Born March 5, 1941 at Doctor's Hospital, Washington, DC. She grew up with one sibling, her brother Ward William Stevens III (Bill), raised mainly by her mother. She attended elementary school in Washington, DC and junior and senior high school in Arlington, Virginia, where she moved when she was about 12 years old. She was a good student and went on to Mary Washington College for one year.
Sandy decided it was time to go to work and got a job on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Michael J Kirwan (D-Ohio). After a year there she accompanied her girlfriend, Carol Miller, to San Francisco to make their way in the world. She got a job at Brunswick Corporation in 1962. In December, a new Office Manager came to their office from the corporate headquarters in Chicago -- Quetzal Doty. She laughed and made fun of his weird name and then ended up marrying him in June 1963. Quet was a widower with two small children, Lauren and Craig.
Shortly after they married Quet got a job with the Foreign Service. In 1966, Quet started his training at the State Department, later that year they were posted to Brisbane, Australia. They went there with three children -- Kevin was born in 1965. They were in Brisbane for 2 years; then posted to Ibadan, Nigeria. They now had an Australian born baby, Michelle, born in 1967. While in Nigeria, Sandy gave birth to Kristal in 1969. Nigeria was in the midst of a war and they were worried about their safety while there. They then moved to Beirut, Lebanon. It was a dangerous time and they were glad to leave when Quet's office was hit by a rocket the night before they left for Accra, Ghana. After living in Accra for 2 years, they moved to Tokyo, Japan. They loved living on the compound in Tokyo where the children could play and have friends close at hand. They were there for 4 years and celebrated the bicentennial of the US there. Sandy made her first quilt and it hung in the Embassy on July 4, 1976. They were posted to the San Francisco Despatch Agency after Tokyo and lived in Dublin, California for several years. In 1980, they were posted to Berlin, Germany. Lauren went to Ricks College and Craig went on a Mission, so they just had 3 children with them in Berlin. They were there for 4 years and Kevin and Michelle graduated from high school there. This was prior to the Berlin Wall coming down and the cold war was still on.
From Berlin they moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which ended up being their last post in the Foreign Service. Security and personal safety were becoming a worldwide concern and as Foreign Service employees, they were targets. While they enjoyed their time in Tanzania, going on safari, seeing amazing things, it was time to retire from the Foreign Service, which Quet did in 1987.
Sandy could not stay retired long. After they retired to Arizona, Sandy worked for Ramada then Allied Signal corporations for several years. Sandy felt that in the private industry, the glass ceiling was impenetrable. She went back to college while working and received a Bachelor degree in Business. Once she had completed that and taken the Foreign Service exam, she interviewed for and was offered a position with the CIA in 1992. They moved back to Arlington, Virginia, where she was able to assist her mother, who lived nearby. Her mother only lived one year after she got back to Virginia, so Sandy was glad they were able to help her during that difficult time.
Sandy's career at the CIA went quite well. She received several promotions and 8 Exceptional Performance Awards. She retired in 1999 with a total of just over 10 years of Federal Government employment.
Sandy developed many varied interests during her lifetime. She had always been a voracious reader and tried to keep current in order to be an informed voter and good citizen. She has been vocal in her concerns by writing her congressional representatives through the years and felt that her thoughts may have been of value in that regard.
Another lifelong interest of hers had been her family genealogy. She started working on it in her 20s due to her grandmother's stories about her family and the many notes regarding them that she left Sandy after she died in 1964. Sandy was thrilled when software was developed to further organize and collect genealogical information. She expressed a hope that someone would carry on her work after she has passed, since there is a lot more to uncover farther back in time than she had discovered thus far.
Sandy taught herself to sew out of necessity during their early, poor years of marriage. She used to make a lot of the children's clothing--especially when they were overseas. This led to an interest in quilting. In 1975, Sandy obtained a quilt kit for a bicentennial quilt. It was a complex applique quilt that required a lot of hand quilting. She wanted a puffy look and in her ignorance, she put in 4 layers of batting to ensure that look, not realizing how difficult that would be to quilt. But she did it and completed it in time to hang in the American Embassy, Tokyo, for the 4th of July. She made quilts for Michelle and Kristal, but was not able to really pick back up with quilting until after she retired. She has since completed over 50 quilts.
Volunteerism has always been promoted by Sandy. Wherever they lived she took the opportunity to volunteer. For a time, after arriving back in Phoenix, Sandy and Quet volunteered at the Phoenix Zoo. She thought it was important to stay involved in local organizations, like the PTA, homeowners associations, NARFE and the Sun Lakes Republican Club. Where possible, when her time permitted it, Sandy would take on roles with greater responsibility in these organizations. She wanted to do her part for her community and took each and every responsibility seriously.
Sandy is truly remembered as a person others could count on. She never reneged on an obligation she was responsible for. It was a point of personal pride that she completed every task prior to the completion deadline. She has planned and executed really large activities for hundreds of people; she has tried to further family unity by planning family reunions. If she ever received a letter or phone call, she would respond. She tried to communicate to her friends and loved ones to let them know they were in her heart and thoughts daily. She loved her children and grandchildren and always hoped they could attain their potential.
In the last several years Sandy has been highly active in Local, State and National politics. She has volunteered countless hours, but felt strongly about doing everything she could to encourage citizens to vote and make their voice heard. To quote a recent comment on the Sonoran Alliance announcement of Sandy's passing: "Nobody worked harder for the cause of the party than Sandy. She registered more GOP voters and organized our presence at more events than anyone else– anyone! And she did this all in many cases without help from a lot of people– and she never complained."
Sandy wrote the following thoughts in recent years: "I hope my life has been of value to those around me--I tried hard to make it so. I just hope that someone was helped or encouraged or improved because of something I did. That was ever my intent. I held malice towards no one and always looked for the best in everyone. I hope that will be my legacy." Sandy accomplished these things and so much more. She is loved and will be missed.