Word has been received that Sandra Winnifred Feeley of Sandwich and Jensen Beach, Florida, a longtime teacher on the Upper Cape, died October 29. She was 80.
She was born in Brockton, the daughter of William MacKenzie and Dorothy (Morrison) MacKenzie. After spending her childhood in Avon, she graduated from Stonehill College with a bachelor’s degree and went on to receive a master’s degree from Bridgewater State College.
She had lived in Sharon, then Tolland, Connecticut; she moved to Sandwich in 1970.
Ms. Feeley initially was a substitute teacher at Sandwich High School and she later taught 7th- and 8th-grade English and reading in the Mashpee Public Schools for 30 years and became head of the English Department.
She had also been appointed director of the Mashpee summer school program when it began in 1995 with an enrollment of 24 students.
When the Enterprise interviewed her about the program in February 1998, she said, “I’m very pleased with the increase in students” that had numbered 106 the most recent summer. “As far as grades are concerned, most kids jumped from failing grades to at least a C.”
In addition to this academic success, Ms. Feeley said the summer program gave students a chance to get a better grasp on the material, helping them to feel better about themselves and what they are learning.
“Kids I never saw smile before have come up to me and said, ‘I really like being here,’ ” she said.
She had also coached cheerleading in Mashpee.
Ms. Feeley retired from teaching in 2003.
She and her husband of 54 years, Paul R. Feeley, had been spending their winters in Jensen Beach since 2005.
In her spare time she enjoyed skiing and was a fan of the Boston Red Sox.
In addition to her husband, she leaves three children, Sean Feeley of Verona, New Jersey, Brendan Feeley of Delray Beach, Florida, and Darren Feeley of Falls Church, Virginia; seven grandchildren; eight siblings; and 24 nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be said Friday, May 10, at 11 AM at Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road in East Sandwich.