Sandra Rae Danyow1

F, #44971, b. Jun 16, 1950, d. Jun 1, 2020
Father*Raymond Joseph Danyow1 b. Mar 26, 1915, d. Jun 8, 2001
Mother*Margaret Ann Tatro1 b. Apr 2, 1930, d. Oct 26, 2013

Chronological Events

Birth*Jun 16, 1950 Sandra Rae Danyow was born on Jun 16, 1950 at Franklin, Franklin County, Vermont, United States.1 
 She was the daughter of Raymond Joseph Danyow and Margaret Ann Tatro.1 
Death*Jun 1, 2020 Sandra Rae Danyow died on Jun 1, 2020, at age 69 at North Country Hospital, Newport, Orleans County, Vermont, United States.1 
ObituaryJun 18, 2020  OBITUARY: 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 30’s 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 Sandra’s wishes, there will be no public services.

For those who wish, contributions in Sandra’s 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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Published online at - 18 June 2020.1


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