Sally G. Willis, a homemaker who served on various boards, died May 10 of hepatitis C at her home in the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville. She was 82.
The daughter of Gibson Gardner, a lawyer, and Josephine Plumb Gardner, a homemaker, Sally Gardner was born in Buffalo, N.Y. Her family moved to Howard County in 1942, when she was 11.
She was a 1949 graduate of the Garrison Forest School, where she was an accomplished tennis, field hockey and basketball player, as well as an equestrian.
She was a 1951 graduate of Finch College in New York City, where she earned an associate's degree. Two years later, she married Ralph N. "Bo" Willis, who owned Chesapeake Rim & Wheel Co. He died in 2008.
The former longtime resident of Hollins Avenue near Lake Roland had been a trustee at Garrison Forest School and had been a member of the board of Union Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Willis remained active in tennis and was a U.S. Tennis Association referee for many years. She also was an inveterate golfer.
She also liked playing bridge, needlepoint, antique furniture and gardening. She was a former president of the St. George's Garden Club.
Mrs. Willis was a member of the Mount Vernon Club and the Elkridge Club.
She had been a longtime communicant and Altar Guild member at St. John's Episcopal Church in Mount Washington.
At Mrs. Willis' request, no services will be held.
She is survived by a son, David Norris Willis of Baltimore; two daughters, Cary Willis Weems of Atlanta and Julie Willis O'Connor of Concord, Mass.; a brother, Lawrence Hamilton Gardner of Charlottesville, Va.; and 10 grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun