Sandra Jolly

Obituary of Sandra Louise Jolly

On Friday of June 3rd, Sandra Louise Jolly of Manteo, NC went to be with her Lord and Savior. Sandy was born in Mason Co. West Virginia on February 15, 1957 and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She was a member of East Minster Presbyterian Church of Chesapeake, VA. After finishing high school, Sandy attended Ontario Bible College in Toronto Canada, where she received her B.A. in Religious Education. From college, Sandy worked with the Union Mission Ministries of Norfolk, VA from 1980-1994. It was at the ministries children’s home of Hope Haven where she found herself caring for children and the elderly. In the summer of 1994, Sandy and her family relocated to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where they would reside for the next twenty years. Sandy spent these years working with the children of Dare County and their families. She worked as a mentor for children and youth, providing guidance and support in the areas of life skills, stress management and social skills training. Later in her career, Sandy worked for Life Inc. where she supervised the Dare and Currituck Group Homes for Disabled Adults. Sandy cherished every child who came across her path and loved them as her own. She possessed an enormous compassion for children, the elderly, and those who lived with disabilities. Sandy was beloved by her co-workers, teachers of Dare County, and the students. Even more so, her family and friends will remember her for her beautiful personality, witty sense of humor, hard working persona, loving spirit, and unyielding determination to help better the lives of those around her. But most importantly, her absolute devotion to her family, as a wife, mother and the love for her Savior, Jesus Christ. Sandy is preceded in death by her husband Ronald D. Jolly of Manteo, NC; father Robert E. Williams Sr. of Palm Bay, FL; father-in-law Roy J. Jolly of Raleigh, NC; and brother-in-law Gary L. Jolly of Alfred, ME. Sandy leaves behind numerous beloved family and friends of whom include: a daughter, Grace N. Jolly of Virginia Beach, VA who was the joy of her mother’s life and the sunshine in her soul; beloved mother Betty N. Williams of Palm Bay, FL; mother-in-law Juanita M. Jolly of Raleigh, NC, brother and sister-in-law, Bob & Emilie Williams of Palm Bay, FL; sister-in-law Linda Jolly of Alfred, ME; a cousin, Judi Morgan of Chesapeake, VA; one niece, Jennifer Hill of Arundel, ME; and several nephews and great-nephews. In addition to her family, Sandy is survived by several of her most cherished friends; they are: best friends, Steve & Ginny Riley of Virginia Beach, VA,; Mrs. Carol Copeland of Manns Harbor, NC, and The Roberts Family of Manteo, NC. Sandy was surrogate mother to Steve & Ginny Riley’s children. They are: Christy L. Billings of Virginia Beach, VA; Peter S. Riley of Portsmouth, VA; and Amy G. Jones of Virginia Beach, VA. One of Sandy’s greatest joys in life was watching Christy, Peter & Amy grow up in the ways of the Lord and being surrounded by them, their parents, and her daughter Grace, for the memorable “Game Nights”. Sandy Jolly lived a life of that a servant to her Lord and emulated His love for all mankind. The last stanzas of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken, reflect Sandy’s journey in life. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Union Mission Ministries of Norfolk, VA at www.unionmissionministries.org or to Dare County Schools concerning the Sandra Jolly Memorial Fund PO Box1508 Nags Head, NC 27959 Walton Funeral Home of Virginia Beach, VA was responsible for the arrangements. 757-427-0988
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