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Sally B. Gentry

July 14, 1947November 9, 2020

Gentry, Sally Jinene Basicker

Sally died of cancer at The Carpenter House in Baton Rouge on November 9, 2020. A resident of St Gabriel, Louisiana, she was born on July 14, 1947 in Kosciusko County Indiana. Although born in Indiana, Sally was a Louisiana girl at heart as evidenced by her love for the swamp, cypress knees, wildlife and the people of Louisiana. She was a great friend with twinkling eyes and an infectious giggle who enjoyed being part of the crowd strolling through the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day. Although her animals were her greatest loves, she also relished drinking the occasional shaken, not stirred, Dirty Martini straight up with one olive. Some of her happiest moments were spent peacefully riding her tractor and cleaning out her horse stalls while her dogs ran free on her land. At the age of 34, after working in the mortgage business for a number of years, Sally began pursuing her professional education at LSU and ultimately became a Licensed Professional Counselor. After receiving her BA in psychology and her MA in education in 1989, she worked for ten years in the position of Program Director at Volunteers of America, GBR where she implemented the mental health services program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and co-facilitated the suicide survivors support groups. From 2000 until her retirement in 2019, Sally worked for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Association (LOPA) where she designed and implemented the family services program and provided counseling and support to donor families. Sally inspired and was loved by many. She leaves behind her beloved rescue dogs and horses. She was preceded in death by her parents Elbert and Eileen (Allisbaugh) Basicker, her sister Judy Joan Basicker, her beloved Aunt Catherine Allisbaugh and her husband James R. (Jim) Gentry. Sally wished to thank Dr. Nuss at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center and the staff of the Carpenter House. She appreciated the kind and compassionate care they provided to her, as well as, their honesty and senses of humor. Sally desired to be cremated and did not want any type of memorial service. She asked that her friends and acquaintances consider making donations in her honor to the local animal shelter of their choice or to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.



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Sid Williams

November 13, 2020

The world needs more people like Sally! Always honest, always compassionate, always understanding, always down for a good drink and ALWAYS a blast to be around. She’d always compliment my outfit or something I was wearing, and I’d always tell her I’d get her a matching whatever because she was cool enough to wear it too! Last time I saw Sally, I was the one complimenting her. She was wearing a pair of blue reflective sunglasses. Sally, I hope you’re looking down on us through those blue lenses cracking jokes about all of our foolishness. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet you, and I will ALWAYS remember you! Rest easy Sally ❤️

Adam Keaton

November 13, 2020

Sally was such a great person. She helped so many people in both her professional & personal life. I was lucky enough to work with Sally in Baton Rouge. I know her professional legacy will live on through LOPA's family services program, which she founded, providing support for grieving families for years to come. Rest well, Sally. And thanks for all that you did for others.


November 11, 2020

Sally was such a bright light to so many at Lopa. She had such a positive energy and a zest for life. Sally was the life of the party!! We always laughed at the most inappropriate times. She was truly loved by so many. Her wisdom and advice was always a welcomed joy. She will live in my heart forever.

Tere Walsh

November 11, 2020

So, so sad to hear of Sally's passing.😥 What a bright light she was! Her dedication to her LOPA family, recipients and donors was remarkable. I will miss working with you and seeing your great smile.
Shine on, sweet angel!

Susan Austin

November 11, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Sally at LOPA for quite a few years. We would often collaborate on ways to best communicate with families regarding special types of donations. I like to think that I helped her at times. Sally and I had a like-mindedness when it came to the way we thought and we got along very well together. I maintained a friendship with her after I retired and I will miss her greatly. She was a wonderful woman! I wish her peace...

Robin Hooper

November 11, 2020

We were so saddened to hear of your battle with cancer and your untimely passing. You were always a sweet, caring person. Thought of you often as we would pass your home. We always enjoyed those martinis with you at Sno's! I know you will be missed by many especially your dogs and horses whom you loved so much! Rest in Paradise!

Love, Robin & Tim Hooper

Michael Davidson

November 11, 2020

So sad to hear this 😢 She tried to find my Donor Family. So Thank you Lori for letting us all know that this happened. She was a great lady and friend..

Chillon Caraway

November 11, 2020

You are one of my greatest friends. There is no one who listened more, collaborated more or was more accepting. I love and adore our friendship and am thankful for you. Rest well Sally.

Lori Steele

November 11, 2020

Missing my sweet friend! Thank you for your light, laughter & wisdom...

Jada Kerek

November 11, 2020

Thank you, sweet, sassy Sally. You have inspired me so over the past twelve years. You will be missed greatly. Adored your fun spirit, conversations, and company lots!
Prayers for all who loved Sally ~ Kindly, Jada Kerek


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