Sally B. Willse, former treasurer of a Riderwood interior decorating firm and a volunteer, died Dec. 24 of complications from dementia at the Symphony Manor assisted-living facility in Roland Park.
The longtime Ruxton resident was 89.
The daughter of the founder and president of Barton Gillet Co. and a homemaker, Sally Barton was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton.
She attended Bryn Mawr School and Ashley Hall in Charleston, S.C., and in 1940 graduated from Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Va.
She was married in 1943 to R. Gerard Willse Jr. and settled in Ruxton, where she raised her four children.
Mr. Willse, who had been a senior partner at Alex. Brown & Sons, died in 1996.
From 1975 to 1988, Mrs. Willse was treasurer of the old Ann Lickel Interior Design in Riderwood.
Beginning in the early 1950s, Mrs. Willse began volunteering at the old Church Home & Hospital, where her father had been head of the board and her husband had been treasurer and a financial consultant for more than 25 years.
Mrs. Willse's philanthropic interests included Jemicy School, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Nature Conservancy, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation Inc. and the Professional Golf Association.
An avid gardener, Mrs. Willse participated in many Baltimore County garden tours and was a member of the St. George's Garden Club. An artist, she enjoyed painting garden scenes.
A golfer, she was a member of the Elkridge Club and the Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville, N.C.
She was a former communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, where she had been a member of the Altar Guild for more than two decades.
For the last 15 years, she had been a member of St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Mays Chapel, where a memorial service was held Wednesday.
Surviving are three sons, R. Gerard Willse III of Ruxton, Bolling Barton Willse of Monkton and David Walker Barton Willse of Trappe; a daughter, Sally Gordon Willse of Ruxton; a brother, David W. Barton Jr. of Roland Park; a sister, Frances King of Lutherville; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun