Sally Catherine Sandoe
Sandoe, Sally Catherine (Boulder, CO) exited stage left on January 18 at age 82. She was born in New York City to Clifford and Susan (Fisher) Menz, professional singers who inspired her lifelong love of music and the arts. After graduating from high school in Council Bluffs, IA, Sally attended Carleton College, where she majored in English, fostering her love of language. There she met William B. Otteson, with whom she had three children. They made their home in Owatonna, MN. In 1976 Sally began a new journey in the Twin Cities where, as Sally Anderson, she co-founded, with Lou Brum Burdick, the pioneering women-owned PR firm, Brum & Anderson. "B&A" grew to become a core part of what is now the global communications firm Padilla. In the 1980s Sally moved to Colorado where she partnered with Suzy Blackhurst in another women-owned venture, Market Reach Communications. She also performed in many community and professional theater productions in Estes Park and Boulder. There, she met her third-act leading man, Boulder native Samuel C. Sandoe, while performing the musical "Noel & Gertie," the first of many performances together. They married in 2001. Sally dearly loved her family, including her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, "to the moon and back." She is survived by her husband Sam; children Jean (Dennis) Bowman of Fergus Falls, MN, Nancy (Bill) Buller of Eden Prairie, MN, and Bill (Liz) Otteson of Edina, MN; also grandchildren Sarah, Sam, Christopher, Thomas, Sylvia, Harry, Ethan (Sarah), Elliot, Ashley (Nich), and great-grandchildren, Emmie and Rowan; her sister Lucy Lee of Panama City, FL; sisters-in-law Anne and Jill; and many extended family and friends. A celebration of Sally's life is being planned for later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Meals on Wheels of Boulder or the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company.
Published on January 24, 2021
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