Happy Mother’s Day 2016


Happy Mother’s Day 2016 to all of the moms in the combined and extended Reilly-Douglas-Sayes-Davis family. This past year has been a good one for all of our moms … and by next year, we’ll have some new additions to this display. Thanks, MOMS, for all you have done and continue to do to make our families happy, healthy and well-loved. We love you all.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2015


Wishing all of the mothers in the combined and extended Reilly-Douglas-Sayes-Davis family a Happy Mother’s Day today. Sadly, since we last celebrated Mother’s Day, we lost two matriarchs of the family. Robin “Mimi” Sayes, mother of Thomas “Trey” Sayes, Candy Sayes Davis, Morgan Sayes and Summer Sayes Purvis, died peacefully while napping during the afternoon of October 16, 2014, at her home in San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico, at the age of 89. And Ruth Guzinski, mother of Sue Thomas and grandmother of Jeff Thomas, and Gary, Larry and Angela Reposa, died on March 1, 2015, also at the age of 89. So we’re remembering them today, along with the other mothers who are no longer with us … Marion Thomas Reilly, mother of myself, Larry Reilly Jr., Jerry Reilly, Luanne Reilly Oda and Suzie Reilly; Dorothy Hardy Douglas, mother of Sandy Douglas Reilly, Penny Douglas and Mike Douglas; and Sandy Reilly, mother of my children, Douglas Reilly, Matt Reilly, Larisa Reilly Thomas and Sean Reilly. We love and miss them all.

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Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly — 4-14-48 to 11-1-1999


Sandy in Huntington Beach 1972

Sandy in Huntington Beach 1972

Today my wife Sandy would have been 66 years old, had breast cancer not taken her life nearly 15 years ago.

Sandy was a loving wife and mother, especially the latter — you did not want to cross her regarding any of our children!

Sandy and Doug at Cal Pines 1971

Sandy and Doug at Cal Pines 1971

Sandy, Matt, Risa & Sean in Ventura 1982

Sandy, Matt, Risa & Sean in Ventura 1982

She was also an excellent teacher after returning to school at Dominican College and obtaining both her bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate while battling cancer.  I discussed details of this extraordinary five-year struggle with cancer here:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/could-i-have-this-dance/:

Today, though, I would prefer to remember the good times, so here are more photos of Sandy over the years.

Sandy was a happy baby 1949 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy was a happy baby — 1949 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy the Cowgirl 1950 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Cowgirl Sandy 1950 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy & her sister Penny circa 1954 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy & her sister Penny circa 1954 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy Senior Portrait Overton High School, Memphis, TN, 1966

Sandy Senior Portrait Overton High School, Memphis, TN, 1966

Sandy in Overton Park, Memphis, TN, 1967

Sandy in Overton Park, Memphis, TN, 1967

For photos from our wedding on December 7, 1968, see:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/december-7th/

Sandy on our honeymoon, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 1968

Sandy on our honeymoon, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 1968

Reilly family Christmas 1974 Costa Mesa CA (Photographer Unknown)

Reilly family Christmas 1974 Costa Mesa CA (Photographer Unknown)

Four Generations (Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby Douglas, Dorothy Hardy Douglas)

Four Generations of Douglas-Reilly women —– (Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby Douglas, Dorothy Hardy Douglas — Senatobia MS 1981)

Jim & Sandy 1983 (Photographer Unknown)

Jim & Sandy 1983 (Photographer Unknown)

River Rafting on Truckee River, Lake Tahoe CA 9-17-1983  (Lawrence John Reilly III, Douglas Lawrence Reilly, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sean Thomas Reilly and Matthew SZA Reilly)

River Rafting on Truckee River, Lake Tahoe CA 9-17-1983 (Lawrence John Reilly III, Douglas Lawrence Reilly, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sean Thomas Reilly and Matthew SZA Reilly)

Sandy in Glider with her boss Mike Maxwell circa 1987 (and yes, she flew in it, too)

Sandy in Glider with her boss Mike Maxwell circa 1987 (and yes, she flew in it, too)

Reilly Family at Fort Ross CA 1986 (Photo by Maureen Sinclair)

Reilly Family at Fort Ross CA 1986 (Photo by Maureen Sinclair)

At Doug's Graduation from Cal 1993 (Photographer Unknown)

Doug’s Graduation University of California 1993 (Photographer Unknown)

Risa's Graduation New York University 1997 (Photo by Sister Dorothy Reilly)

Risa’s Graduation New York University 1999 (Photo by Sister Dorothy Reilly)

Sandy on Ferry to Statue of Liberty 1999

Sandy on Ferry to Statue of Liberty 1999

 

 

December 7th … 45th Anniversary


1968

Sandy Wedding Newspaper Announcement

Jim & Sandy Wedding Portrait

Joe M. Douglas, Father of the Bride, and Sandy

Joe Marion Douglas, Father of the Bride, and Sandy

Lawrence John Reilly Sr., Marion Thomas Reilly, James Thomas Reilly, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Dorothy Hardy Douglas, Joe Marion Douglas

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Lawrence Ambrose ("Grandpa") Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby ("Granny") Douglas, Sandy, Jim, Gerald Francis ("Pop") Thomas, Louise E. Schillinger ("Nana") Thomas

Lawrence Ambrose (“Grandpa”) Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby (“Granny”) Douglas, Sandy, Jim, Gerald Francis (“Pop”) Thomas, Louise E. Schillinger (“Nana”) Thomas

Luanne Reilly Oda, Jim, Lawrence John Reilly Sr., Lawrence John Reilly Jr., Gerald Thomas Reilly, Marion Thomas Reilly, Suzanne Marie Reilly

Luanne Reilly Oda, Jim, Lawrence John Reilly Sr., Lawrence John Reilly Jr.,
Gerald Thomas Reilly, Marion Thomas Reilly, Suzanne Marie Reilly

Penny Douglas, Sandy, Brenda Williams, Susan Hardy

Penny Douglas, Sandy, Brenda Williams, Susan Hardy

Sandy + Wedding - Close Up (adjusted)

SANDY — We all love & miss you.