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Sally R. Badger

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Sally Runk Badger


Sally Runk Badger, 74, of Raleigh and Henderson departed this life on March 10, 2014. She was born in Ontario, Canada, grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, graduated from Beverly Hills High in Los Angeles, and received her BA from Purdue University.

Her mother, Katherine Runk Hartford and father, James Scott Runk, preceded her in death. Sally is survived by her beloved family: her husband of 48 years, Thomas Badger IV; son Thomas Badger V; daughter Katherine and husband D. Scott Lumpkin; grandchildren Ana Doris Lumpkin, Thomas Nathan Schroeder, Dyer Scott Lumpkin, Lily Scott Lumpkin, and Daniel Scott Lumpkin, Cassidy James Scott Craig and wife Amy; great granddaughter Lilliana Sally Bava Craig; sister Joan Cavanaugh, brother John William Runk and wife Judy; sister Lois and husband Norman Sinclair.

Sally always said she had lived a very interesting and full life. Over the years she was a stewardess with Pan American Airways flying to Europe, the Middle and Far East, & later becoming the marketing manager for Pan Am when it flew out of RDU. She was an instructor at the IBM Education Center in St. Louis, MO; a teacher in Ladue, MO, in Concord, MA, in Kinston, NC, and at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, where she taught World History, English, Civics, Middle Eastern, African, & Early American History. She helped develop a library for the Lucy Daniels Center's Enrichment and Early Intervention Programs, was instrumental in developing a children's in-take program in the old Rex Hospital, and helped reintroduce the Opera in the Schools program in Wake County. At the Encore Lifelong Learning Center at NC State, she developed and taught three multimedia courses & moderated one Foreign Policy course. These included a survey course of the Middle East (in response to 911), Art Theft in Wartime (in response to the Iraqi Art Museum Thefts), Great Decisions (exploring unilateralism / multilateralism), and Uppity Women in History. A lifelong learner, Sally at age 65 started work on a Masters program to develop on-line courses.

Sally enjoyed serving whatever community in which she found herself. At Purdue she was elected president of her freshman dorm, was chosen Homecoming Queen in her sophomore year, was president of KKG sorority, elected Student Body Secretary, was a member of Purduettes (Purdue Musical Organizations) and the Kappa Keynotes (barbershop quartet), all of which culminated in election to Mortar Board Senior Honorary (for scholarship, leadership and service). In Raleigh she served as a Docent at the North Carolina Museum of Art when it was still located downtown and was commissioned a Stephen Ministry Leader at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. For many years she was a dedicated member of Bible Study Fellowship and the Saltshakers (a Bible study group). Over the years she served on the Boards of the Junior League of Raleigh, the English Speaking Union, the Triangle Pastoral Counseling Center, the Encore Advisory Board of NC State, the Capital Area Cultural Center, and the national Board of COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans & Associations). In Henderson she served as an advisor to the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina and Trustee of the Perry Memorial Library and until ALS made it impractical.

Most of all she lived for and loved her family, of which she was very proud.

Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh on Saturday, March 15th at 9:30am. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 at White Memorial Presbyterian Church 1704 Oberlin Road in Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White Memorial Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Henderson, ALS Association, or a .

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on St. Mary's Street will be assisting the family.


Published in The News & Observer from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2014
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