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Sandra "Sandy" Jean (Bisig) Geer
September 2, 1938 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Sandra “Sandy” Jean Bisig Geer applied the finishing brush strokes of her life on January 30, 2024, completing a masterpiece full of family, friends, adventure, travel, river and “farm” life, but mostly with the man she loved with all her heart for 58 years, Jimmie Lee Geer, and her sons John, Jason, and Josh and daughter Jennifer.
Sandra was born September 2, 1938, to Herbert and Evelyn Bisig in Louisville, Ky and grew up in the Audubon Park area. She attended St Stephen’s grade school and Presentation Academy. After graduation she attended the University of Louisville to study art, something that would become her lifelong passion. After college she worked at Kaufman’s department store, hiring a young man fresh out of the Marines who she invited to the company Christmas party. The rest as they say, is history.
After marriage they began life on the banks of the Ohio River on Belknap Beach and started their family. In the beginning times could be tough. But with tireless teamwork and a love that never wavered, they made it work. Sandra dedicated her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother and was the foundation of the family, through and through. She was an excellent gift giver, always knew the right thing to say, never missed a special date, and was a constant cheerleader and supporter.
Sandra spent many days sitting in the stands watching her children’s baseball, volleyball and soccer games, attending their band concerts or helping them learn their homework assignments and as president of Liberty Elementary PTA to support their education. She excelled at propping up the entire family and supporting them through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. Whether that was healing a broken heart or leg, a bad game, a rough day at work, or any number of childhood and teenage angst, she made it her mission to improve the lives of her family and others around her.
In 1980 they moved to “the farm”, J’s Landing. Here Sandra’s true spirit shone. A blank canvas of land, she spent the next 43 years creating a veritable Garden of Eden with her other passion, gardening. The once barren landscape, now filled with the trees, bushes, and flower beds that she designed and planted. Along the way she helped raise horses, a donkey, sheep, and chickens to go along with the constant companionship of her beloved dogs and cats. Sandra filled the home with her artwork, treasures from their travels, and always the photographs of her children and grandkids, with a touch that only she possessed.
Sandra was a passionate painter and cherished her time painting with Angie Campbell, a mentor and friend for many years. As a lifelong lover of books, the book clubs and the discussions with her dear friends and fellow bibliophiles on that month’s title were always something she looked forward to. Her hours long movie, lunch, and talk dates with her cousin Jeanne were a joy. Visits and talks with Juliana always brought a smile. Just simple long walks along Cedar Point with her neighbor and friend Jennie were always an adventure. It wasn’t what she was doing but the friends she made, the conversations that happened, and the love she gave and received with these passions that were the important parts.
Above all she loved her family. It was not unusual for the whole family to be at Mom’s, or Gma’s as the grandkids called her, on any weekend of the year. Watching Ohio State football, UofL sports, playing bocce, swimming, riding horses, pitching in on chores, “cousins sleepover night at Gma’s”, or simple morning coffees and talks, just enjoying each other’s company and her incredible skills in the kitchen were cherished times.
“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others” – The Wizard of Oz.
Sandra is survived by her sons John Samples (Ghada), Jason (Susanne), and Josh (Wendy); Eight grandchildren Jebreel; Alex, Hayley and Sam; Jackson and Cassie; Owen and Charlie and great grandsons Dalton and Julius.
Preceded in death by her partner and love of her life for 58 years Jimmie Lee Geer, daughter Jennifer Yager (Bill), her parents Herbert and Evelyn Bisig, sister Janet Bisig Geer (Terry) and granddaughter Emily Geer.
A Celebration of Sandra’s Life and an exhibition of her artwork will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 2-6pm at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Ky.
The family asks that donations in her name and memory be made to The Humane Society of Oldham County and Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Ky.