Sandra (Sandy) Lee Denley, 69, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away May 29, 2014, in Grandview, Idaho, with her husband and her children by her side. Sandy was born on Nov. 15, 1944, in Chicago, Ill., the only child of Leo and Frances Kratky.
During her childhood in the inner city of Chicago, she excelled in volleyball, track and swimming. Sandy and her best friend were fortunate enough to compete in the Junior Olympics at the age of 16 for volleyball. She lived in Chicago until 1970 when she then moved to Oregon for a better life for her children. While her children were growing up, she was instrumental in the formation of a very successful volleyball program at Glide High School and coached for many years.
On Jan. 13, 1991, she married Tracy Denley in Las Vegas, Nev. They have lived in Grandview for 23 years where she is loved by many. Sandy loved the outdoors, animals, arts, crafts and gardening. She could make something out of nothing and also make anything grow. She especially loved traveling to her second home in Riggins, where she instantly became friends with many of the people who lived there.
She had several jobs throughout her life, including waitressing and as a cook/baker for the Grandview School District. She loved helping people and was very kind and generous with her time. She was always taking on projects and nothing was too big for her to handle. Her family and friends will surely miss her smile, laugh, and her never ending positive attitude.
Sandy is survived by her husband, Tracy of Grandview, Idaho; daughter, Stacey Davis (Ullsmith) and Tim Davis of Redmond, Ore.; sons, Marty Ullsmith and Andrea of Manilla, Calif., and Rich Ullsmith and Kelsey of Bellingham, Wash.; three step children, Kim Brown (Denley) and Aaron, and Drue Denley of Modesto, Calif., and Shane Denley of Pocatello; along with her 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Mountain Home Humane Society, P.O. Box 10, Mtn. Home, ID 83647.
Services were held at on Tuesday, June 3, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, 500 North 18th East, in Mountain Home. On Thursday, June 5, there will be a service in Riggins at 11 a.m. at the Salmon River Community Church, located at 1102 So. Main Street and inurnment will follow at the Riggins Cemetery.
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