August 13, 1947 - September 1, 2011
Sandra Aileen Dillon, 64, passed away suddenly on September 1, 2011, at her home in Palmer, Alaska. She was born to Charles and Aileen Taylor on August 13, 1947, in Davenport, Wash. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1965, and attended Eastern Washington University, where she obtained certification as a para-legal and worked in the field until moving to Alaska.
Sandra moved to Palmer, Alaska, in 1988, to join the love of her life, Michael Dillon. They married on December 28, 1990. In that year Sandra began working for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, starting in the Borough Attorney's Office. In 1995, she was appointed as the Borough Clerk. She was dedicated to serving the Mat-Su Borough, and served on many committees for the Alaska Municipal League. She was especially involved with the Local Government and Education Committee. Even after her retirement, she continued to provide seminars on effective meetings and parliamentary procedures.
In recent years, Sandy and Mike spent several months each year in their home in Phoenix, Ore., and befriended may Rogue Valley residents from Ashland to Medford, Ore. At home in Alaska, Sandy and Mike enjoyed salmon fishing trips with their friends.
Sandra was a true artisan and she had a passion for weaving, sewing, quilting and gardening. She was a very modest person, but was an absolute perfectionist in all aspects of her life. She won many awards for her creations in weaving and quilting. But her greatest joy was spending time with friends and family. She was an incredible mother and grandmother and cherished the time spent visiting her grandson, Caden. She was especially excited about the upcoming birth of twin grand babies at the end of September.
Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Michael Dillon; daughter, Ronna (Clancy) Statz; son-in-law, Michael Statz, of Livermore, Calif.; grandchildren, Caden Emry, and two twin boys due at the end of September; her mother, Aileen Taylor, of Chewelah, Wash.; brothers, Bruce Taylor, of Albion, Wash., and Scott (Diane) Taylor, of East Wenatchee, Wash.
A public viewing and service was held on Friday, September 9, 2011, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Palmer, Alaska.