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A Tragic Loss: Sandra McLeod Humphrey

on November 28, 2012

Today’s posting at catnipoflife is a tribute in memory of Sandra McLeod Humphrey. I feel very honored to have known Sandra even if for only a short period of time. I encourage you to visit her website Dare to Dream Big! If you did not know Sandy, there would be no better way to celebrate her life than to acquaint yourself with her writing by visiting her blog @ Then, I encourage all, whether you knew her or not, to order one of her books as a Christmas gift for a friend, loved one or family member. What a great tribute that would be for Sandy!

Here is a brief account of the tragic death of Sandra and her husband, as well as a little insight into her remarkable writing.


  “Tragedy has taken the life of award-winning children’s book author Sandra McLeod Humphrey and her husband, Brian Humphrey.  Both were killed in a house fire on November 23. The couple’s single-family home in Minnetonka, MN, was in flames at 10:30 p.m. Friday, according to news sources, including the Minneapolis/St. Paul TV network KARE 11. No official cause of the blaze has been released.”

Sandra is best known for her overwhelming desire, knowledge and talent for writing books to build strong character. She has written many award-winning books to help empower young people to believe in themselves and to make good choices. Although her books cover many different subjects and span different age groups, they all have one thing in common: they are written to get young people thinking and talking about important social and moral issues and to help them be the best they can be!

Sandra, you will be deeply missed but your dream lives on!

22 responses to “A Tragic Loss: Sandra McLeod Humphrey

  1. […] Today’s posting at catnipoflife is a tribute in memory of Sandra McLeod Humphrey. I feel very honored to have known Sandra even if for only a short period of time. I encourage you to visit he…  […]

  2. Peggy Strack says:

    Beautiful tribute Sharla. I don’t think any of us can quite believe this and are walking around with a heavy heart today. Sandra would be pleased to know that one of her books is # 1 in Teen biographies on Amazon right now. Her words and compassion will live on for many years. A big hug! ~ Peggy

  3. chris hannon says:

    I am writing this through tears. we will all feel the pain of her loss. There has to be a place for her and her husband beside the GOOD LORD.Bless you our deAR ANGEL

  4. Raani York says:

    Thank you for writing and sharing this tribute. It expresses exactly what we all feel about this loss. Her family and friends are in my prayers!!

  5. Alastair says:

    She’s not been in our country but that is a wonderful tribute

  6. Jon Magee says:

    a fitting tribute, thank you

  7. Thank you, Raani, for doing this. This has been on my mind all day. I certainly hated to learn this about Sandy and her husband. Like so many others, I will miss emailing, and reading her blogs. It was just something about her that I so admired even from a distance, so what a powerful woman. I have three of her books (I purchased two and she gave me one).
    Sandra will be missed, but her legacy lives on.

  8. Thank you, Sharla, for this lovely tribute to Sandy Humphrey. I came to know her through LinkedIn and benefited from her encouragement and enthusiasm. I look forward to reading her wonderful books to my granddaughter.

    • catnipoflife says:

      About a month ago, I won one of Sandy’s books and then ordered two for my granddaughters. She autographed them and the oldest was so cute as the first thing she read was the inscription. She did great reading the cursive handwriting since she is only 7. Now I have tears in my eyes…again!

  9. Sharla, Thank you for this beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady who not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. She will be missed.

  10. A beautiful and inspiring woman. We have lost a great author,blogger and friend : (

  11. Micki Peluso says:

    Thank you Sharla, for a beautiful tribute to our wonderful friend. This tragedy has simply immobilizedme–I am numb with grief..

  12. cjanasdreams says:

    We have lost another terrific author. May the heavens shine on her and her husband. Sharla thank you for the memory.

  13. cjanasdreams says:

    Sharla you have been awarded a Blog award for 2012. Please go to my blog site and cut and paste and follow the directions. YOu are an outstanding blogger and I am greateful to honor you with this.

  14. This is very sad and her absence will be a great loss to the writing industry. Thank you for honoring the memory of this wonderful woman and her husband in this time of sorrow.

  15. A lovely woman has left us. I am sure that the angels have welcomed her and her dear husband into their fold.

  16. Sandra was a dear supportive friend to many writers. She was also a fellow dog lover. I will miss exchanging doggie stories with her.

  17. Thank you, Sharla, for finding the strength to write your post. Sandy will live as long as her friends write and talk about her. I knew her a short time, but will miss her to the end of my days.

  18. […] are many, many stars in the blogosphere, one shines brightly from Heaven above. Rest in peace Sandra McLeod Humphrey . You will always be a shining star, our guiding light, an inspiration for all! We miss you […]

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