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Sandra Lee Farrell

Sandra Lee Farrell, 75, of Pepperell, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, at Lowell General Hospital, after having fought advanced kidney disease for many years.

The youngest daughter of the late Walter H. Farrell and the late Lillian J. (Lynch) Farrell, she was born June 16, 1945, and raised in the Belvidere section of Lowell and was educated in the Lowell School System. She graduated from Lowell High School Class of ‘62 and then attended Lowell Commercial College.

Sandy worked for more than nineteen years at Vesper Country Club as the Administrative Assistant and in all roles associated with banquet service. She was proud to serve the Vesper community and had many close associations with special members and staff. Later in life she enjoyed visiting the Pepperell Senior Center and will be remembered for her brief but impactful presence as a receptionist serving her peers. She enjoyed every day there, meeting new seniors, and working with the caring staff.

As a member of the American Legion Post 247 Ladies Auxiliary in Tyngsboro, Sandy chaired the local effort of the Support the Troops Campaign during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Soliciting donations, organizing, collecting, and shipping care packages to soldiers gave her great pleasure, and she appreciated receiving a card or message from the thankful soldiers.

Sandy enjoyed traveling and made the trip of her lifetime with her brother Neil and his wife Marjorie to their ancestral home in Ireland. She enjoyed day trips to the beach especially to Hampton (NH) and York Beach (ME) as well as Newburyport (MA), Portland (ME), and Newport (RI), ending the visit watching the sunset overlooking the ocean at a restaurant enjoying a fresh fish dinner (jumping off the stove). Prior to her illnesses, Sandy loved coffee brandy sombreros and Winston cigarettes.

Most important to Auntie Sandy was enjoying time with her family, especially her many nieces and nephews. Whether visiting in person, or on a long-distance phone call, sharing some laughs and news of the day made her life happy. Auntie Sandy could affectionately be called a “Bonus Grandmother” to Olivia and Vaughn Sasek. She is survived by Pam Farrell, Brenda and Caitlin Rein, and Christopher Farrell of Florida, Brenda Moyer and Tammy Sweeney of Ohio, Susan and Mark Rowbotham of Tyngsboro (MA), and Robin and Scott Sasek also of Tyngsboro. She is pre-deceased by her three siblings Charles Neil Farrell of Jacksonville, FL, Barbara A. Slosser of Salem, OH, and Gail P. Salwa of Chelmsford, MA.

You are invited to her visitation on Wednesday, June 9 from 3 until 7 pm. at the MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 187 Nesmith Street, Lowell, MA, 978-452-6361. On Thursday, June 10, her funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 12 p.m. Internment at St. Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Sandy would like you to make a donation in her name to Make a Wish Foundation America, Gift Processing, 1702 East Highland Ave, Suite 400, Phoenix AZ 85016.


  • Robin Sasek Posted June 8, 2021 2:45 am

    One important item I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know, I am very proud of my Auntie for working hard her entire life, and in 1990 she was able to buy her own home. She built her life there, entertaining friends and family and finding refuge and peace for herself. I really miss her and have great confidence that St. Peter opened the pearly gates to her. She was a child of God.

  • Donald Smith Posted June 8, 2021 8:22 pm

    Robin and Susan: my deepest sympathy, love and prayers in the loss of your beloved aunt. Thank you for being so kind and caring. She loved you and always will. Cousin Sandra: I have loved you and always will. May you rest in peace, all your pain and suffering have past. You are now reunited with all your family. Heaven is now your home. Someday I hope to see you there. Miss you!

    • Susan Rowbotham Posted June 16, 2021 1:42 pm

      Thank you Donald! I so enjoyed speaking with you on the phone last week. Robin & I look forward to meeting you very soon. Susan

  • Diane Wilson Posted June 8, 2021 8:38 pm

    Dear Sue and Robin and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your aunt’s passing. I know how much she meant to you all. I had the pleasure of getting to know Sandy and she was such a delight. You didn’t have to know her long before you would consider her a friend. I think she certainly touched the hearts of all who knew her. And through that, her loving memory will live on.

    My sincere condolences.

    Love, Diane Wilson

    • Susan Rowbotham Posted June 16, 2021 1:43 pm

      Thank you for that lovely comment my friend!

  • Janet Schulz Posted June 9, 2021 12:03 pm

    I will miss our Yahtze games! Sandy has persevered these past few years through many challenges. I am glad she is at peace now. Robin and Susan you helped her so much . May you all enjoy memories of happy times.

    • Susan Rowbotham Posted June 16, 2021 1:46 pm

      Thank you Janet. You were a huge part of her life and we appreciate all you did for her. She loved you so much and missed you everyday once she left her home. Susan

  • Pam Farrell Posted June 10, 2021 12:24 pm

    I will miss Aunt Sandra. For several years she came to Florida in March to celebrate Dad’s (her only brother) birthday and enjoy visiting her favorite tourist spots, especially St. Augustine. She missed Dad terribly after he passed away and health issues prevented her visits in recent years. Still, she would tuck some money in my birthday card each year and say it was for a drink at the Tini Martini in St. Augustine and to have one for her. Wish she could have made it back one more time. I take comfort in knowing she is reunited with Dad and all those that she treasured who passed before her.

    • Susan Rowbotham Posted June 16, 2021 1:50 pm

      She loved you Pam, as she loved all her nieces & nephews. She was a great Aunt! We will miss her & her ‘unique’ ways. I’m glad her & your Dad are together again. Susan

  • Tara OHayre Posted June 11, 2021 12:25 pm

    Generous, caring, and funny, these are the words I am using to describe Aunt Sandra. I was honored to be a part of her family. I will

  • Tara Santarlasci-O’Hayre Posted June 11, 2021 12:32 pm

    I am proud to say I knew you Sandra. Thank you for treating us like family. I will always hold a place for you at my Christmas dinner table. Please tell everyone up there how much we love and miss them. I am happy that you are at peace. Please send Robin and Sue strength and peace right now. I know they miss you very much.

    Love always,

    Tara, Scott, Abigail, and Amelia xoxoxoxo

    • Susan Rowbotham Posted June 16, 2021 1:53 pm

      Thank you Tara. Robin & I appreciate how you (& Lisa) always included her at the holidays. Sue

  • Tara O’Hayre Posted June 11, 2021 5:21 pm

    Dear Sandra,

    Thank you for making me and my daughters part of your family. I will always hold a seat for you at my house for Christmas dinner.
    Give our love to our friends and family, who I’m sure welcomed you home. I am glad you are finally at peace.


    Tara, Scott, Abigail, and Amelia

  • Brenda Rein Posted June 12, 2021 11:41 am

    My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to my cousins, Susan and Robin along with their families. I will always have a special place in my heart for Aunt Sandra. Words have been difficult for me and are inadequate. May she Rest In Peace and God bless her especially..

    • Susan Rowbotham Posted June 16, 2021 1:56 pm

      Thank you Brenda. She loved you & appreciated you for your similar sense of humor! She is definitely missed but has no more pain or sadness. She is happily back with all of her family now. Susan

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