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Sandra "Sandy" Terrill

Died: Wed., Nov. 23, 2011

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MISSOULA - Sandy Terrill, 62, passed away in her home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, of ovarian cancer, surrounded by family and with her cat on her lap. She faced her illness with the same determination that she lived her life; with optimism, courage, and hope for many more years.

She was born in Berkeley, Calif., on Sept. 1, 1949, to F. Paul and Jacqueline Sibbald Ulrich. Sandy spent her formative years in Walnut Creek, Calif., and moved to Salem, Ore., before the start of third grade. She enjoyed her summers fishing and camping with her family, picking beans and strawberries, and hanging out with friends.

After graduating with honors from South Salem High School, she started her dream of becoming a teacher in fall 1967, by attending the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. She joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and enjoyed attending the small university. One highlight of her college years was being named a delegate for the Kappa Kappa Gamma National Convention in Orlando, Fla., traveling across the country with her girlfriends. During her last year at UPS she was granted a graduate scholarship to the University of Montana as the graduate chapter adviser at Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority in Missoula. With her degree in elementary education, Sandy moved to the Beta Phi chapter house in Missoula and started graduate school in fall 1971.

Two years later, she started teaching seventh and and eighth grades at Hawthorne School. After Hawthorne burned down, she was relocated to C.S. Porter where she taught until Missoula County Public Schools reorganized. At that time, Sandy moved back to Hawthorne as a third-grade teacher and remained there until her retirement in 2004.

Sandy was a teacher few of her students will ever forget. She had high expectations of all her students and expected them to excel to the best of their abilities. She taught with passion, fairness and love for the children entrusted to her. Having taught more than 700 students in her career, she rarely forgot a student's name. Thirty years later, when a former student would approach her and ask, "Do you remember me?" she would answer back "You're _____." If she didn't recognize them right away she would ask for a clue, such as, "You lived on Hiberta, right?" or "You were the youngest of five kids weren't you?" She would then remember the student's name and the highlights of his or her time spent at Hawthorne.

In fall 1972, she met her husband, Bill Terrill, who she married on Dec. 28, 1974. Early in her married life, Sandy spent her summers at Big Prairie Ranger Station in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, soaking her feet and reading her book or fishing on the South Fork of the Flathead. Bill and Sandy were blessed with two children, Tyler and Stacey, who were the joys of her life. She enjoyed many family vacations to Disney World, Alaska and Hawaii. Weekends were spent at her cabin on Seeley Lake.

After retirement, she enjoyed yard work, traveling and shopping. The stores from Bozeman to Spokane and eBay will surely feel a pinch with her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law, Rick Terrill. She is survived by her husband Bill; son Tyler, daughter-in-law Rachael, grandson Christian of Missoula and daughter Stacey of Ronan, her sister, Meg Ulrich and husband Dan Runckel and nephews Ben and Sam, all of Oregon as well as niece, Amy Snyder, also from Oregon; special kids, Brodie and Melanie Bergeson and their sons, Olen and Bowen, of Belgrade and Dave and Mandi Wright and their kids, Cody and Austen, of Forest Grove, Ore., and her very special friends Mary Holmquist and Pam Dix.

We are saddened by the passing of our wife and mom - she had a lot of life left to live and a lot of life left to give to all those who knew her.

A celebration of her life will take place at Seeley Lake in summer 2012. The announcement, including all the details, will appear in early July.

The family has established a memorial collection of books in Sandy's name at the Hawthorne School Library. Donations can be sent to Hawthorne School, 2835 S. Third St. W. Missoula, MT 59804. Please note Sandy's name in the memo.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at terrill@montana.com.

Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/local/obituaries/sandy-terrill/article_13286462-1c4f-11e1-974d-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1fPbYvd9r

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