Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 27, 2020
(1933 - 2020)
Sarah Parker Springer, 86, of McLean, Virginia, died
peacefully February 17, 2020, at the Arleigh Burke
Pavilion in McLean. Sarah, or Sally, was the beloved wife
of Robert M. Springer, Jr, an Army officer, for sixty-four
years, and the mother of four children, nine grandchildren,
and one great grandchild.
Our beloved Sally was born in Washington, DC, September 1,1933, to Joseph Houston
and Anna Mae Parker, graduated from Western High School (1952) there, and later, on
scholarships, attended the Randolph-Macon Women's College in 1951 and later
graduated from George Washington University in 1955.
After graduation she accepted a position with Army Intelligence at the Pentagon where
she met and married Robert, an Army captain. Sally's life centered around family and
adventure, travel and service to others. Her four children, Robert III, Elizabeth, Ann Lauren,
and Joseph, are married with children of their own.
After her children had grown, she joined the Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) as a policy analyst, and worked there for 12 years. As an Army wife,
Sally lived in Hawaii, Thailand, Germany, Carlisle Pa., Colorado Springs, Ft Huachuca,
Az., and Northern Va.
After retirement she and Robert continued to travel, visiting more than eighty countries,
mostly in Asia, Africa and Europe. Sally led a vigorous and active life into her eighties,
which included skiing, sailing, swimming, walking, and hiking. She also was a voracious
reader and a member of several book clubs. Sally loved singing and music, especially
opera. She sang in singing groups, church choirs and the Vinson Voices. In 1955 Sally
sang in a USO tour entertaining the troops at eight air bases in the Arctic.
Sally was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean for over 40 years.
Sally always will be remembered and loved for her quick mind, warmth of spirit, her
kindness, her contagious sense of humor, her interest in others, her curiosity, love of
animals, and enthusiasm. Her ready smile lit up the world around her and brought joy to all
who knew her.
As named above, she is survived by four children. In addition, there are nine
grandchildren - Katherine, Gray, Mark, Evan, Adrienne, Julie, Lily, James and Robert, and
a great grandson, Houston.
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown
Pike, McLean, Virginia 22101.
Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 29, at the Chapel at the
Vinson Hall Retirement Community, 6251 Old Dominion Drive, Mclean, Virginia 22101.