Sandra Mae Hackett Dorrell, age 83, formerly of Alloway, passed away on Monday, July 10, at her home in Woodstown.
Born on May 25, 1940 in Bridgeton, NJ, Sandra was raised in Daretown and graduated from Woodstown High School. On September 19, 1959, she married Robert Dorrell. She attended and graduated from Goldey-Beacom, Salem Community College and Glassboro State College. She earned a BS in Teaching of the Handicapped, a Master’s degree in Reading and also achieved several certifications. Early in her career, Sandra worked as a waitress at the Sweet Shop in Bridgeton and later as a secretary at Atlas Powder Works, the Salem Sunbeam, Norman Telsey, Esq., and the Alloway Methodist Church. After going back to school for additional degrees, Sandra was a devoted teacher at Alloway Township School, where she taught for over thirty years and was recognized as Teacher of the Year. She was active in the community serving in both the Daretown Baptist and Alloway Methodist Churches as a choir member, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, Adult Group secretary and, co-leader with her husband, Bob, of the youth group. She also participated in 4-H, was a Girl Scout Leader, a Cub Scout Den Mother, Boy Scout Secretary, PTA Historian, was the first recording Secretary for the Alloway Jaycettes, and was active in the WHS Class of 1958 Reunion Committee. Sandra was recognized as a Salem County Woman of Achievement in 2004. Sandra and her husband operated the Old Alloway Merchandise store in Alloway for 14 years until his death in 1997. She enjoyed reading and cooking. Sandra also enjoyed traveling and, with her family, visited most of the 50 states, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Austria, Belgium and Italy. While her children were in high school, the family hosted three German exchange students.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Quinton Reeves and Mildred Lillian (nee Shafer) Hackett, sisters, Eileen Blum and Brenda Hall, her husband, Robert Penn Dorrell, her daughter Cheri Lynn Dorrell Stow and granddaughter, Daphine Ann Stow. Surviving are her son Gregory and wife, Claudette, of Fairfield, Iowa, daughter, Lianne, of Woodstown, two grandchildren, Cheri and Melissa, and two great grandchildren, Javier and Kaylee.
Services will be held 11 AM on Saturday, July 15, at the WOODSIDE FUNERAL HOME, 613 Salem Quinton Rd., Salem, NJ 08079 (Quinton Twp.) where friends may also call from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Burial will take place in the Alloway United Methodist Church cemetery.