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Sandra Sweet Watson

Sandra Sweet Watson of Grand Junction, Colorado, died peacefully in Estes Park, Colorado, on June 30th, while holding the hand of her daughter. She died of leukemia.

A native of Denver and granddaughter of Governor William E. Sweet, Sandy was spending the summer in Estes Park on the land her grandfather acquired 100 years ago. She spent her childhood summers there riding horses and playing among the boulders that her grandchildren now enjoy.

Sandra attended Kent School for Girls, East Denver High School, and Erskine College in Boston.
She married Charles “Tim” Skinner and had three daughters: Leslie Boyer Harradine of Baden Baden, Germany; Lynn Skinner Elliott of Lakewood, CO; and Leigh Skinner Fortson of Grand Junction, CO.

Sandy loved the outdoors and enjoyed skiing, tennis, swimming, snorkeling and basking in the sun. She had a special relationship with animals and for the past several years, offered her services as a pet sitter.

Sandy loved to be of service. She was an active member of the Unity Church where she inspired outreach projects while also volunteering for Altrusa.

Sandy relished her strong community of friends and was a loving mother and devoted, playful grandmother.
All who knew her will miss her delightful sense of humor, her glowing smile and easy laugh, and the comfort she provided to those she loved.

The “Skinner Girls” and their respective husbands, Mark, John, and Ed, will miss Sandy  very much. In addition to her daughters, Sandy is survived by her sisters, Jaye McPherson of Estes Park and Elise Sweet of Phoenix; and her grandchildren, Tucker and Lyric Fortson of Grand Junction.

A ceremony was held on July 4th in Estes Park where the extended family spread her ashes. A memorial will be held in Grand Junction on Sunday, August 9th at Unity Church.

Donations may be sent in her honor to the Roice Hurst Humane Society at 3320 D ½ Rd., Clifton, CO, 81520; or to Altrusa Scholarship Foundation, Box 904, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. See to see Sandra’s obituary on-line and to send a message to her family.

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