She served on the Centerville City Council for eight years and two terms as mayor.
Beals was in charge of acquiring and renovating Benham’s Grove, an abandoned farmhouse that she helped grow to a community gathering place, the city said. She was also committed to helping The Golf Club at Yankee Trace grow into a professional golf facility and event space.
In 1998, Beals helped establish the Centerville-Washington Foundation, a group which supports non-profits in the community. The foundation granted Beals its Founders Award in 2017 for her contributions, according to the city.
Beals moved to Centerville in 1965. Sally served on the city’s council from 1988-1995 and was Centerville mayor from 1996-2004.
Her husband John Beals passed away in 2019 during his third term on city council.
They were married for more than 60 years and raised three children in Centerville.