Sandra ‘Sandy’ M. Busby

By on March 6, 2014

Sandra “Sandy” M. Busby, nee Johnson, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of her family in the early morning hours of Monday, March 3, 2014.

She was born Nov. 19, 1942, in Sycamore, the daughter of Martin and Metta (Larsen) Johnson.

Sandy attended Maple Park Grade School and graduated from Kaneland High School.

She was united in marriage to Jerry N. Busby, on June 5, 1960. Together they filled 53 years with as much love and memories as anyone possibly could. She was a loving wife, mother, and later the best grandmother to seven grandchildren.

She loved baking cookies, making crafts, and celebrated the holidays like no other. Outside of the home, she dedicated time to Relay for Life, Coaches vs. Cancer and Daffodil Days for the American Cancer Society. She loved basketball and attended most DeKalb High School boys and girls games, along with the NIU guys and gals games. She cheered loud and often, but never was there a better “cheerleader” than when her husband Jerry played “town team ball,” law enforcement ball, and later on the 65-year-and-older team. Sandy had a heart with room enough for everyone and was a great caregiver for her grandmother, mother, husband, grandson, uncles, aunts and many friends.

Sandy worked at the DeKalb School District as a teacher’s aide after her children started school. She also was a drive-up supervisor at First National Bank in DeKalb. Sandy worked at Creative Calligraphy before retiring in 2001.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of DeKalb.

Sandy and her husband, and grandson’s Jimmer and Michael, started Fort Willow Creek in Paw Paw, Ill., which became a playground that gave them thousands of memories and many happy happy years.

She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Jerry; her son, Fred; daughter, Yvonne; dear friend Kelli Liebl and her son, Brice of DeKalb; six grandchildren, Michael, John, Brice, Jennifer, Emily and Amy.

She is also survived by two sisters, Jane and Barbara, both of Maple Park; one aunt, Madonna Larsen Wise of Colorado; a niece; several nephews and cousins; as well as a countryside of friends who will never forget her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Metta; grandparents; one grandson, James Edward “Jimmer” Busby; a niece; great-niece; nephew; and several aunts and uncles.

Following cremation, the family will host a memorial service at a later date.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit both the American Cancer Society and DeKalb County Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Sandra Busby Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at