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Alexandra "Sandy" Elliott

December 2, 1935 — May 8, 2024


Alexandra "Sandy" Elliott, 88, of Denver, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2024. A Memorial Service, followed by a light reception, will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 2 p.m.

Sandy Elliott lived an extremely full life and once you met her, you never forgot her. Born in New York City, raised in Darien, CT and Jeannette, PA, she later moved to her family’s cattle ranch in Southern California that included a bountiful orange grove. As an art history major at CU Boulder, she immediately fell in love with Colorado's great outdoors, skiing and hiking. After graduating college, she started her family and traveled to several states including Columbia, MI, Santa Fe and Sandia Park, NM, but was ultimately drawn back to Colorado. She formed a successful hunt club in New Mexico, brought her love of hounds back to Colorado to form another hunt club and later became a member of the Arapahoe Hunt Club. 

Sandy deeply appreciated beauty and became a pillar of philanthropy, supporting a wide range of outdoor and arts organizations, some through the Denver Foundation, with a special focus on the Trust for Public Lands, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Colorado Ballet and Colorado Symphony. Sandy was insatiably curious about understanding the experiences of other people and cultures. Through her world adventures she developed a passion for cuisine, wine, presentation and customs. She traveled to a countless number of countries and every continent from Africa, to India, across Europe, trekking in the Nepal Himalayas and as her final adventure, Antarctica. 

Her friends and family have described her as unique, spicy, blunt and unapologetic with a fortitude that drove her to challenge others and live with tenacity. Sandy was married to two loving and devoted husbands during most of her life, first to architect and artist Robert Platts and later to John Wright, the founder and CEO of the world-renowned medical device innovator, Genesee Biomedical. In her final years, she was lovingly surrounded by her daughter Bron and her dedicated caregivers, all for whom she grew to have a profound gratitude. She is preceded in death by husbands Robert Platts and John Wright, and survived by sister Maggie Stechman (Bob), daughters Belinda Platts (Dave) and Bron Platts.

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