XENIA — Sandra E. Riordan age 73, of Xenia. Sandy Riordan passed away on Easter Sunday morning, April 16, 2017 at her home in Xenia Township, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 17, 1943 in Salida, Colorado to the late Lorance and Eleanor (Burns) Neifert. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Robert V. Riordan, whom she met in graduate school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, children Wendy L. Bishop, Kimberly D. Wymer (Duncan), and Corey J. Riordan (Rachel), seven grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather James Saxon, and her brother, Lorance W. Neifert. She is also survived by her brother Ronald Saxon (Lori) of San Jose, CA, and sisters Terri Vore (Jeff) of Nashville, TN and Joni Saxon (Kevin Lee) of San Jose, CA. Sandy earned a B.A. in anthropology from San Jose State University, an M.A. in anthropology from San Francisco State University, and began work toward a doctorate in anthropology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She later earned an M.A. in education from Wright State University. She taught elementary school for her entire 25-year career at Spring Hill Elementary School in Xenia, teaching third and fourth grades, and finally becoming the science teacher for all third through fifth graders. She retired in 2011. Her other passion was working with her beloved Border collies, training and competing with them in sheepherding trials around the Midwest. She also practiced yoga, and after her retirement from teaching served as administrative aide at the Yoga Springs studio and later, the Kula Cooperative, both in Yellow Springs. She lived a life that was one filled with caring for others, and of grace and harmony. A Service to Celebrate Sandy's Life will be held 3 PM Sunday April 23rd at McColaugh Funeral Home, 826 N. Detroit St., Xenia with Dr. Jeffrey Vore officiating. A Gathering of Friends and Family will be held from 1-3 PM Sunday at the funeral Home. If desired, contributions in Sandy's memory can be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mccolaughfuneralhome.com .
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