Priscilla "Sally" Brissenden

March 3rd, 1925November 18th, 2021

Priscilla (Sally) Arthur Brissenden was born in Wollaston, Massachusetts on March 3,1925 to William Glen Arthur and Elsie Thompson. Sally had two younger sisters, Glenne and Beverly. Sally attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, graduating in 1946. Following graduation Sally did clerical work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at a legal firm in the Boston area. In 1950 Sally moved to Paris, France to serve as a clerk-stenographer for the Marshall Plan, where she discovered her love of travel and adventure. She returned home to pursue a master’s degree in social work at Smith College. Sally met her husband, Arik Brissenden, a psychiatry resident, in Cincinnati, Ohio. They married in 1954, started a family, and in 1963 moved to Cold Spring Harbor, New York. After nearly 40 years of a life devoted to her career as a psychiatric social worker, raising children, and continued passions in art and travel, Sally and Arik retired and moved to Boulder, CO in 1993 to be closer to children and grandchildren.

Sally was many things: a Francophile, an artist, a traveler, a lifelong learner, and a committed political science buff and Democrat (she refused to get her news from anyone other than Rachel Maddow and MSNBC). But most of all, Sally had an enormous and loving heart, and brought joy to all who knew her; a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother.

Sally is preceded in death by her husband, Arik, of 61 years, and survived by her three children: Mark Brissenden, Kira Brissenden, and Noel Yegian, and five grandchildren: Devin Romano Rodriguez, Arika Rooney, Claire Yegian, Margo Yegian, and Esteban Yegian.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Sally’s greatest passions, the Democratic party: