Sandra Ellen Dort McDonald

She was love.

Sandy passed away on May 22 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease in Folsom, Calif. Born and raised in Ipswich, Mass., the oldest of six children, to Eleanore Dort Gibbs and Garland Dort, Sandy moved to Alameda in 1970 as a Navy wife. She worked in San Francisco for more than 35 years as a controller.

She is predeceased by her parents and four brothers: Bobby, Jimmy, Kenny and Garlie. 

She is survived by her sister Debra Sebastian of Salisbury, Mass., daughters Mimi Marte of Vancouver, Wash., and Marcie Lintner of Elk Grove, Calif; five grandchildren: David, Tiffany, Anthony, Daniel and Briana; two great-grandchildren, Christiano and Bryson; and many nieces and nephews.

She loved her family and always hosted amazing holiday parties, Christmas being her favorite, and she always had a beautiful tree. She enjoyed bingo, ice skating (she wanted to be a professional ice skater as a girl), knitting, shopping, entertaining and doing crossword puzzles in ink. Longtime residents of Alameda will remember her smile, warmth and kindness; her zest for life and her humanity.

A private memorial will be held Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at Washington Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name should be made to a favorite Alzheimer’s research foundation.

“Happy am I; from all cares free.”