My Godmother, Sandy Knudsen, has always been a heroine of mine. Sandy taught all of us the meaning of love, generosity, and hope. She dedicated many years to teaching at Kuemper Catholic Schools in Carroll. Sandy was actively involved in the Relay for Life as Survivor Chairperson. I was fortunate to be with Sandy at her final Relay for Life. Sandy participated in a wheel chair but was beaming with joy for the gift of another day. Sandy loved to laugh and have fun and especially loved Iowa State. Sandy's "beautiful life" ended after a courageous battle with cancer on August 21, 2005. She is loved and greatly missed by her family and friends.
This poem is a testament of Sandy's life and legacy she left behind...
We remember Sandy... and all that made her who she was, all that delighted her, that made her laugh or moved her to tears, calling to mind her story and the many lives she touched along the way.
We honor Sandy... her outlook, her inner strength and the things that she believed in, recognizing her goodness, her uniqueness, her own special gifts shared generously with the rest of the world.
We celebrate Sandy... and her connections with family and friends and all who loved her, feeling enriched for having known her, and so grateful for our time with her, for the way she affected us, inspired us, and affirmed for us that this is how a beautiful life should be lived.