Remembering Sandra Coryell Rudd, 1939-2022

Family and friends are remembering Sandra Coryell Rudd, who lost her life after a collision last month. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with her community:

Sandra Lee Coryell Rudd passed away unexpectedly at the age of 83 in November.

Sandra was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a member of a multi-generation horticulture and landscaping family. After high school, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she met and married her beloved husband of over 50 years, Professor Dale Rudd. They raised their children, Karen and David, in Madison, Wisconsin, before she and Dale retired to West Seattle in 1997. Dale preceded her in death in 2018.

A longtime civil-rights activist with the League of Women Voters, she was a pioneer in Title IX gender-equity law in Wisconsin. She was a master gardener, propagating her own plants, and an active volunteer in West Seattle, focusing on feeding and clothing the local homeless and low-income residents. Last but not least, she was an animal lover and advocate and fundraiser for animal welfare.

An energetic, gregarious, and kind-hearted woman, she was loved by many and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

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5 Replies to "Remembering Sandra Coryell Rudd, 1939-2022"

  • Sara December 6, 2022 (9:36 am)

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. She was a very active woman, a friendly neighbor, an interesting artist, a dedicated dog owner, and a generous gardener.  My family and I will miss seeing her out on her walks. Many condolences to her family.

  • JJ December 6, 2022 (4:08 pm)

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m so sorry for the loss of such an incredible person. 

  • Deb Barker December 6, 2022 (6:25 pm)

    Oh NO!  I just realized that this is Sandra  – the wonderful and  beloved dog walked in my neighborhood. She was Mom to Murphy who is one of Max’s best friends! To Sandra’s family – I am so sorry for your loss!! If there is any way for you to contact me through the West Seattle Blog –  I’d appreciate it. I am so saddened to learn of her passing. I will miss seeing you on your walks with Murphy Sandra. Rest in Peace. Deb 

    • David December 6, 2022 (8:39 pm)

      Hi Deb. This is her son. I’ve adopted Murphy, and he’s doing well. You can contact me at

  • Joan December 6, 2022 (7:09 pm)

    She continues to pop up in my mind and I can’t believe that she’s not with us any more.  I enjoyed her company, her opinions, and insights.  All the best to all those who knew and loved her.  It’s so hard to get past the loss of someone we love and admire.  I keep her in my mind with love and send caring thoughts to her family.  

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