Sandra “Sandy” Springer was a native of Wyoming, born in Rawlins in 1962. The family, which included her parents Robert and Colleen and older brother Scott, moved two years later to Bakersfield, California. At an early age Sandy enjoyed the family’s wide variety of pets, including a dog, rabbits, a desert turtle, ducks, a squirrel and cats. She was active in church activities at the East Bakersfield Church of Christ. She also was a member of the YMCA Indian Maidens program, and she attended Ruth Harding Elementary School.
Bakersfield was a great place for Sandy to ride bikes, swim, enjoy the Southern California climate and explore the outdoors. There were frequent trips to the ocean, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mojave Desert. When she was 9 years old, the family moved across the country to Annandale, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. In Virginia, Sandy attended Hughes Middle School and then Annandale High School. She graduated from Annandale High in 1980, and after graduation she moved with her parents to Cheyenne.
In Cheyenne, Sandy attended Laramie County Community College, and in May 1985 she graduated with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in childhood development. In 1986 Sandy and her parents moved from Cheyenne to the family ranch just south of Buffalo. Over the next nine years, Sandy worked as a substitute and then a leader’s assistant teacher at the Buffalo Children’s Center. Sandy then moved back to Virginia in 1996 and worked at the Dulles Corner Daycare Center for about a year. In 1998, she began a nine-year stint teaching at the Georgetown University daycare center in Washington, D.C. She taught the “buttercups” class and was recognized as an outstanding contributor to the Hoya Kids Program.
In 2009, she dealt with a malignant sarcoma cancer, and after surgery and chemotherapy, she moved back to the family ranch in Buffalo. Over the past few years, she worked part time at the St. Francis Animal Shelter in Buffalo. She was a member of the Buffalo Church of Christ during all of her time in Buffalo. Her cancer returned in 2019, and she died on July 10, 2019, at the Spirit Mountain Hospice Home in Cody. Sandy was a Christian who believed that death is the beginning of life and not the end. In her final weeks she relied on a strong faith in Jesus to combat fear and hopelessness.
She is survived by her brother Scott and sister-in-law Stacy of Cody and by her nephew Kyle in Richmond, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Church of Christ in Buffalo.
Sandy requested that anyone wishing to make a donation in her honor could do so to the St. Francis Animal Shelter, 109 Flatiron Dr., Buffalo, WY 82834. An online guestbook is available at www.BallardFH.com