Sara Matthews "Sally" Buchanan
1942 - 2016
BORN
1942
DIED
2016
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Porter Loring Mortuary McCullough
1101 McCullough Ave.
San Antonio, TX
September 18,1942 - July 30, 2016
Sara "Sally" Matthews Buchanan, 73, of San Antonio, passed away July 30, 2016. She went peacefully and surrounded by family.

She was born in San Antonio, TX, September 18, 1942, to John L. Matthews, MD, and Sara Douglas Matthews. Sally graduated from St. Mary's Hall and Mills College, Oakland, CA, where she received a B.A. in Art History. She was married to Robert T. Buchanan October 24, 1971.

She is survived by her husband Robert T. Buchanan; her children Garland Matthews Buchanan (Flannery) and Thomas Larkin Buchanan (Yunhee); her grandchildren Eleanor Buchanan, Mary Larkin Buchanan, Virginia Buchanan, George Buchanan, and Lila Chaewon Buchanan; her siblings Eleanor Matthews Stromberger (J.C.) and J. Larkin Matthews (Sally); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Sally worked as an office manager for Frost. Bros. Advertising, a longtime travel agent at McNeel Travel Agency, and Executive Director of the AIA San Antonio Chapter. She was Vice President of Kangaroo Court Restaurants of Texas, and was very involved in the look of the Original Mexican Restaurant.

She was President (1995-1997) and a longtime board member of the San Antonio Conservation Society. Because of her interest in and knowledge about water issues, she was elected as Director of the San Antonio River Authority (November 1999-Present), and served as Secretary and most recently as President; under her leadership, the Museum Reach and the Mission Reach became realities. She served on the vestry as well as Arts & Memorials Commission of the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation.

She was on the Board of Trustees of the Witte Museum as well as a member of the Collections Committee. She was a long-time season ticket holder and contributor to the San Antonio Symphony and the Cactus Pear Music Festival. In the 1980s, she was President of the Classical Broadcasting Society, and initiated the merger of the Classical Broadcasting Society with San Antonio Public Radio, creating Texas Public Radio.

She was Chairman of the River Road Neighborhood Association; during her tenure, Sally changed from being "a docile housewife to a fierce defender of the River Road neighborhood." San Antonio's city council, then under the leadership of Henry Cisneros, had threatened to lift the ordinance that prevented conveying the property where Alamo Stadium was built to South Texas Sports for a 50-year lease; because of Sally's efforts to keep the ordinance in place and protect the River Road neighborhood, Clinton Manges sued her for $60 million for intimidating city council and bullying the mayor. The case was dropped before trial, and the lease on Alamo Stadium was declared null and void.

She was a former board member of the Downtown Alliance. She was an organizational fixer for The Assembly, The Merry Wives, and The Old Trail Drivers Association. Sally was a member of the Torch Club, San Antonio 100, National Society of Colonial Dames, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and was a life-long member of the San Antonio Country Club. In 2016, St. Mary's Hall awarded Sally its Distinguished Alumni award.

Sally was always kind and generous. She was a philanthropist, world traveler, art collector, and loved reading and collecting Texas tales that reflected her family heritage in South and far West Texas.

The family extends special thanks to MD Anderson Cancer Center, the START Center for Cancer Care, and AA Care Services.

Memorial Service
Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.
Church of the Reconciliation Episcopal Church
8900 Starcrest Drive, San Antonio, TX 78217

The Rev. Judith Rhodes officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the San Antonio River Foundation (for the Confluence Park Maintenance Fund, https://www.sariver
foundation.org/get-involved
/support/), or the charity of your choice.

You are invited to sign the Guestbook at
www.porterloring.com

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Every day I walk into my office and see the photo that Sally gave me when we got our World Heritage designation and I say a little thank you for all she did for this community. Susan Snow
Susan Snow
Friend
July 30, 2020
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your loved one. Her 'sallyism' "You have to shine the light on the cockroaches" is a keeper. She was one of those people who made the world a better place.

