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Sandra Kay Ramsden

Sandra Kay Ramsden

September 25, 1942~August 29, 2021

Sandra “Sandie” Kay (Ford) Ramsden, 79, of Belleair, FL passed away peacefully on August 29, 2021.

Sandie was born on March 25, 1942 in Churubusco, Indiana, the only child of Lamolie and Evelyn Ford.  She was raised in Auburn, Indiana and attended Ball State Teachers College and University where she was a member of Sigma, Sigma, Sigma sorority and earned her Bachelors and Masters of Arts in Education.

She was married to Robert Ramsden from 1965-1991 and lived in Indiana, Connecticut, Dallas, Chicago, and Oklahoma City before settling in Belleair in 1978.

Sandie was very active in her sorority, panhellenic, and the community throughout the years. She was a national officer and a member of various alumnae chapters of Sigma, Sigma, Sigma, earning the Outstanding Alumnae of the Region award in 2002 and eventually serving as the President of the Pinellas County Alumnae Club.  She also served the Clearwater Alumnae Panhellenic as a delegate over the last 20 years, including officer rotations and President.  Sandie was a charter member of the Greater Belleair Young Women’s Society, holding various chairmanships and offices, including President in 1982.  She was a member of the Fine Arts Society (auxiliary to the Gulf Coast Museum of Arts) since 1980, including President from 1987-89.  She was a Board of Directors member and fund raiser co-chairman for New Directions and fund raiser co-chairman for 1000 Plus Committee (auxiliaries to American Cancer Society), and committee chairman and Vice President of the St. Paul’s School PTA.

As a member of the Clearwater Yacht Club since 1980, Sandie was very active within the club and held many leadership positions.  She was a charter member and pram sailor of the Bow Chasers women’s sailing club (various chairmanships and offices including Captain/President, 1995), teaching many club members how to sail over the years.  For sailing regattas, she held committee chairmanships and was the Landside Chairman in 1991 and 1992.  She also joined the Florida Women’s Sailing Association, serving as secretary for two years and President in 1998.  Sandie was on the Clearwater Yacht Club Board of Directors from 1996-2002 serving as Director, Hospitality Chair (2 years), and Secretary (3 years) before moving into the Commodore rotation, serving as the Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore, and then Commodore during the CYC Centennial year in 2011.  She was also a member of the International Order of the Blue Gavel for past Commodores.

Sandie became a realtor in 2001 with Beachcomber Real Estate, which eventually became part of Coldwell Banker.  She still left time for community activities, worldwide travel, visits to see her grandchildren, and especially for bridge.  During the pandemic, she helped many of her fellow players continue to enjoy bridge by making the transition from playing in person to playing online.

Sandie is survived by two children who are very grateful for all the time, support and love she provided raising them — her daughter, Paige Peterson of Atlanta, GA and husband Tom; her son, Patrick Ramsden of Boca Raton, FL and wife Chris; and her beloved grandchildren Robert and Sam Peterson and Alex Ramsden.

A celebration of Sandie’s life will be announced as arrangements are made.

To honor Sandie’s love of teaching sailing in the Clearwater community, contributions may be made to the Sandie Ramsden Memorial Fund with the Clearwater Community Sailing Center at






Bob and Terri Freiberg - Friend

September 6, 2021, 2:30 pm

We are so very sorry for your families loss and all of us who called Sandie our friend. She will be greatly missed.

  • Relationship: Friend

Cindy Harms - Sorority Sister

September 7, 2021, 11:18 pm

My deepest sympathy goes out to your families. Sandie was was a caring, dedicated Tri Sigma, and she is going to be dearly missed by Sigma sisters across the country.

  • Relationship: Sorority Sister

Janet Heffley - Friend

September 8, 2021, 11:58 am

I have known Sandie from early childhood. Her Uncle Carl was married to my Aunt Bernie. Then she moved to Auburn and we attended high school together. When we turned 70 we began travelling together with two other high school friends – Mary Smaltz & Shirley Rhody. At that time we went to China and began calling ourselves the “China Chicks.” I have many fond memories of out time together. Thank you for carrying for her in her final time on Earth, Paige & Patrick.

  • Relationship: Friend

Camille Morgan - Tri-Sigma alumni sister

September 8, 2021, 5:51 pm

I enjoyed 5 years with my sisters in Tri-Sigma Pinellas alumni – while Sandie was at the helm. Her ebullient spirit always lifted group activities with laughter and light-hearted conversation. I know we all have difficulty “letting go”, yet I believe there are wider horizons and much grander opportunities for self-expression in those planes yet to be visited by each one of us. Sandie leads the way in creativity, camaraderie and compassion for those of us who remain in awe of her friendship. May her family and all who knew and loved her be blessed with peace of mind, remembering her life, very well lived.

  • Relationship: Tri-Sigma alumni sister

Vivian Smith - Friend CYC Greater Belleair Young Women’s Society and fellow Realtor

September 10, 2021, 4:04 pm

Sandie was a very special friend and she will be missed by many of us.

  • Relationship: Friend CYC Greater Belleair Young Women’s Society and fellow Realtor

Carmen marsh - Friend

October 3, 2021, 7:24 pm

So sorry to hear this news. Our condolences to her family. May she Rest In Peace. ✝️🙏

  • Relationship: Friend

Helen Techler/ Jerry Slutzky - Friends

October 9, 2021, 12:21 pm

We were saddened to hear about Sandie’s passing. What an incredible, giving, accomplished person! She was also fun to be around! May God bless the family and give you peace.

  • Relationship: Friends

Deidre - Friend

October 15, 2021, 4:53 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. I have great memories of your mother at Clemson. May you be comforted by wonderful memories.

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