Sally Jeanne Foss Banwart
Sally Banwart, a true lady who travels, made her final journey on May 28, 2013 in Clearwater, Florida. Her journey began on July 16, 1930 when she was born in Detroit, Michigan and in between she traveled numerous times cross country and ventured to England, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Cuba. She also lived in Athens, GA, Park Forest, IL, Falls Church, VA, Lafayette, IN, Bowie, MD and Worthington, OH before retiring in Dunedin, FL in 1997.
A 1952 graduate of Hood College, she continued her education at Iowa State University where she received her MS in Home Economics and published her thesis "Flavor of Untreated, Oiled and Thermostabilized Shell Eggs after Storage at 34 degrees Fahrenheit" in Food Technology Magazine.. She also met and fell in love with George Banwart at Iowa State, later marrying him in Springfield, MO where she was working as a Home Economist for Henningsen Foods. They had two children: Deborah Jean and Geoffrey Douglas.
Sally was spiritually active in the United Methodist Church as a member of the United Methodist Women. She was incredibly passionate about social equality issues, particularly those relating to women, and embraced a greater understanding among people of diverse national and ethnic origins. She served as President for both the Columbus North District and later the West Ohio District of United Methodist Women.
An avid and talented stitcher, Sally created many beautiful samplers, quilts and pieces of embroidery that she shared with friends and family. She served as the President of the Suncoast Chapter of the Sun Region of the Embroiders Guild and was Chairman of the Sun Region Seminar in 2004.
She also loved music, theatre and the arts and was active in church choirs throughout her life. Sally, dressed impeccably with a suitcase in hand, was fond of saying "This is how a lady should travel, in style." That beautiful style, grace and perseverance in life were a true inspiration to everyone around her. As we wave goodbye to her from the train platform, we know that Sally Banwart will truly be missed.
Sally was preceded in death by her husband, George, who died in 2000. She is survived by her daughter Deborah Lewis and her husband, Boyd who live in Pasadena, CA, her son Geoffrey, and his wife Rose in Troy, OH, her granddaughters Christina and Kimberly and her sisters Jo Middlestead and Harriette Hafer.
Sally leaves behind her best friend Coral Hacker, of Dunedin, FL with whom she traveled and stitched, lunched and laughed. She is also survived by her very dear friends from Hood College, Barb, Betsy, Mary Lou, Emma and Scho; the group affectionately known as the "Hoodlums". Also remaining behind is Nancy Hatfield, an honorary "Hoodlum" and one who aspires to be a lady who travels.
The family and Nancy would like to thank the staff of Horizon Bay Memory Care Unit for their never ending patience, kindness and gentle care of Sally as the darkness of Alzheimer's descended upon her sunny personality. Also, we'd like to thank the nurses of Suncoast Hospice for helping to prepare us and Sally for that final journey.
Private interment will be at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Gardens. A celebration of her life is planned for July 6th at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church of Dunedin, with a reception immediately following in the church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to Heifer Project International, www.heifer.org
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