Carolyn Franke Kraft
Carolyn Franke Kraft
Neighbor
August 31, 2016
I have known sally B. for many years and she was always thoughtful and considerate pf everyone . She will be missed by all.
Jocelyn Straus
Friend
August 30, 2016
I have known this special lady for 20 years and admired her involvement in community causes. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joan Korte
Friend
August 26, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of this great lady.
Loraine Zaiontz
Coworker
August 21, 2016
Much admired, and much missed.
Mary Wallon
Classmate
August 17, 2016
Mills College's Class of '64 will very much miss Sally's years of devotion to keeping us connected with each other through the Mills Quarterly magazine for alumnae--others tried from time to time, but only Sally could be completely relied upon to do the job, and did it warmly and beautifully for the majority of years since our graduation in 1964. I am grateful to have connected with her cheerful, friendly, and smiling presence at our 75th reunion. She will be greatly missed. Elizabeth Titcomb Haskell
ELIZABETH HASKELL
Classmate
August 16, 2016
I treasure a shallow bowl Sally made in her ceramics phase at Mills. We reconnected prior to 50th reunion when I visited San Antonio and was treated to a great tour of the Water& River projects, the missions, art museums, favorite restaurants (Bob's included) and hilarious stories of her family and historical figures. Throughout her illness she kept her cool, and always looked ahead eagerly, proud of her family, her history, and her beloved SA. What a legacy she left! She touched my heart and many others.
Kathie Doerr
Friend
August 16, 2016
Our condolences go to you , your boys and their families for your deep loss.
It has been a great pleasure for our family to know that you and Sally have always been among our
neighborhood friends. Her poise and graciousness will always be remembered in every corner of this community.
Trudy and Paul Kinnison
Friend
August 11, 2016
Condolences to the family. It was such an honor to have known Sally. She was an angel and a fighter. She was gracious and strong. RIP Sally.
sylvia romo
Friend
August 9, 2016
Condolences to the family and friends. There will be an extra bright star in the heavens now!
Barbara Starr
August 9, 2016
Sally's family and my family were neighbors from 1946-1952. We used to spend time swinging together. She was a remarkable woman who did a lot for San Antonio and was one of those people who made the world a better place.
Carolyn Franke Kraft
Neighbor
August 8, 2016
Sally was a terrific lady who fiercely fought for what was best for her family! I'll never forget our Parent/Teacher conferences when I had Garland! She was so proud of her boys and I greatly respected her! So sorry for your loss! xx
Judy Belt
August 8, 2016
From our first meeting as parents at San Antonio Academy I was struck by Sally's kindness and energy. She touched so many lives and causes. Her courage in recent months was an example to all...always greeting the world with a smile. Her family and the city have lost a treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Buffy Smolens
Friend
August 7, 2016
She was a doer and a staunch advocate for our neighborhood
Darla Piner
August 6, 2016
A real make it happen person, and she will be missed.
Ed Piner
August 6, 2016
I think the last time I saw Sally was at Timely Topics, and even with the obvious surgery scars she had a big smile on her face. I will always think of that kind of courage and happy heart when I think of her. My prayers are with you and your family, Bob. God bless all of you.
Becky DeWees
Friend
August 6, 2016
My condolences to you Robert and family for the loss of Sally. She was was a very sincere and trusted person, who cared for San Antonio and its quality of life. I remember our issues on neighborhoods and especially River Road. She was a good friend that will always be remember.
Michael Garcia
Planning Commissioner
Michael Garcia [email protected]
Friend
August 6, 2016
Robert, My prayers are with you, and may her soul rest in peace. God bless all of you.
John J Kuntz III
Friend
August 6, 2016
Larry and I give to Sally's family our deepest condolences. Our hearts are saddened at the loss of this most creative, energetic, and generous lady. My singular visit (Dec 2014) at the invitation of Bob and Sally left us with a sincere appreciation of the beauty of this unique city, much of it due to the work and leadership of this special woman. Nancy and Larry Whitaker, (Nancy, Mills classmate)
Nancy Whitaker
Classmate
August 6, 2016
Dear Bob: You have lost a great companion and wife, your sons a mother. You have my utmost sympathy. I will pray for the repose of Sally's soul and for your family during this trying time. The River Road Neighborhood and San Antonio and countless others have lost a strong supporter and a defender of a way of life that is worth preserving. Sally made us all the better for it through by showing us a life well-lived
Hector Hugo Gonzalez
Neighbor
August 6, 2016
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Alamo Mission Chapter, are saddened by the lose of our member, Sally. She will be remembered during our Memorial Service in May, and her name and linage will be recorded in the DRT archives in Austin, for all times. God bless and keep her.
Melinda Miller
August 6, 2016
So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Bob and your family.
Joan Amaral
Friend
August 5, 2016
Bob and Family:

I extend to you and your family my deepest condolences. Sally was an amazing individual full of grace, integrity and perseverance. The San Antonio community is so blessed that it had Sally protecting the beauty and cultural heritage of our beloved city's waterways.

