Sandra W. West passed away on November 27, 2021. Sandra was born to parents George and Grace Wright in Greenock, Scotland on February 9, 1942. In February 1961, Sandra, along with her lifelong friend Sylvia, left Scotland on sponsored work visas as nannies to two American families in New Jersey, in the greater New York City Metropolitan area. A year later, Sandra obtained her "green card" to work anywhere in the United States. Her career spanned many years in the advertising departments of Redbook and McCall's Magazines. She lived in Queens and later, on Long Island, New York where she commuted to her office in Manhattan. She met Hal West on Long Island in 1989. In 1995, Hal convinced her to move to Colorado along with her beloved Norwich Terriers. Sandra proudly was naturalized as a citizen of the United States in January 1997, while continuing to cherish her Clan MacIntyre Scottish roots. Hal and Sandra were married in 2002, lived in Fort Collins, and traveled extensively so that Sandra could say she had visited all of the contiguous States in her adopted country. Sandra may be remembered as a friendly pharmacy clerk at the old Longs Drug Store on Lemay Avenue in Fort Collins. Sandra and Hal moved to Canon City, Colorado in 2016 where she lived until the time of her death. Sandra is survived by her husband, Hal (Harold E.) West; sister, Beryl (John) Morrison; brother, Ritchie (Isobel) Wright; and niece, Fiona Morrison all of Scotland; nephew, Ian (Rachel) Morrison of Florida; her friend, Sylvia Parchinski with whom she began her American adventure; friend and surrogate American mother, Jule Gellner of New Jersey. Sandra is also survived by members of her West family, Hal's children, Tom (Anna) West of Fort Collins, and Amy (Bob) Allenspark of Colorado; brother-in-law, Tom "Smokey" (Doris) West of Arizona; as well as numerous extended West family nieces, nephews and their families across America. They truly accepted and loved Sandra and will always remember her cheery personality and charming Scottish accent. At Sandra's request, cremation has taken place and there will not be a funeral. Memorial donations can be made in her name to your local animal shelters.
Published by The Canon City Daily Record on Dec. 1, 2021.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
As one of Sandra's nieces, I will miss her for many reasons. But three that come to mind right now, are
her cheerful emails that she sent to me often.
I loved hearing about the trips she took with Uncle Butch, many just day car rides through the mountains.
Also, as the Christmas holiday approaches, I realize I won't be receiving one of her special homemade cards ever again.
She was so much fun to be around, and my next glass of wine I will remember how she enjoyed a glass too!