Sally Brown Tange, 90, died peacefully of natural causes Friday, May 6, at Highgate Senior Living in Bozeman, Montana.
Sally was born on August 2, 1931 in Wolverhampton, England, where her father ran a Goodyear tire factory. She is the daughter of Robert Toombs Brown and Mary Esther Doolittle.
At age 2, she moved to Akron, Ohio, where she attended and graduated from Buchtel High School in 1948 and Stephens College for Women in Columbia, Missouri in 1950. In September 1951, she was married Henry Robinson and together they had five children. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1967.
Now a single mother of five, Sally moved her children to Belle Mead, New Jersey, just outside of Princeton. To support her family, Sally held many jobs, including working as a phlebotomist at Princeton Hospital, traveling to New York to work as a secretary at Cornell Medical School. She also started several small businesses, including an RV rental business that failed with rising gas prices in the 1970s, and Sally’s Supper Service, a pre-cooked meal delivery service that puts dinner in your oven – perfect for commuters – closed by local authorities. due to food service regulations.
Sally loved to travel and wanted her children to see America. So she rented a motorhome (now called a motorhome) and drove through 27 states in the summer of 1970, from NJ to California and back. Each child was responsible for cooking one meal a week and had to write in a journal every day. Along the way, national parks, family, friends and even Disneyland were visited.
In 1980 Sally married Henry Patton, Princeton Class of 1935. Together they traveled extensively in Europe and she became fascinated with French cuisine. After the end of this marriage in 1987, she entered the cooking school of La Varenne in Paris. Then at 57, she worked for a year at L’Espérance in Vézelay in Burgundy, the only woman in a 3-star Michelin kitchen. Back in New Jersey, she went to work as a secretary in the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University until her retirement in 1993.
Sally then moved to Bozeman and took a part-time job at the Hampton Inn as a shuttle driver and breakfast server. She was serving refills of coffee in her silver coffee pot. At the time of her move, four of her five children were also living in Bozeman. In 2006, she married Carl Tange, a longtime resident and local Bozeman hotel developer. Together they have traveled the world, including a world cruise on the Queen Elizabeth II in 2015.
In addition to gourmet cooking and travel, Sally was passionate about her dogs, gardened her daffodils in Princeton and Bozeman, loved to write, paint and sculpt. She was an active member of the writers group at Bozeman Senior Center, an active member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Bozeman, and a supporter of the Bozeman Symphony.
Sally is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Tange; one son, Robert Henry Robinson; and his sister, Mary Brown Kiernan. She is survived by her sister, Pat Zeigler of Akron, Ohio; his children, James William (Ellie Lambrecht) Robinson, Thomas Brown Robinson and Sally Hamlen Robinson, all of Bozeman, and Anne Elizabeth (Andrew Hamilton) Robinson of Greensboro, North Carolina; and his only granddaughter, Catherine “Catie” (Bryson Scheck) Robinson-Scheck of Belgrade, MT.
A celebration of Sally’s life will be held later this summer and official details will be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable donations be made to Family Promise of Gallatin Valley, PO Box 475, Bozeman, MT 59771.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com [dokkennelson.com]