Sarah “Sally” Thrall, 85, who worked at a private school in Washington after accompanying her husband, a Foreign Service officer, to postings in Asia, died Aug. 17 in Chapel Hill, N.C., at the home of her son James Thrall. She had sepsis and suffered a stroke, he said.

From 1982 to 1993, Mrs. Thrall was an administrative assistant at the Maret School in Washington. She was librarian at an international school in Tokyo when her husband was posted there in 1975 and 1976. From 1949 to 1952, she taught at Dunn Loring Elementary School in Fairfax County.

Sarah Ann Morgan was born in Warren, Ohio. She graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio in 1949 and then moved to the Washington area. In recent years, she lived in Bethesda and with her son in Chapel Hill.

During her husband’s years in the Foreign Service, Mrs. Thrall accompanied him to postings in Tokyo, Rangoon, Seoul and Manila.

She was an elder and choir member at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. She was a volunteer in a Cambodian refugee relocation program and organized annual block parties in her neighborhood.

Her 40-year marriage to Homer Thrall Jr. ended in divorce in 1989.

Survivors include three children, Nancy C. Thrall of Alexandria, James H. Thrall of Chapel Hill and Cameron D. Thrall of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates; a sister; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes