Sallie Reber was the daughter of Sandusky lawyer George Reber. She was born in 1850 to George Reber and Nancy Stiles Reber. She was a popular singer in New York and other major cities, often performing in comic operas.
Sallie was married first to Franklin F. R. Laing, and after his death she married James D. Fish a banker whose bank failed in 1884. Sallie Reber Laing Fish died on March 10, 1885,following a bout of gastritis. She is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio.
An obituary for Sallie Reber Laing appeared in the New York Times on March 19, 1885. It was not widely known at the time of this obituary that she had become married to banker James Dean Fish.