Sidney B. Savage, 82, a Navy wife who settled in the Washington area in the mid-1960s and became a volunteer with the Democratic Party and the Northern Virginia Literacy Council, died Jan. 5 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had Alzheimer’s disease.

Mrs. Savage, a Fairfax County resident, was a past district chairman and precinct captain of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.

With the literacy council, she was a tutor, student interviewer, placement adviser and president of the council’s board of directors.

She was a past board member of WETA, the public television station, and a past member of the board of visitors of Mount Vernon, the historic home of George Washington.

She volunteered with a human rights group focused on Vietnam, an activity she joined because of a Vietnamese neighbor.

Her honors included three awards of the Virginia Governor’s Award for Volunteering Excellence.

Sidney Boyd was born in Caledonia, Miss., and attended what is now San Diego State University.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, retired Navy Cmdr. Stuart Savage Jr. of Fairfax County; three children, Stephanie Savage of Portsmouth, Va., Stuart Savage III of Yorktown, Va., and Suzanne Savage of Fairfax County; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein