Ellen Marie Sandy, 63, of Strasburg, VA passed away peacefully at her home, on Saturday, November 23, 2019, surrounded by her family, after bravely battling multiple myeloma for almost five years.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock, VA at 11:00 a.m. (nursery will be provided), with a reception following.
Ellen was born on April 28, 1956 in Washington, DC to George C. and Mary V. “Ginger” Taylor. She grew up in South Lawn, MD and Oxon Hill, MD before moving to Shenandoah County when she was fourteen. She was a graduate of Strasburg High School and earned her Associates Degree at Lord Fairfax Community College.
Ellen touched the lives of many through her love and extensive knowledge of animals, gardening, and anything related to wildlife and nature. When she moved to the country, she became a self-taught horsewoman who raised everything from raccoons to snakes, and then carried her love for animals into adulthood, raising horses, African Grey parrots, and English and French bulldogs with her family. She was one of the first members of the Shenandoah County 4-H Horse and Pony Club and then became a 4-H club leader as well as a community dog obedience instructor. She has brought happiness to many families through her ‘Sandy Lane' bulldogs and involvement with animal rescue. Ellen loved her family, friends, and her animals more than anything in the world and had a generous heart of gold that will never be equaled. She will be remembered for her kind soul, courageous spirit, and infectious personality that always loved a good laugh (or prank).
Ellen is survived by her husband and soulmate of 42 years, Kenneth Sandy, her daughter and best friend, Jennifer Cooper, son-in-law, Titus Cooper, granddaughter, Margaret Ellen Cooper, and mother, Ginger. She is preceded in death by her father, George, and brother Richard “Rick” Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.mmrf.org) P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241 or Luke’s Backpack (www.svlm.org) c/o Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries, Inc. P.O. Box 132 Toms Brook, VA 22660.
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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Ms. Sandy.
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