She was born on Aug. 13, 1938, in Kimberly. She was the daughter of the late Curtis and Pearl Nicholas. On Nov. 11, 1962, she married James M. Taylor, who passed away in 2004.
Sandy is survived by her daughters, Stephanie Dixon, Janice Page and Joy Lunardini; and son, James M. Taylor, Jr. She is also survived by her siblings, John Nicholas, Lillian Strode and Danny Nicholas; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence Terrrell Nicholas, Hugh Ronald Nicholas and Charles Raymond Nicholas; and sister, Janice Nicholas Franks (“Honey”).
Sandy was a 1956 graduate of Carbon Hill High School. As a lifelong learner, she earned three degrees. Her first degree was in Nursing from Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in 1970. She then attended the University of Alabama in Birmingham’s Physician Assistant Program in 1974, and subsequently obtained her degree in Primary Care Medicine in 1981.
Sandy practiced as a nurse and physician assistant for 40 years. She retired from the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Birmingham in 1997 and Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Ga. in 2005. She served in the Air Force and Air National Guard where she received many commendations.
Sandy retired to Vernon Woods Retirement Community where she especially enjoyed caring for her Shih Tzu, Riley. She also enjoyed music, dancing, yoga and tai chi.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Vernon Woods Retirement Community in LaGrange, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Hospice LaGrange, 1510 Vernon Road, LaGrange, GA 30240.
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