• 79 years old
  • Born on September 17, 1937 .
  • Passed away on May 15, 2017 .

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mother, Sandra Cole, 79, born on September 17, 1937 and passed away on May 15, 2017.


Please join family and friends to celebrate Sandra Cole's life and spirit, and to share fond memories over a light brunch and mimosas (dahling!).

Sunday, July 23, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm
Ann Arbor City Club
1830 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

We are looking forward to hearing from friends old and new. It's Art Fair Weekend; casual attire is welcomed! We would be honored and delighted with your attendance.

* Kindly RSVP online or call Leanne Jeffers at 303-229-3507.

If you'd like to speak at the memorial service, please contact Eric Cole at ericcole@comcast.net.

If you have any photos that you'd like to include in the tribute, please send them to Laura Spicer at lauragcspicer@gmail.com by July 15th.

For questions, please contact Leanne Jeffers at leanne@jeffers.cc or 303-229-3507.

Please direct any cards or letters to Jennifer Cole, 1720 Maple Ave., Apt. 2610, Evanston, IL 60201.


In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sandra can be made to the following organizations. Sandra was a proud supporter of all three.

The Michigan Theater
You may make your donation online, by mail, or over the phone (see below*)

- The Jim Toy Center
  Please note: After donating online, please call the Center at 734-995-9867 to let them know that your donation is in memory of Sandra.

WPATH - World Professional Association for Transgender Health

With love and gratitude,

Sandra's Children:
Eric, Jen, Laura, Adam & Leanne

*Additional details about giving to The Michigan Theater:

You may make your donation online, by mail, or over the phone:

Online: Got to website and 
enter the amount you'd like to give in the “other” box, and follow the instructions to complete the donation online.. You will then need to send an email afterwards to aduncan@michtheater.org to let the theater know that your donation is intended as a gift in your Sandra's memory.

By Mail: You may send a check noting that it is in memory of Sandra Cole to:

Amber Duncan
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI  48104 

By Phone: You can also contact Amber at (734) 668-8397 ext. 28 or aduncan@michtheater.org.


Posted by Julie Herrada on April 4, 2018
I only recently found out of the passing of Sandra. I was very sorry to hear it. She was too young to leave us. Young at heart and young in age. She was very instrumental in helping us to acquire the very important archive of NTLA for the University of Michigan Library. I will always be grateful to her for tact and for her commitment to scholarship and preservation of the historical record.
Posted by Leanne Jeffers on October 3, 2017
Our family created a photo montage for our mom's memorial this past summer. This is now available for viewing online at https://youtu.be/7WGvWnJvTaQ. We hope you enjoy this wonderful reflection of our mom and her life with her friends, colleagues, and family.
Posted by John Schatzlein on July 15, 2017
Your mom was always so encouraging and accepting of me as I grew and began my journey as a young person with a SCI. Being at your homes in St.Paul, Stillwater, Ann Arbor and the cabin on the St Croix were always exciting and pleasant experiences.
Watching you guys grow and learning from Sandra and Ted that I could do anything I chose to do was so supportive. Certainly her food and hospitality was wonderful. Being a colleague at PHS was a learning experience and I learned much watching Sandra leading and sharing. I felt her strength and caring throughout times together.
She will be remembered and missed. I think of your dad, mom and you all as a positive in my life and will into the future. Her essence will stay with me. Love to you all.
Posted by Fred Maynard on July 9, 2017
I want to share with family & friends some of my favorite memories of your remarkable mother:
*how amazed Kathy & I were when we first visited them at their new Harvard St. home in 1977 shortly after they had moved in and we saw the incredible decorative detail and meticulous artistic organization of
personal & household essentials that had already been completed, without an open box or piece of wrapping paper to be seen --- a sharp contrast to the way our homes looked several weeks after a 'moving in'.
*her broad smile and jocular silly laugh at events like the Boxing Day parties when she let her 'professional mask' down.
*her lavish and graceful hosting of large & intimate get-togethers at the Harvard St. house.
*her passionate intensity for propriety & honesty when talking about sexuality & sexual behaviors (still sensitive topics in the 70's & 80's).

We know you all will miss her a lot and that her spirit will live on in all of you. With our deepest sympathy & respect,  Fred & Kathy Maynard
Posted by Laura Spicer on June 22, 2017
What a journey this has been. For as many years as my mom made sure special events were celebrated, she would be proud and thankful that she will be receiving such an honorable celebration of her life. I mean, when you are 17 years of age and know how to fully cater and hold a large celebratory event, you know you are Sandra's child. Dang, it's the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks, Mom! I'm so happy our time together was so rewarding and memorable. I miss you dearly. XO- Laura "Lols"

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