SAVANNA—Sandra Lou Niles, 79 of Port Byron, previously of Savanna, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, unexpectedly at home.
A funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 21, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. It may be watched on the Law-Jones Facebook Live Group. Burial was Friday, Jan. 22, in Spring Lake Cemetery, Savanna.
Memorials may be given in Sandra's honor for the Kings Harvest No Kill Pet Shelter, Davenport, Iowa. Family and friends are invited to share in Sandra's life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Sandra was born July 30, 1941, in Hanover, the daughter of Alvin and Betty (Reifsteck) Young. She is a graduate of the Hanover High School with the Class of 1959. Sandra attended Highland College in Freeport, and then received her CPA from Mount St. Clare College in Clinton. On June 18, 1960, Sandra married Jerry David Niles in Hanover. They raised two sons, Jerry and Brad.
Sandra worked as an accountant for the Rock Island Arsenal for many years, retiring in 2008. She had also worked at H&R Block, been a bookkeeper at Super Wash in Morrison and for Visiting Nurses in Clinton.
Sandra volunteered at the Port Byron Public Library. This helped feed her passion for reading. She could read a book in a day, often choosing mysteries or romances. You could find her reading with old country in the background, and one of her dogs on her lap. Being a Grandma was her biggest joy. She loved doing arts and crafts when her grandkids would visit, making treasures out of time.
Sandra will be dearly missed by her two sons, Jerry D. (Denise) Niles of Morrison and Brad (Lyuda) Niles of Camanche, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Robert (Elizabeth) Abbott, James Abbott, Heather Donoho, John B. Niles, Nathaniel K. Niles, Domenic Niles, and Mark Niles; and two sisters, Sally Doran of Moline and Sharon (Wayne) Wilson of Dixon.
Sandra was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Stanley Young.