver, she grew up west of Billings when it was still farmland. She graduated from Billings West High School and then attended Yellowstone Bible College and studied business at Eastern Montana College. Sally owned/operated/managed several businesses and endeavors through her life. Including Yellowstone Office Supply, Stampressions, and The Bear Crossing. Work was a necessary (and even enjoyable) part of life, and she took great pride in what she did. Her mind was keen and perceptive, she was inventive and a great problem-solver, she was looked to for advice and guidance and she always gave it humbly and with gratitude. She was driven and one of the hardest-working people you will ever meet—yet her life never revolved around her work. Work was just what happened during life. Sally was never too busy to put down what she was doing to sit and talk. She loved people at all times and in all circumstances, and she drew people to her because she loved so well.
Sally thrived on taking care of those around her. There were continually people and pets and wild creatures coming under her wing. Her heart filled getting to show love to people who crossed her path and she particularly loved her large family. If you stopped by at any time, you could count on sharing banana bread and coffee, but she would likely drink 9 out of the 10 cups in the pot and follow up with an off-the-wall joke that would make herself laugh. She had a grin that always gave her away before the joke came out. Much to her pride and chagrin, her children share her odd humor and love of art. She loved getting to run a business with them and let the creativity and jokes loose daily.
In 2010, the nickname “Aya,” was bestowed on her by her grandson, Carter (who at the time could not pronounce, “Grandma”), and Sally eagerly adopted it. Aya’s schedule and priorities revolved around her grandchildren, looking for any excuse to spend more time with them. Aya was the most wonderful, loving, exciting, laughing, cinnamon-roll-making, sleepover-hosting, inside-joke-making grandmother you could ever imagine. She loved her grandchildren, Jackson, Carter, Raleigh, Harrison, Claire, Levi, and Silas more than anything else in the world.
Mom, we will love and miss you forever. See you in heaven. Be sure to call when you’ve made it home.
Sally is survived by children Sara (Mike) Creeden, Mike (Aileen) Kindsfater, grandchildren Jackson, Carter, Raleigh, Harrison, Claire, Levi and Silas. Siblings Dan (Amy), Lori, Jane, Bill (Carol), Joe (Diane), Jeff (Michelle), Janelle, Mona (Ken), sister-in-law Mary, and a large extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Tom.
Join us at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, at Rocky Mountain Community Church (2832 Broadwater Ave.) to celebrate Sally. The service can be viewed online at www.rmccmontana.org.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in her honor to First Christian Church of Billings, MT (522 N. 29th).