Sandra Sagear did.
Sandra Sagear certainly knew what it meant to struggle and overcome obstacles; but Sandy’s family and friends remember her attitude, not her struggles. Sandy said, “Can’t never did anything. Can did it all.” She believed it and she lived it.
Sandy was born on March 22, 1950. She contracted polio at the age of seventeen months. Polio created limitations for her body, but Sandy’s spirit and character created a hopeful and courageous life. It’s hard to imagine the strength and tenacity required of a young girl who faced so many operations and extended hospital stays. It’s not hard to imagine that Sandy must have felt frustrated or lonely at times; but she chose not to let people see that. She didn’t ask for help when others thought she should; instead she chose to help others. She chose to push ahead, even when others wanted her to rest.
At the age of four, she was a March of Dimes Poster Girl. At 16, she was spokesperson for Plymouth Community Fund, (now known as United Way). She loved music; and like most teenagers, she loved the Beatles. While most teenagers watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Sandy was on Olympia’s stage with the Beatles… in a full body cast, no less.
Sandy’s early education was completed at home with special tutoring. In 1965, she was able to attend East Middle School in Plymouth. In 1966 she went on to attend Plymouth High School, now Central Middle School. Once again, she displayed a creative tenacity in how she navigated a building without an elevator and a bus without a lift, wearing braces, using crutches, and carrying all her belongings.
Sandy graduated in 1969. After graduation, she worked as an office manager and became a computer whiz. She was known as an excellent student, valued employee, and a great friend.
More importantly, she was a loving and much-loved daughter, sister, and aunt. Sandy passed away on April 2, 1992, due to complications of pneumonia. She was 42 years old.
The Sandra Sagear Memorial Wall commemorates the perseverance and courage Sandy demonstrated throughout her life. It is dedicated to all of the students in our community that have shown the same kind of strength when faced with adversity.