Sally L. Carroll


Pawhuska café owner and icon Sally L. Carroll passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in the Pawhuska Nursing Home. She was a remarkable 100 years old.


Sally was born October 22, 1916 in Nebraska City, NE, one of seven children born of Phillip and Luz (Cervera) Elias. The family moved to Pawhuska when Sally was 2 years old. At the age of 13, she began working at Lazo’s, a café in Pawhuska. After a time, she began to work for George James, the previous owner of what became Sally’s Café. Sally began taking over the business and started renting it from George in 1949. In a year’s time, Sally bought the building, and had owned and operated Sally’s Café in Pawhuska for over 60 years, retiring in 2014 at the age of 98. Generations of families have been fed Sally’s chili, tamales, burgers, daily specials and, of course, her pie.


Sally married Billy P. Carroll on April 17, 1958 in Bartlesville, OK. Together, they ran the cafe until Bill’s death on August 9, 1997.


Sally loved her family, Pawhuska and its residents.


Surviving is: her daughter, Andrea Lawrence, of Bentonville, AR; her son, David Carroll, of Pawhuska; sister, Carmel Jenkins, of Pawhuska; sister-in-law, Shirley Elias; six grandchildren. 12 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly. In addition to her husband, Sally was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings.


Rosary will be recited Thursday, March 16, 7:00PM, at the Kendrick McCartney Johnson Funeral Home. Mass will be Friday, 10:00AM, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father Sean Donovan will officiate. Interment will be in the Pawhuska City Cemetery.


Kendrick McCartney Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska, in charge of arrangements