I had the distinct pleasure of serving on the board with Sally in the San Antonio Mexico Friendship Council (SAMFCO). She was dynamic and totally committed to San Antonio's bilateral relations with Mexico.

We are now so blessed in having a guardian angel watching over us from HEAVEN.

Amiga, descansa en paz
Jose Luis Garcia
August 5, 2016
Sally was a very special person and I cherish my times with her and Bob. She was always thinking of others and her generosity was evident everywhere. God Bless her and her family. Love, Linda
Linda Valdez
Friend
August 5, 2016
Bob and Family
Our deepest condolences to you and your family at this time of great loss.
Jerome Mills
Friend
August 5, 2016
Dearest Bob and Family, Sally will be missed in the preservation world of San Antonio. We are thinking about you with our hearts and remembering you in our prayers.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. -Matthew 5:4 NIV
Pamela Jary Rosser
Friend
August 5, 2016
Sally, we are so thankful for your years of service to the San Antonio River Authority and the city in general. You were a tenacious champion for the history and environment of the river. Thanks most of all for the love and kindness you always showed us.
Steve and Sandy Graham
Friend
August 5, 2016
I deeply regret that I will be out of state when services for Sally are scheduled. But I, along with many others, will be celebrating her life, her family, and her gifts and services to San Antonio. Sally was a classmate and fellow graduate of St. Mary's Hall, one of a small class. She was a shining star -- the best of the best.

My love to her husband Bobby and their children.

