Sarah Ann Lofgren Harper, ‘Sally' died on September 26, 2011 at St. Louis University Hospital after suffering a stroke at the SIU football game Saturday night. Sally was born to Willard and Celestine Sharp Lofgren December 21, 1923 along with twin brother Willard, ‘Bill', in Columbus, Ohio. She grew up in Beverly Hills region of Southwest Chicago. She was a valedictorian of her class at Morgan Park HS in January 1942. In 1940, working on the high school paper, she met her future husband, Robert. Sally and Bob were married September 28, 1944 three days after he was commissioned an aerial navigator in the Army Air Corps and spent the next 67 years together. Sally was a Hutchins Fellow at the University of Chicago where she graduated with honors completing a 2-year BA in the College in 1944. During the war she also taught shorthand at a business school, and worked shifts in the chemistry lab at Wisconsin Steel. While a full-time mother, she completed her 4-year BA with honors at SIU in psychology, then, under scholarship, a MS in the Rehabilitation Institute in 1967. She was the center of the Harper family, first, in veterans housing at Chicago while Bob took advantage of the GI Bill, then in Carbondale while he taught at SIU, and in Silver Spring, Maryland when he was at the University of Maryland. She had three children: Carol Harper of Carbondale; Judith Hendrickson of Silver Spring, and Robert W. Harper of Evanston. In Maryland she provided day-care for grandsons Robert and David for 9 years. She has 7 grandchildren, one great grandson, and another expected in early October. The Harper family lived an academic year in Manchester, England in 1961-1962, as a family, and she and Bob spent shorter periods in Hull and Oxford; Sydney, Australia with son Bob; Westville, South Africa; and Beijing and Xian, China. She loved the annual family gatherings: over more than 30 years, in summer mostly at Ocean Isle Beach, NC, each Christmas in her home, and the family trips for her 50, 55, 60 and 65th Wedding Anniversaries. Sally was active in the First Methodist Church, as advisor to the SIU Methodist sorority; President of Church Women United; circle chair and President of the UMW both in Carbondale and Maryland. She also served as President of Chapter KZ of PEO, the Carbondale Women's Club her Beta Theta Phi chapter, and co-chaired the book club at Learning in Retirement. She delivered meals on wheels in Maryland and Carbondale. When her children were young she was a Girl Scout Leader and active in the PTA and early on was a member of the League of Women Voters. She loved watching, ‘The Young and Restless', and ‘Masterpiece', and was an avid bridge player, and Cardinal Fan. Sally's body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date when the family can come together. Donations in Sally's name can be made to the First Methodist Church building fund and to the PEO Educational Loan fund.
Burial: Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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