Born in Selma, Alabama, Sandy led a rich and full life until her passing. She graduated from A. G. Parrish High School and attended The University of Alabama before graduating from UAB with a degree in Physical Therapy. Sandy enjoyed a long and storied career serving the people under her care from Birmingham, Alabama to Saudi Arabia, to the Florida Keys.
She moved to Duck key in 1994 to her career and became an active member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association. Her love of people and service in her field garnered her various awards, including the Fred M. Rutan award for outstanding service, The Legacy Award for leadership in the PT field, and the prestigious Lucy Blair Service Award for exceptional contributions to the physical therapy field, given by the American Physical Therapy Association. Sandy was also member of the Zonta Club of Marathon, Florida for over fifteen years, which she served as leader of the Health Committee.
In true island spirit, Sandy loved the Keys and everything they embodied, becoming an Honorary Conch in 2021. She enjoyed boating, swimming, and just being near the sea. She also enjoyed long, brisk walks, and sports. She loved the Miami Heat and football, participating in a local fantasy league, and watching her beloved University of Alabama team. She was also a dog mom, a lover of people, and champion for anyone who needed her. She loved to travel, attend events and parties, and meet new people.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mary Moon, her sisters, Jan Moon, and Donna (Moon) Neese, and her husband, John Riegor. She is survived by her nieces, Terri Neese Ryland (John), Tracey Neese, Jess George, a nephew, John George, (Ashley) as well as great nephews and nieces. She leaves behind countless people who loved her and will always remember her vivacious sense of humor, her brilliant, courageous spirit, and her big heart, which was always open to new people and new adventures. Sandy enjoyed a life that was well traveled, well loved, well spent, and well lived.
Sandy’s family would like to thank everyone for their kindness, grace, and help during her last days. Though her friends and loved ones are too numerous to list, a special thank you to Jody Owen, Bobbie Hagel, and Diana Walker is in order. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Chapters Hospice.
A celebration of life will be held at Sandy’s residence on October 1st at 2:00 P.M. She requested that attendees wear colors representing the University of Alabama.