Sandra Gay Tappan

Sandra Gay Tappan passed away peacefully in Tucson, Arizona on April 25, 2018 at the age of 78.

Sandy was born October 8, 1939 in Greybull, Wyoming to Darrell Clayton Fellows and Arlene Joy Fellows. She graduated high school in Cozad, Nebraska in 1956 and attended the Nebraska Christian College until 1958. Sandy and Lawrence Edward Tappan were united in marriage on October 19, 1958 and had one son Rocky Joe Tappan born on February 2, 1962.

Sandy worked as a legal secretary until Rocky was born, then stayed home to raise him. She and Larry moved several times for his work. First as a plumber in Cozad, then policeman in North Platte. In 1972 the family moved to Texas, to follow Larry’s work, from truck driver in La Porte to deputy sheriff of Chambers County. Sandy went back to work, when Rocky was in high school, as an executive assistant. After Rocky’s graduation, Larry and Sandy became over the road truck owner/operators. She ended up at Exxon in Baytown as an executive assistant then to product specialist.

Larry and Sandy retired in 1998, and moved back to Nebraska. They purchased several homes to remodel then sell, and a farm to make the Double T Campground. Hearing of opportunities and better climate for Sandy’s breathing they moved to Arizona City, Arizona. After Larry passed away, Sandy continued to live there until her health required a move to Tucson for assisted living.

She enjoyed friends and family, playing all kinds of games (having her favorites and could beat you at scrabble without even blinking), painting, shopping, gardening, sewing, decorating, bible study, and singing. Her church family was a big part of her life.

Sandy is survived by her son Rocky Joe Tappan and daughter in law Doris of La Grange, Texas, her brothers Dick Fellows of Brady, NE, Kevin Fellows and wife Vicki of Etoile, TX, sisters, Pat France and husband Bill of Kearney, NE, Sharon Nejedly of North Platte, and many nieces, nephews and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, brother Joel Fellows, sister June Carpenter and husband Donald (Pal) Carpenter, brother in law Frank Nejedly, sister in law Mary Fellows, nephews Arthur (Art) Carpenter and John Carpenter.

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There will be a graveside service where Sandy will be laid to rest next to Larry at the McCain Cemetery in Stapleton, NE, under the direction of Carpenters Memorial Chapel of North Platte at 2:00pm Saturday May 5, 2018.