Sandra Elaine “Sandy” Keller, 78, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses.
Sandy was born in Spartanburg, SC on January 28, 1943 to parents, John and Florence Roberts. Her father was a career Army officer, so Sandy travelled extensively in her youth, living in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Austria, Japan, and Alaska prior to graduating from Cathedral Latin Catholic High School in Raleigh, NC in June 1960. She worked as a secretary prior to marrying her high school sweetheart Jim Keller in 1962. They met on the beach in Somers Point, NJ in 1957, and dated for 5 five years before getting married at the Cathedral in Raleigh, during Jim’s sophomore year at NC State University. Upon graduation in 1964, Jim was commissioned in the U.S. Army. He and Sandy spent 25 years of service in the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, so she again travelled and lived all over the U.S. including Hawaii and Alaska. Everywhere Sandy lived she was involved in their children’s school as a substitute teacher, counsellor or volunteer. She loved working with children especially when it involved her own three, or any of her grandchildren. Sandy loved children so much, she would stop to talk to small kids on the street or in stores. She volunteered to read at all of the schools her children attended.
Sandy was an avid reader. She especially liked mysteries and action novels. She read and gave away hundreds of books. Sandy enjoyed swimming and boating, and seeing any of her kids and grand kids’ activities.
Sandy and Jim came to Savannah in 1986, after his retirement from the Coast Guard, and employment at Gulfstream. She did volunteer work at St. Andrews and St. Peter the Apostle School. The children referred to her as “Miss Sandy”. She loved reading to the lower grade children.
Sandy was a communicant at St. Peter the Apostle Church from the time the parish was established. She loved living on Wilmington Island.
Sandy is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Jim; children, Beth Ganley, Michelle Keller and Jimmy Keller (Julie) all of Savannah; seven grandchildren, Alec, Aidan, Christine, Nick, Grace, Delia, and Matthew; three great grandchildren, Madison, Morgan and Skylar; sisters, Kathy Moncrief of Seattle, WA; Karyn Roberts of Casselberry, FL; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Due to Covid-19 recommendations and risks, the family will have a private Mass of Christian Burial with interment at Catholic Cemetery. A memorial celebration of life is planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Sandy to St. Peter the Apostle School, Hospice Savannah, Inc., or the American Cancer Society.
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We are so so sorry for your loss . Sandy was such a wonderful, feisty person . She would always talk to my children when we would see her out . I had forgotten this but she actually taught our Jack how to fist pump in the Walmart on the island . She was always smiling and always full of energy . She will be missed . Y’all are in our prayers during this difficult time . Much love , Rebecca, John , Patrick and Jack salamankas
- Salamankas , Savannah , Georgia
Miss Sandy has had some tough times health wise but she always had a great attitude. What a fighter. We love and will miss Miss Sandy.
- Scooter, Stephanie, Mary Grace & Will Ducey, Savannah, GA
Our deepest sympathy! We keep you all in our prayer and thoughts.
- Zenon & Anneliese Brandenburg, Rincon, GA
Our deep simpaty to our friend Jim. Sandy will always remain in our hearts
- Giorgio and Anna Mariaagliulo, Savannah, Georgia
Jim, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.
- Ron and Velma Walters, Savannah, GA
Sandy was such a great friend both in Savannah and in Woodbridge, VA. Joan and I were so appreciative of Sandys help with our move and Sandys willingness to lend a hand. Her sense of humor was very special. May Gods Peace be upon all her family and friends. Sandy will be missed. George Chappell
- George Chappell, Brooklet, Georgia
Dear Jim, Beth and Family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Sandy. Sandy was such a special friend and generous person. I will always be grateful for her afternoons of reading to the 1st Graders. We all looked forward to Ms. Sandy's visits. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May God lead you through your sorrow and may Sandy rest in God's peace. With love and sympathy, Sister Susan
- Sister Susan Harms, Savannah, GA
Sandy was one of the first contacts my family had when we arrived at this country. She was so warm and welcoming. When our children were born, she was loving and doting with them. She was a beacon of light for so many. She will be sorely missed. All our love. ❤️
- Stefano, Pam, Valerio, and Niccolo’ Magliulo , Savannah , GA
Sandy will Rest In Peace with Jesus in Heaven.
- Howard Hackney, Savannah, GA
Our heart felt condolences for Jim and family. May Sandy be held in the arms of Mary and Jesus. Our prayers go out to her repose soul and family.
- Dewey & Farah Marshall, Jacksonville, FL
Jim, please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
- Billy Cope
- Kathy Moncrief, Kingston, WA
We are sorry for your loss. Sandy was such a special person are glad that we got to know her. We are thinking of you and your family.
- Ronald and Mary Newton, Savannah, GA
Jim and family we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers will be with you and the family during this difficult time.
- Ken and Gert Skoglind, Savannah, Georgia
After traveling the world, Sandy, knew ; that life is what is really important. She knew the sacred lives of the children could become a real blessing to humanity. We learn the love of God. That Almighty God would allow His son to give his perfect life for our sins; makes us want to serve God forever. Now, that Jesus is ruling at the right hand of God in the heavenly Kingdom government, we have the resurrection promise: John 5:28,29 Will be amazing to see Sandy and Jim in paradise. Please enjoy, “Enjoy Life Forever”, JW.org Christian love, Sandy Wirfs
- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe, , Louisiana
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
- A Private Service Will Be Held