Sandi Carter, a part-time resident of Vail for many years, passed away peacefully at her home in California on Jan. 25, 2014 following a recurrence of breast cancer. She was 69 years old.
Sandi was born on Oct. 24, 1944, in Los Angeles to Darrell and Doris Bogardus. She grew up in Los Angeles, graduating from the Immaculate Heart High School and enrolling at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was active in the Delta Gamma sorority.
She graduated from UCSB and moved to San Francisco to pursue a career as a teacher. In San Francisco, she met David Carter, to whom she was married from 1969 to 1984 and with whom she had four children: Mike Carter (Kelly Carter), Laguna Beach, Calif.; Kendra LaSalle (Michael LaSalle), Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Chris Carter, Echo Park, Calif.; and Lindsey Holtaway (Spencer Holtaway), San Francisco.
She earned a master’s in education from the University of California, Los Angeles before moving to Oahu, Hawaii, and then to Laguna Beach.
In her later years, she divided her time between Laguna Beach and the Rocky Mountains of Vail.
A true athlete and competitor, Sandi loved being active in the great outdoors. Whether playing tennis, skiing, swimming, biking, hiking, backpacking, tap dancing, meditating or running, Sandi always pushed herself to the limit. Sandi’s tennis accomplishments were numerous. She was a member of both the Vail Senior Team and the Vail Super Senior Team. In 2013 she played women’s doubles in the State Senior Olympics in Greeley and won the gold medal. She continued on to compete in women’s doubles at the Nationals at Stanford, Calif., earning a bronze medal.
In 1991 Sandi was first diagnosed with breast cancer, which would eventually lead to a passion for raising breast cancer awareness. She was a dedicated participant in Pink Vail, organizing a team of more than 20 Vail Club 50 participants and raising more than $3,000 in 2013 to fund breast cancer prevention, education, research and treatment.
Sandi touched many lives with her vibrant energy and positive attitude. She will remain a cherished daughter, sister, mom, friend, moonga (grandma), teacher, hero and ski buddy. She loved adventure, new experiences, travel and good company. She lived by the motto, “Just do it.”
Sandi always said that her proudest accomplishments were her four children. She is survived by her parents; her sister Sue Barkley, of Bailey; her four children; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service for Sandi will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road, with a casual reception immediately following. For those who plan to ski that day in her honor, please feel free to wear ski clothes. All are welcome to celebrate her life.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Sandi’s memory to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. For information on donating, visit www.shawcancer center.com.