THOMPSON, Sandra Lee
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Beloved daughter of the late William E. Fahlquist and Phyllis J. Jollay Fahlquist of Portage, MI formerly of Dayton passed on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Marietta, GA. Born in Dayton, OH on January 19, 1948 she was devoted and caring sister to Karen Rae Fahlquist of Portage, MI and Shelley Lynn Mead, Burr Ridge, IL Cherish cousin to Marcia Spencer, Kevin Donahoe of Miamisburg, OH, Pat Drake, and Pat Jollay of Dayton Ohio, Diane Sweetman of Cincinnati, OH, neice to the late Pat Gensemer, David Gensemer II, United States Army, Cypress TX; Patty Jo Scandino, Ron Gensemer and Matt Gensemer of Houston, TX and brother-in-law to Kevin Mead of Burr Ridge, IL. After graduating from Western Michigan University, School of Education and Business, Sandy got her first position teaching at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI, in the School of Business. In 1973 Sandy and her husband David moved to Woodstock, GA where Sandy would begin her long career of 44 years in the teaching profession. Sandy graduated from Western Michigan University in l970 in Secondary Education and Business Administration, while teaching she went back an got her Masters Degree in Education in 1978 and Specialist Degree in Business Education in l981 from Georgia State University. She became Dean of Education at North Metro Technical Institute, where she co-authored a book by Glencoe, Macmillian/McGraw Hill in l982 entitle, “Systems for Administrative Office Support” in which she quoted, “Education is a life long process whether formal or informal- don’t stop learning.” Sandy taught at Lassiter and Walton High Schools, after retiring from Marietta High School in 2005, Sandy was appointed by Office of Governor as a grant writer for the State of Georgia and Florida and attained monies for the schools she wrote for. Sandy’s love for teaching brought her to Kennesaw State College, Richards Business College, Chattahoochee Technical College and was presently teaching at the University of West Georgia in Carrolton as Director of Business Education. Sandy was Teacher of the Year at University of West Georgia- 2013, Outstanding Educator , Georgia State University/Delta P Elson in 1996; Marietta Kiwanis Distinguish Service Award in 2005 and named

Who is Who among American teacher from 2002-2006.

Sandy was a JOBS Daughter, loved to antique, found time to give to her community by working the l998 Olympics hosted by Atlanta, GA; worked for Habit for Humanity, Local, State and National Republican Party helping implement, facilitate and coordinate campaigns, she was a avid traveler who learned to swim with the dolphins in ocean, go ice fishing or stay up till 3 a.m. to smelt fish, walk the beaver dams an watch black bear play with their cubs on the Bay Mill Indian Reservation in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where she grew appreciating nature and the Indian culture. She often wrote how much she missed the good old days and the beauty of the Upper Peninsula. Her greatest love – Sandy was an animal lover. While growing up an attending Western she was known to take in her room the neighbors dachshund while they were on vacation and feed it cheetos. Sandy went on to love cherish Noah and her rescued dachshund, Shorty, who she found abandon in her yard who had been abused. Sandy loved the Atlanta Brave’s, Falcon’s grew up watching the Detroit Red Wings. Sandy was involved in the Wounded Warriors Project to honor her father and mentored Native American Indian children on the Cherokee St. Labre Reservation, North Dakota to honor her mother. Sandy was a great daughter, sister, friend and humanitarian to all that knew and loved her. Sandy really loved people. Sandy wished to be cremated. A small religious public ceremony will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta with Rev. Glenn Ray of the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asked to give to the Cobb County Humane Society or the Marietta Education Estate. 770-428-1511.

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