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Sally Dillard Charles

June 24, 1933 ~ June 5, 2020 (age 86)


Sally D. Charles, formerly of Boynton Beach, died Friday, June 5, 2020, at the Finnish American Nursing Home, Lake Worth, FL.  Born June 24, 1933, in St Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of Paul & LaVerta Dillard.

A graduate of Normandy High School, St Louis, MO, Sally attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she was a dance major.  She participated in several musical theater performances and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

While living in Rockford, IL, Sally was an active Junior League member and avid golfer participating in, and winning, many golf tournaments.  She supported the Rockford Pro-Am Golf Tournament as a volunteer and was instrumental in bringing many celebrity performers such as Bob Hope and Vincent Price to the event.

She formed the Sally Brown Dancers to teach modern dance to many students.  Her dance troupe performed throughout the city of Rockford to sold out crowds.  One summer, her dance troupe studied in Aspen, CO. She was also known for bringing in renowned guest dance teachers including Edward Caton and Charles Weidman.

Sally was hired by Slavka Kohout, Janet Lynn’s coach for the 1972 Olympics, to teach Janet several graceful ballet-related arm movements. This enabled Janet to stand out from the other skaters and she became known for her grace on the ice.  Janet went on to win the Bronze Medal at the 1972 Olympics.

Later Sally moved to Boynton Beach, FL, where she continued golfing, doing community work, composing music and spending time with friends.  A lover of dogs, golden Labradors were her constant companion.

Survived by son Gregory (Amy) Brown of Lake Geneva, WI; daughter Beth B. Muecke of Houston, TX; and grandchildren Dr. Trevor Brown, Chad Brown, Harrison (Diana) Muecke, and Kendra Muecke. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Brown; and brother, Kenneth Dillard.

There will be no services locally. Her burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery, St Louis, Missouri.

No flowers, please. Memorial donations in honor of Sally are asked to be made to: Catholic Charities/Elder Affairs Program, 100 West 20th Street, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404.

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