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According to her online obituary at Legacy.com, Sallye Beatrice Abel was a graduate of Madam Walker's School of Beauty Culture. She was employed as a beautician when she enlisted in the Army in St. Louis, MO, in 1943, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. After her military service, she returned to Illinois. She was employed as a licensed beautician and was very active in social and community organizations and her church.
In 1958, Sallye Brack was the newly elected corresponding secretary of the Henry Warfield Auxiliary of the American Legion in Decatur, IL. In 1962, she was elected the vice president of Tau Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority in Decatur. In 1963, she was elected the organization's recorder. Meetings for both the auxiliary and the sorority organizations were often held at Sallye Brack's home. She was a longtime member of both organizations and served in various leadership positions.
In 1964, Sallye B. Brack married Dennis Abel. That same year, her mother died. Sallye had annual "In Memoriam" notices placed in the Decatur newspaper. In 1977, Sallye Abel was elected the president of the 19th District of the American Legion Auxiliary of the state of Illinois. Also in 1977, she was one of two residents recognized with a Community Service Award from the Decatur Club of Frontiers International in honor of her service with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Henry Warfield American Legion Auxiliary, Church Women United, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and other organizations.
Sallye B. Brack Abel died in Decatur, IL, in 2004. She is buried in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.
Sources: Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry); Social Security Death Index in Ancestry; U. S. Veterans' Gravesites in Ancestry; see Sallye Beatrice Abel at Find A Grave; "Mrs. Jefferies heads Warfield Auxiliary," The Decatur Review, 08/01/1958, p.17; "Alpha Chi Pi Omegas elect Mrs. Hood," Decatur Herald, 01/11/1962, p.29; "Macon County Deaths: Dennis Abel," Herald & Review, 12/27/1984, p.5; "Legion Auxiliary officers told," The Decatur Review, 06/14/1977, p.11; "Frontiers Club honors two residents," The Decatur Review, 09/26/1977, p.18; "Obituaries: Sallye Beatrice Abel," Herald & Review, 05/05/2004, p.D3.
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|NKAA Source:||National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)|
|NKAA Source:||Ancestry (online)|
|NKAA Source:||The Decatur daily review (newspaper)|
|NKAA Source:||Herald & review (newspaper)|
|NKAA Source:||The Decatur herald (newspaper)|
Cite This NKAA Entry:
“Abel, Sallye Beatrice Brack,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed November 26, 2022, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/300004544.
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