Sally Winn never forgot about the time Goodfellows gave her a doll.
She got it as a young girl — then Sally Brick — in the late 1930s or early 1940s. She was living in the Logan Fontenelle Housing Project.
Winn died at age 81 in January.
In her memory, husband George Winn recently donated to the same charity that gave her the doll.
Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity, gives all funds donated directly to those in need; there are no administrative charges or fees.
Goodfellows once had a toy giveaway each year before the board of directors decided to focus on emergency assistance, including food vouchers, rent and utility bill assistance, shoes, coats and clothing. The Salvation Army took over the toy giveaway in 1974.
Sally told George about the doll while reading The World-Herald a few years ago. They were married for 62 years before she died of influenza.
In December 1935, four months before Sally was born, a photo caption in The World-Herald referred to Miss Emma Forsberg, a dressmaker, making dolls for the charity.
“Doll dress creations fairly fly from the needle at her fingertips,” the caption reads. “This year, she has dressed perhaps 150 dolls. She tolls until late at night each day without pay and in this way, is a Goodfellow of the first rank.”
Sally lived in Omaha her entire life. She graduated from Benson High School. George graduated from Bellevue High School and was drafted to serve in Korea. He was there for 15 months. He’s now a retired electrician.
The couple loved to travel and fish. George said he bought a school bus, which he turned into a camper, that he drove 80,000 miles with family and friends.
“Starting in 1969, it went to every Nebraska home game with the whole neighborhood. ... It went to Canada fishing,” George said. “It did a lot of things.”
Sally loved Nebraska football. They started going to games together in 1962 when Bob Devaney became head coach, and became season ticket holders in 1964.
“(Sally) and some of her friends went to Nebraska games when so few people came that you could go from one end of the west stadium to the other end, wherever the action was,” George said.
Sally’s last Husker football game was the Iowa game on Black Friday in 2017, which the Huskers lost 56-14.
It was the first time the couple left a game early in 50 years, George said.
“(Sally) said, ‘I can’t watch this anymore.’ The team didn’t have any spirit or nothing,” George said.