Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


Sandra Jean Twombly

December 15, 1947July 27, 2020

Sandra Colello Twombly, age 72, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born on December 15, 1947 in Portland Maine to Gaetano and Mary Colello. She married her longtime friend and love, Grant Twombly on July 27, 1967.

For over 30 years, Sandra worked for attorney, G. Charles Shumway II.

Sandra was most proud of family. She was a dedicated, thoughtful, nurturing, kind and loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, godmother and friend - she treasured and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Gran - grandmother to Cam, Sam and Kate. She taught us all the meaning of FAMILY. She had a very strong faith and gave generously to people.

She took her role as a child of God very serious and always put everyone before herself. She knit for the hosptial and her church - for people she would never meet. She took great pride in cooking and baking for friends and family. She was generous with her time. She was always willing to help anyone who needed it. She was respectful of other people’s feelings and needs. She lived a simple life as giving to others, thinking of others, going the extra mile was more important to her than material things.

Sandra lived by the mantra, “Do what’s right and do what’s good. Be kind and help others” similar to the Bible verse, Ephesian 4:32 - "And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ”.

Sandra is survived by the love of her life, Grant; her daughter Denise Twombly and fiancé Jesse Philbrick; son Steve Twombly and favorite daughter-in-law Michelle Twombly and their children Cam, Sam and Kate Twombly; her brothers Sonny and Joseph; her sisters Angelina White and Maryrose Filieo; and her many cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren. She was predeceased by her friend and loving sister, Kerree Twombly. They have been reunited in heaven along with their parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s hospital. She has been giving to this meaningful organization for years and it would make her heart happy to know they are still receiving support in her name.

Services will be by invitation only due to COVID. A Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed. Please see the link below to join the live streaming of services.

Gran, we will keep your traditions alive….WE LOVE YOU!


  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, July 31, 2020



Sandra Jean Twombly

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Michelle Twombly “Favorite daughter-in-law”

August 1, 2020

Gran - THANK YOU❤️
YOU helped shape the person I am today as a mother, wife and friend. YOU led by example and I have been paying attention.

THANK YOU for all these gifts. It is because of your example that I will pass this along the importance of:
-helping others
to my children and their children just how special it is to be a mother.

For EVERYTHING you’ve taught me in the past 28 years...THANK YOU❤️

YOU CAN REST EASY knowing that Denise, Jesse, Steve, Cam, Sam, Kate and I will be taking care of Grandad. We’ve got this 🥰

Mark & Jenny Filieo

July 31, 2020

We are going to miss Aunt Sandra ,so so much ... We got the honor to live next door to her in Gray for 16 years ... They were the Best 16 years of our lives .. She was there for us as much as we were there for her .. We had a bunch of cocktail hours in our backyard.. When we were @ family event She would give us a hug & say I'll see you guys at home .. She helped us Shovel the driveway when she new we needed help .. She would watch our cat Phoebe & Silvie & grabbed our mail too .. Put packages we got in our house & we did it for her too ..

Dani Colello

July 31, 2020

I remember playing card games with auntie Sandra on the weekends (sometimes) was always fun! Her smile and her laugh always brightens your day when you was down. Always be in my heart forever. Rest In Peace, amen.

Phyllis Cooper

July 30, 2020

San was a great sister in law! Always will remember her beautiful smile! Even though I haven't seen her in many years she hadn't changed in looks or her personality. I do feel so sad for her family members. I'm sure she will be missed and remembered every day.😥❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Laurie Colello

July 30, 2020

My sincere condolences to you all. Auntie Sandra had a heart of gold, an ear to listen, always had great advice a smile that would light up even the darkest of days. She will be greatly missed but will live forever in my heart. Rest easy my sweet Auntie. Love you always.

Cindy Carrier

July 30, 2020

Sandy sat in front of me at daily mass. We use to laugh about how all of us sat in the same pew and if we didn't we felt out of place. I have great memories of conversations after mass about our faith. Sandy consoled me when my mom needed to go into a care facility for her dementia. I broke out in tears after mass and she was there to talk with. She was a women of strong faith who lived the gospel. A wonderful example to all of us about what is important in life. We will miss her much at St Gregory’s.

Samantha Twombly

July 29, 2020

Gran -
I love you and I miss you terribly. Thank you for all you have ever taught me. You were such an amazing person and an even more amazing grandmother. May you Rest In Peace. I love you.

Kate Twombly

July 29, 2020

I’ll love you forever Gran. You taught me so much and I was so unbelievably lucky to have you as a loving, kind, nurturing grandmother and friend. I will never forget all the things you did for me and my family. I know you’re dancing up in heaven and playing cards with Kerree and your mother. You will be greatly missed.

Denise Tibbetts

July 29, 2020

Sandy was a very special friend . She brought me Holy Communion twice a week , for two months , while I was healing from foot surgery . During this time she was at our home . Sandy kept saying to me what a blessing I was to her . BUT Really she was the TRUE BLESSING... Even the times my husband Dennis & I spent with her playing Chutes and Ladders , will always be a Memory we will cherish forever . My friend we will meet on the other Shore with Jesus , one day !!!! Sandy will always be in my prayers and ❤️ Love you always my friend ❤️🙏📿🌹


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