Donna Peacock
Donna Peacock
Classmate
August 4, 2016
Sally was not just my favorite cousin's wife, she was a woman whom I admired and enjoyed with good talk and good food. Not only was her family lucky to have her as wife and mother, but San Antonio was lucky to have her as a force in the community. She is missed already.
Catharine Stewart-Roache
Family
August 4, 2016
My deepest sympathies to Sally's family and friends. She was a treasure who will be dearly missed by us all.
Mura Kievman
Classmate
August 4, 2016
Bob, Garland & Larkin, you and our dear Sally were extended family during our years in River Road and we send our heartfelt sympathy on her passing. She led a full and joyful life of service to community and love shared with her many friends. Celebrate the blessings of her time on earth even as we all mourn her loss.
Jane & Jim Foster
Neighbor
August 4, 2016
My deepest sympathy to the family. Sally was an extraordinary woman and will be greatly missed.
Sabin Muir Nelson
Classmate
August 4, 2016
My sincerest condolences to all the family. May God rest her soul. Love, Alix
Alexandra Prejean
Family
August 4, 2016
Sally was such a good friend in high school and whenever I returned to San Antonio after that, which wasn't that often unfortunately. It was wonderful to read all the details of her good work here. It made me proud to be her friend.
Mary Pennington Cowmeadow
Friend
August 4, 2016
Beloved Bob & family, I keep a candle lit in my heart for all of you. Sally's kindness, her joy of being, & her tireless work in the world live on. May we carry it on. May you be comforted in the fullness of time.
Liz Helenchild
Friend
August 4, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Marilyn and Day McNeel
Marilyn and Day McNeel
Friend
August 4, 2016
As a relative newcomer to San Antonio, I feel honored to have known her and worked with her on the World Heritage nomination. Everyday when I enter my office, I see the photograph she gave to me of the Rose window, in honor of the inscription and I think of Sally.
Susan Snow
Acquaintance
August 3, 2016
Dear Mr. B., May loving memories sustain you in the days and years ahead.
Paula Schechter
Friend
August 2, 2016
To Robert and your family, MY wife Luisa and I send our most sincere condolences. I have known y'all since 1973 and have enjoyed travelling down the river of Life with y'all. Love Robert and Luisa Price
Robert Price
Friend
August 2, 2016
We met 35 years ago , but kept in touch with your annual Xmas letter which could arrive anytime.Finally after 30 years of persuasion, we did a great English Cathedral Trek with a diversion to George Washington's Ancestors House.What Fun ! What Memories and Fount of Knowledge you were.Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob and your extended family at this time.
John and Wendy Hoole
Friend
August 2, 2016
What a tremendous loss to you, your whole family, to all those who loved her dearly, and to the entire San Antonio community. Sally willl always be remembered for her intelligence, integrity, sense of humor, and her passion for life. She truly will be missed. God Bless Sally and May She Rest In Peace
Jean Blocker Castleberry Adsit
Friend
August 2, 2016
What a joy to have known Sally in this lifetime. I will always feel gratitude for her guidance and advice throughout my journey. Our thoughts are with Bob and Sally's treasured family at this time. With every colored ribbon and peony I see, my heart will remember her smile, sound of her laughter and that look in her eye when she was on a mission. Eres inolvidable. GRACIAS, amiga de mi corazon.
S Alfaro de Klamm
August 1, 2016
We celebrate her life but mourn her passing.
Julie Norton Keidel
Classmate
August 1, 2016
Deepest sympathy for the loss of Sally! She will be missed!
JoNell Glaenzel
JoNell Glaenzel
Acquaintance
August 1, 2016
Ms"B". Thank you for all you've done for so many people. You were such an inspiration to people of all walks of life. You will missed in so many ways, but your smile will live forever. Your love for nature will never be forgotten and your vision for tomorrow may we continue to strive to achieve. May the research you allowed the doctors to do in your battle on this earth bring a cure for those to follow in your footsteps. Know that you touched so many during your walk on this earth, but most importantly that someone can learn one thing that they too will have a continued vision of something you started. We will miss you, we will think of you often, and may you know we will always admire you. We know today that your pain is over on this earth and God has gained a great soul into his kingdom. We look forward to the day, when we can all gather on the banks of that river knowing that you'll be there waiting. Again you will be missed but know your love will continue in so many challenges you started only to make our earth a better place to live. We will do our best to take care of Mr "B", Larkin, and Garland. We love and miss you.

Terry and Darlene Landreth
Terry Landreth
Friend
August 1, 2016
I took just seconds (literally) upon meeting her to realize Sally was a powerful, passionate, smart woman who knew what she wanted and didn't mince words striving to get what she felt was in the best interest of her beloved city and San Antonio River. She was an amazing, inspiring presence who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I felt lucky to have been introduced to her. Heartfelt condolences to her loved ones.
Shana Avery
Coworker
August 1, 2016
Dearest Sally, you will be so missed. Cannot count the number of times our paths crossed and I was always the better for it. Bob and family, my deepest sympathies. Lots of great memories, most make me smile.
Linda Winchester
Friend
August 1, 2016
I went to school with Sally and she was the MOST considerate person I have ever known. I knew her at SMH and at Mills college; I pray for her children and will keep you in my prayers for ever and ever.
Jocelyn Straus
Friend
August 1, 2016
Sally was an inspiration to us all here at the San Antonio River Authority. I will miss her cheerful and inviting personality. My thoughts and prayers are with the Buchanan family during this difficult time. #Herlovefortheriverrunsdeep
Summer West
Coworker
August 1, 2016
Sally was an angel on earth. She always had a tender smile and a gentle word for everyone. Barry and I will miss her dearly and will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Kimberly & Barry Harrison
Friend
August 1, 2016
Our love and condolences.
Louis and Gina Rubiola
August 1, 2016
Sally was a great shoulder and support to me in my career over the past 30+ years, and our mutual love for our River sustained her through much. I will always appreciate her cunning, dry humor, and those smiling eyes that spoke volumes. Thanks, Sally.
JoAnn Boone
Friend
August 1, 2016
What a profoundly generous and loving person. Thank you Sally you are alive in my memory.
Penny Morrill
Friend
August 1, 2016
Sally was the girl next door. I knew her all her life. She was always solid and sane. A treasured friend. I will miss her.
Pleas McNeel
July 31, 2016
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