August 18, 1939 – July 22, 2013
Sandy Blue went home to Jesus on July 22, she was a loving wife, mother and sister. She enjoyed working in the garden growing flowers and the vegetables she used in her home made sauces. She loved to cook and bake and held many special family birthday dinners, holiday dinners, and picnics. She would spend days making family favorite dishes and decorating cakes and cookies. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends especially her grand kids, nieces/nephews children. She was always ready with a story to share or time to draw or color with the little one.
Sandy is survived by husband Bill of 54 years, daughter Ann, son Bill (Mindy),Grand kids Brandon (Krista), Andrea and Allison. Sisters Rosemary, Frede, Marilyn, and Johnnie as well as nieces and nephews.
She was an active volunteer in the Johnston school system, as well as the Methodist Hospital snack shop. She was part of the grass roots efforts to improve the lives of people with muscular dystrophy. She served on the MDA board and was the first Patient Care Advocate and inducted into the MDA Hall of Fame. She gracefully endured a life long battle with Centronuclear Myopathy, a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. When diagnosed, she was the 27th known case in the world. Sandy was a case study at iowa city hospital and clinics for CNM, in an effort to help researchers and doctors learn about the disease and help others with CNM live a better life. A large number of student doctors had the opportunity to visit with Sandy during her visits to the clinics. She always encouraged them to study the muscles. After years of searching unsuccessfully for research being done on CNM, we finally found the Beggs Laboratory in Boston. So true to the way she lived her life she donated her body for research with the faith that the cure for Dystrophy will be found on her body.
In lieu of flowers, Sandy hopes you will consider donating to Beggs Laboratory Congenital Myopathy Research Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215 or online www.childrenshospital.org/tribute.
Sandy’s Celebration of Life will be Sunday, September 22nd at 3:30 pm at Merle Hay Chapel in Des Moines.
ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES FUNERAL HOMES ~ DUNN’S CHAPEL.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Dunn’s Chapel 2121 Grand Ave Des Moines, IA 50312 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com