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, 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:
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
Cowgirl Sandy 1950 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 in Overton Park, Memphis, TN, 1967
For photos from our wedding on December 7, 1968, see:
Sandy on our honeymoon, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 1968
Reilly family Christmas 1974 Costa Mesa CA (Photographer Unknown)
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)
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)
Reilly Family at Fort Ross CA 1986 (Photo by Maureen Sinclair)
Doug’s Graduation University of California 1993 (Photographer Unknown)
Risa’s Graduation New York University 1999 (Photo by Sister Dorothy Reilly)
Sandy on Ferry to Statue of Liberty 1999