Sally Irene Savell Lannier

Sally Irene Savell Lannier, 1950-2023, lost her valiant fight with cancer on Thursday, September 28.  She died surrounded by her loving family and dogs at home, her dearest wish. Sally was a talented educator, putting her teaching skills to use most recently as the corporate Director of Operations and Training for Buffalo Wild Wings before her retirement in 2017.

Her greatest love was her family.  She leaves her beloved husband, Melvin (Jim) Lannier and their three sons, Preston, Zachary and Cooper, as well as her step-children, Brad and his wife Diana, Michelle and grandson Nick.  She and Jim lived in Minnesota for many years, moving to Denver, North Carolina four years ago. She also leaves her only sister, Susan Savell,(sister-in-law Dory Cote) who joined all of her “boys” to surround Sally with love, care, and support for her wonderful sense of humor during her final days. She was always thinking of others first, throughout her life, and continued to do so even from her hospital bed.

Sally’s huge and generous heart will be remembered at a Celebration of Life that will be held at a later date.

3 Responses to Sally Irene Savell Lannier

  1. Peter Tompkins September 30, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

    I worked with Sally for over 15 years at Buffalo Wild Wings and really loved working with her. She was a very dedicated and resourceful colleague and would go the xtra mile to support the restaurants in the field. Really loved her laugh and team approach to problem solving!
    I know she loved her family and I am praying for your peace and comfort during this time.

  2. Richard Benson October 1, 2023 at 7:01 pm #

    Those we Love, Don’t go away.
    They walk beside us Every Day.
    I know my words can not ease your pain or our
    emptiness. I know that all of us, your friends, are
    thinking of you, the boys and your daughter.
    There are special people in our lives, that never leave
    us, even after they are gone.
    Sally is one of those special individuals.
    Nothing, we can say will ease your pain.
    We are forever sorry for you loosing someone so
    You all remain in our hearts and prayers…..
    We love you all…..
    Dick & Linda Benson

  3. Nancy Roman October 2, 2023 at 9:16 pm #

    I worked with Sally at Wendy’s in Minnesota. She was a true friend, mentor and teacher. I’ll never forget her wisdom and humor. Gods peace to her family.

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