Sally Maitland Barcus, age 68, passed away on March 28 at her home in Greenbelt, MD, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughter, Erin Barcus of Alexandria, VA; son James Barcus of Greenbelt; sister Joanne (Frank) Gum of Delmar, DE; sister Gail (Rod) Brown of Ryegate, VT; and brother John (Angie) Maitland of Chapin, SC. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ann Maitland.
Sally was born on November 4, 1950 in Wellsville, NY. She graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA and went on to get her Associates Degree at PGCC. She worked at National Republican Congressional Committee and Goddard Space Flight Center.
For many years, Sally was very active in St. Hughes CYO, coaching softball and running the bingo fundraiser for the Labor Day Festival. She also played on Tanner's women's slow pitch softball team, winning the state championship multiple times.
Sally loved spending time with her extended family, friends and faithful canine companions, Maya and Penny. Second to those, Sally loved volleyball. It was her constant companion for many decades. Sally continued to play until she was physically unable to do so. Throughout the years, she played on co-ed, women's and senior teams. Some of the team names were Beer Point, the Delicate Flowers (where Sally's team nickname was Lotus), Spiked Heels, Stray Cats, Volleysaurus Rex, MD AU Stars and MD AU (AU for Gold). She went to several Senior Olympic Games in many different states with the MD AU team and won lots of medals, to include a gold!
On and off the court, Sally's laugh, love, competitiveness and spirit were contagious. A celebration of Sally's life will be held on Friday, April 26 from 12:00-4:00pm at Historic Savage Mill Manor, 8502 Fair Street, Savage, MD.
Donations in Sally's honor would be welcome for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.