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Sandra Louise DeMattia

March 7, 1948 ~ September 16, 2022 (age 74)
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Sandra Louise (Doty) DeMattia of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, died peacefully at her home on Sept. 16, 2022, with family in attendance. She was born on March 7, 1948, in Springfield, MA, the third child and beloved daughter of the late Vernon G. and Louise (May) Doty. Throughout her life, those who knew Sandra was drawn to her lightning-quick intelligence, beautiful smile, and trademark sense of humor, which she displayed to the very end.

Sandra spent her youth in West Springfield, MA, at the family flower farm, and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia; her teenage and college years were spent in Wisconsin. Sandra's resume reflects her varied interests; she worked at the Mass Mutual Insurance Company, at Mount Snow Ski Resort, and at many dining establishments in the Deerfield Valley and beyond. In South Carolina, she shuttled rental cars across the state and cooked at the VFW No matter where she was, Sandra made friends at every stop and developed deep connections with coworkers, neighbors, and family members that lasted until the very end of her life. This space is too small to contain all of their names!

In 1987, Sandra married the late Andrew DeMattia, the love of her life. They were longtime residents of Wilmington, Vermont until their move to South Carolina in 1997. In their retirement, Andy and Sandra forged new bonds at the VFW Post 10420 and American Legion Post 178 in Murrells Inlet.

Sandra was an animal lover, and over the years, she welcomed many furry friends into her life. These treasured companions traveled with Sandra on her yearly pilgrimages back to the family camp on Lake Damon in Chesterfield, MA, and brought her much amusement and joy. Sandra enjoyed crafts, sewing, cooking, reading, and writing of all types, including poetry and memoir. An avid gardener with an infallible green thumb, she could bring almost any dying plant back to life, and none of her homes was complete until she had added a greenhouse.

Sandra leaves to cherish her memory her brother, John (Linda) Doty of Jacksonville, Vermont, her nieces Rachel (Craig Miskovich) Doty, Jessica (Edward Smith) Doty, Alexa (Josh Cutler) Doty, and six great-grand-nieces and nephews. She also leaves many beloved cousins, especially Dean (Debbie) Cleveland, Arthur (Joyce) Doty, and Alan (Chantal) Doty, as well as a host of dear friends. In addition to her husband and

parents, Sandra was preceded in death by her brother, William Doty, and her stepson, William DeMattia.

Sandra's family is particularly appreciative to her neighbors Linda, Mary Lou, and Joye, as well as Ashley and Wilhelminia of Agape Care Hospice who provided compassionate assistance during her illness. In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to make a donation to Agape Care Hospice 3009-B Church Street, Myrtle Beach SC 29577 in Sandra's name.

In accordance with Sandra's wishes, there will be no formal services. Lewis Crematory and Funeral Services of Myrtle Beach SC is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mrs.DeMattia is entrusted to the care of Kelvin F. Lewis, Funeral Director, and Lewis Crematory & Funeral Services of Myrtle Beach, SC. 843-294-0011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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