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1950 Sandra 2020

Sandra R. Danyow-Banks

June 16, 1950 — June 1, 2020

SHELDON / MONTGOMERY - Sandra R. Danyow-Banks, age 69, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the North Country Hospital in Newport.

She was born on June 16, 1950 in St. Albans to the late Raymond Danyow & Margaret (Tatro) Hendrix.

Sandy, also known as The Bear Lady , always had a sweet, gentle spirit. In her younger years Sandy showed horses, and later attended cosmetology school. Later in life, the draw of living off the land brought Sandy to Black Falls in Montgomery. She moved there when she was in her 30s and the mountain has been her home ever since. A true mountain woman, Sandy loved the wildlife, especially the bears, and the freedom of living off-grid. She also worked at Northeast Kingdom Human Services for several years.

She is survived by her long-time partner, Jeff Messier of Montgomery; her brothers, Robert Danyow and his wife Lorraine of Sheldon, and Danny Danyow of Highgate; a niece, Ellie Danyow; nephews, Jeremy Danyow and his wife Christen and their son Joseph, and Jimmy Danyow and his significant other Amanda Walker; step-father, Bruce Hendrix; half-brother, Stan Hendrix; and special friends, Carol Durfee, Will Moses, and Bob & Denise. Besides her parents, Sandra was predeceased by her nephew, Josh Danyow; sister-in-law, Sally Danyow; and her ex-husband, Frank Bucky Banks.

In keeping with Sandras wishes, there will be no public services.

For those who wish, contributions in Sandras memory may be made to the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 1 National Life Drive, Dewey Building, Montpelier, VT 05620.

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