She led an admirable life. The first female astronaut, she could have lived on that fame for a lifetime. She did not. She gave good service on the Rogers Commission investigating the Challenger disaster and even more so on the Augustine Commission, which often referred to her "Sally Charts".
She also worked to promote K-12 interest in space and science.
It was a full life, and too short.
We were fortunate to have her, and fortunate to live at a time in history when we can talk of a 61 year old ex-astronaut dying too young.