DALEVILLE—After a valiant battle with Multiple Sclerosis Sandra Lynne (Alexander) Murray’s spirit left her earthly body behind at Bethel Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center in Muncie, Indiana and charged victoriously into heaven on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. She is now free, as God intended her to be.
A resident of Daleville for many years, Sandy was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 16, 1950, the daughter of Howard and Joan (Bahns) Alexander. She was a 1969 graduate of New Palestine High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1973 and her Master’s Degree in 1977, both from Ball State University.
Sandy began her teaching career at Brandywine Elementary School in New Palestine and for thirty years taught 4th and 5th grades at Burris Laboratory School in Muncie. At Burris she led several elementary student exchange groups to Japan, helped lead many electronic field trip experiences for elementary students and was actively involved in the Burris Elementary camping experience at Camp Crosley.
She was an active member of the Daleville United Methodist Church where she used her teaching skills in youth ministries. She was also involved in many church mission trips—coordinating trips to Red Bird Mission in Eastern Kentucky, Maine, Oklahoma, Illinois and many local work camps.
Sandy enjoyed camping with her family, traveling, IU Basketball and the Cincinnati Reds. She especially loved the annual summer trips to Topsail Island in North Carolina with a beach house full of family and friends. Before the onset of MS, she was an accomplished water skier and softball player.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband of 38 years Gerald (Jerry) Murray (Daleville) ; daughters Abby Slye (Husband Adam), Yorktown and Andrea Watts (Husband Aaron), Pendleton.; and her precious 2 year old granddaughter, Ruby Slye. Also surviving are two sisters: Cheryl Dunlop, Debary, Florida, and Beth Zechiel (Husband Richard), Ostrander, Ohio.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, March 24th at the Daleville United Methodist Church with calling hours from noon until 2 P.M. and a service of remembrance beginning at 2 P.M. with Pastor Glenn Perkins officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.