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Sandra L. Moran

December 8, 1944November 11, 2020

Sandra L. Moran, a longtime resident of Ft Myers, FL and Cape Cod, MA passed away on Nov 12, 2020 at the age of 75. Sandra was born in Boston on December 8, 1944 to David and Doris Dybes.

Sandy was known nationally and internationally as a premier artist of Sailors Valentines, creating beautiful masterpieces entirely from shells, an art form that originated in Barbados centuries ago. She dedicated the last twenty plus years to creating and sharing her unique talent doing many commissioned works and sharing her skill and knowledge of shells from all over the world by teaching classes in Florida and on Cape Cod.

Her work was featured in numerous magazines, art publications and art shows. She was also featured on The Martha Stewart show. Sandy had broad knowledge of antique art and furniture, learned at her mother's side, and cherished the assortment of many unique items throughout her home. She loved having the opportunity and knowledge to restore old antique homes to their former glory and had resided in one in Sandwich in the past.

She loved music of all kinds and if there was rock and roll and a dance floor nearby, she was on it. Jazz at brunch was also a favorite.

A lover of all things artistic, she was a generous and much appreciated supporter of local Art Museums and Cultural Centers in both of her communities. She will be missed by her many friends, neighbors, art lovers and students.

She is survived by her son David DeFilippo, sister Joanne Wuschke and cousin Susan Carol Dybes.

Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be in Sandra’s name to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, MA 02664 or

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Isabelle Foreman

November 29, 2020

I am so saddened to find out my teacher Sandy has passed away! It is a chock to me! I was so looking forward to her 2021 class here in Florida. I am fortunate to own some of her beautiful work, I will always treasure them. I will miss her! May you rest in peace my friend!!

Donna Yemm

November 27, 2020

Very saddened to hear that Sandy passed . She was a very talented and creative individual. From the natural beauty and mystery of sea shells she created lovely works of art.

It was my pleasure to know Sandy as a friend, and I feel lucky to have viewed some of her beautiful spectacular Sailor's Valentines.
She will be greatly missed.
With warm and heart felt sympathy.

Penny Lownes

November 27, 2020

Sandy was a very special lady, very talented, intelligent, hard working, and sincere. I enjoyed knowing her. May her soul rest in peace. Penny Lownes

Mary Giambruno

November 25, 2020

I am very sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. I feel very lucky to have known her and to have been her student. She introduced me to a whole new world. Rest In Peace, Sandy.

Sheila Nugent

November 24, 2020

I am very saddened to hear of Sandys passing. I have known her and her art for many years beginning at the Sanibel Shell Show to her shows and classes on the Cape. I regret never taken a class from her. I will think of her fondly every time I work on Shell crafts or see a valentine. RIP Sandy❤️

Bo Rathgeber

November 23, 2020

Heartbreaking and shocking to learn of Sandy's passing - she was a wonderful lady that I really enjoyed. I had helped her buy a home just a few days before she passed and was really looking forward to seeing her when she returned to Florida. Sandy was a talented and bright lady with a very kind heart. The craftsmanship in her Sailor’s Valentines was stunningly beautiful. Please accept my sincere, heartfelt condolences. I am going to miss her.

Sharon Purdy

November 22, 2020

We do not know one another but I knew Sandy for a number of years. She was an extraordinary artist and my first instructor with Sailor's Valentines; her talent inspired me to continue with this unique artform and I shall always remember her and her gift. I hope she has found peace.

Marjorie Parmenter

November 22, 2020

To the family and friends of Sandy Moran,
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Sandy had an amazing talent for creating Sailor's Valentines of the highest quality. As well, she had the skills, professionalism, and patience it took to teach others her craft. Over the years, I participated in several of her summer classes in Hyannis, MA (Cape Cod). Sandra Moran was my motivation and inspiration to continue with my shell art as an amateur crafter. I deeply admired her and will always remember her. MJP

Penny Gosson

November 21, 2020

I just recently met this talented teacher at a class she taught in Hyannis. I am so sad to hear she has passed.

Jo-Ann Cooley

November 21, 2020

I was very sad to hear of the passing of Sandy. I've taken a couple of her classes. It was obvious she loved her craft and loved sharing it with us. She was a lovely and talented lady and will be dearly missed. I'm very sorry for your loss!


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