Isobel “Sandy” Dunham

Isobel “Sandy” Dunham

August 06, 1921 - September 27, 2014

Isobel “Sandy” Dunham

August 06, 1921 - September 27, 2014


Isobel “Sandy” Dunham, born in Paisley, Scotland August 6, 1920. Came to the United States with her mom and dad when she was about 12 and settled in New Jersey. Sandy had lots of friends growing up which she called “The Gang”. One of “The Gang” was Larry Brooks whom she fell in love with and married. Sandy and Larry had two daughters, Janet and Cheryl, who are 5 years apart.

Larry passed away young and mom raised Cheryl by herself. Janet was already married. Sandy worked for several companies as an executive secretary ending her career working with Westinghouse, Aerospace Division in Red Bank, N.J. Sandy married again to a longtime friend, Lester Dunham, who was part of “The Gang”. Lester had two daughters, Peggy and Sue, who were the same age as Janet and Cheryl who all went to school together. Perfect Match!!

Sandy retired from Westinghouse and moved with Lester to Florida to have fun in the sun. Sandy volunteered at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida for many hears, won an award for the most hours served, and I think she still holds the record. She also volunteered every Saturday or Sunday afternoon at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, where she saw every play and special performance several times over where she could have stepped in as an extra. She had the same door to the theater for so many years she got to know the season ticket holders who held the same seats. Her smile and greetings were a welcome to many theater goers.

Sandy moved from Tampa, Florida to California to be near her two daughters in 2008. She resided with 6 wonderful ladies at Royal Inns. She felt like one of the “The Golden Girls”, which was one of her favorite shows.

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3 responses to Isobel “Sandy” Dunham

  1. Lauren Brown says:

    The biggest impression I have of Nana is that she was such a gracious and loving person, who always spoke well of the people in her life. She loved to be around people, and wanted to make everyone happy. She loved to laugh and tease. What a wonderful lady, I’m so thankful to have her part of my life. I feel blessed that I was able to spend these last years in her company. She will be dearly missed. – Lauren, grand daughter.

  2. Peggy Lovey says:

    I’ll never forget when Sandy and I flew from Florida to California to visit with Jan & Cheryl, around the time of Mothers Day, we had so much fun, and our faces hurt from so much laughter. We took Sandi out for Mothers Day blindfolded, and drove her out to breakfast on the pier. I’ll remember forever the looks from all the other people in their cars, probably thinking we had kidnapped her. She always had a kind word for everyone, especially my Dad. She was as close to being a Saint as I will ever meet. She will be remembered always. Rest in Peace–Love Peggy

  3. My memories of Nana was that she was such a loving, caring and generous person. Seeing the pictures of her with Larry Brooks brought back a flood of memories. While I never got to spend much time with him, as he was very sick at the time, I do remember the love and devotion that Nana had for her dying husband. I remember the posters of rockets and missiles that she brought to me when she was working at Westinghouse. I remember how she lovingly allowed my father and mother to buy the house on Aberdeen Terrace, thus allowing us to be raised in a better neighborhood. The last time I saw Nana she was visiting from Florida and we met by mom’s place for a picnic at the ocean. I loved how she laughed and kept asking my wife to tell once again the size of the octopus that had scared her at the waters edge. Yes I will never forget her, she definitely made a difference in my life. She will be missed . . .

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