Sandy Allen

Born: Fri., Jun. 17, 1955
Died: Wed., Aug. 13, 2008

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Sandra E. "Sandy" Allen, 53, of Shelbyville died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at Heritage House Convalescent Center.

Born June 18, 1955, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Jackie Lambert. She was raised by her grandmother, Emma Warfield.

Survivors include her mother of Shelbyville; brothers, Marty of Shelbyville and Michael of Indianapolis; and sister, Darlene of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother.

Ms. Allen had been employed with the State Veterinarian's Office in Indianapolis and had appeared in two motion pictures.

She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1973, where she was a four-year member of the Library Club, Honor Society and Sunshine Club.

Ms. Allen was a member of Evangelical Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and the Cincinnati Tall Club.

She was the Indiana Pacers No. 1 fan.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Town & Country Christian Church, 2133 S. Tucker Road.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church, with the Revs. Stephen Bohall, Don Bennett and Ian Farnsley officiating.

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sandy Allen Scholarship Fund, in care of Blue River Community Foundation, 54 W. Broadway St., Suite 1, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

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Susan Shoopman
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
Being a 6 foot tall woman, I always felt different. But I remember once seeing you on TV and you seemed so comfortable with who you were...I thought, so should I. You started me on the path to liking being tall.
Thank you and God Bless.

Jennifer Olson
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
A beautiful, and unique woman who made friends all over the world. :-)

Leah Cooley
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend.

Jennifer Thomas
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
I never met Ms. Allen, but always wanted to. She really seemed like a wonderful person. Her smile could make your day. God bless Sandy Allen and those close to her who will miss her.

robin ratcliff
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
I was so hurt to hear of Miss Allens passing.I have followed her for many years thru t.v. ect. and greatly admired her strength, and warmth to young children. with out her so many more kids would miss understand people with "differnces"
may god bless her family and friends and help them be stong thru this time of sorrow

Crystal Willis
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
Sandy was a great person. Greatest condolences.

Anita English
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
I am so glad I got a chance to visit with Sandy last spring, when I was in town. Sandy was two classes behind me at SHS, and I reminded her that she is "hard to forget".
I am sorry she is gone from us, but glad she found joy in sharing her message of treating people well regardless of their differences.

Kristine Gill
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008

Martha and Solon Neil
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
We offer our sincere condolence to the friends and family of Sandy. We had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her and spending time with her singing Karaoke. She traveled down to Columbus and visited the American Legion. It was a grand time goofing off with her and listening to her stories. She had a great sense of humor. She was a special woman and we will always cherish the moments we had with her.
God Blessed us with Sandy!

Kindest regards,
Martha and Neil

Laura Cofran
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
Our sincerest condolences go out to Sandy's family. I was her 50th Birthday at the racetrack. We all had a wonderful time.

We will be missed.

Daniel G Misch Sr
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
I never had the opportunity to meet Sandy but I had read about her long ago & was one of her fans. She must of had a heart bigger than herself. My condolences go out to all her family & friends. She left this world a better place & will always remember her. i'm sure she was loved by many

Scott Tietjen
   Posted Wed August 13, 2008
She was a lovely lady -- I had seen her attend at least one Tall Clubs International convention in years past. My condolences.

Andy Zander
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
to the family of Sandy Allen, you have lost a true angel, I met Sandy back in the '80's at the Guinness museum in Canada and i found her to be a truly sweet & kind lady. She was very wonderful to chat with. I wish I was able to get to know her better. May she rest in peace, God has gotten the tallest angel to now be able to watch over us all.....

Beverley Galetti
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008

Gail Wagner
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
I had the privilege of meeting Sandy at a tall club event in Las Vegas a couple of years ago. What a beautiful lady inside and out! She was such an inspiration to face each day with hope and appreciation. She will be missed!

Geri & Joe Durrenberger
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
Sandy Allen, you will be missed!
Her courage, and acceptance of who she was and her determination to live her best life, was inspiring to all who met her!

We were fortunate to enjoy Sandy's love of fun and humor at a Las Vegas Tall Club weekend a couple of years ago. Igor was there and they shared their thoughts and laughter!
Sandy has been a friend to Tall Clubs International for most of her adult life..She visited the California Tip Toppers in the
early 80's and our local club's members were smitten with her gentle loving ways..
We remember you always! Sandy

Dave Rasmussen
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
We'll miss you Sandy but never forget you. I too probably first heard of Sandy at Ripley's when I was younger, but after I joined Tall Clubs International ( and attended one of my first conventions, Sandy was at the 1999 convention in Pittsburgh with the help of Peter Vorum, Ron Hutchison and other tall club members who took her to a shoe store. This was recorded in a Learning Channel Documentary "In Search of Being Tall" which still airs today. Sandy also wished Leonid Stadnyk, 8'4", well in a documentary about him, "The World's Tallest Man". Finally she was in a recent documentary, "Amazing Humans: the Science of Giganticism" which airs on National Geographic TV.

Ron and I will never forget playing music for Sandy at the last Chicago Weekend she attended. Hopefully she can look down and smile as those of us in TCI continue to have fun, provide scholarships for tall youth and raise awareness and funding for Marfan syndrome.

Dave 7'4"
TCI Marfan Liaison
President, Tall Club of Milwaukee
Friend of Sandy

Mary K
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
Sandy, I met you at one of the TCI weekends and remembered your cheerful disposition despite being in a wheelchair at the time. I know you are at peace now and celebrating with many of our other TALL friends!

Mary Noakes
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008

Ashlee Pierce
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
I had the great opportunity to care for Sandy while she was in the hospital. She was always in such great spirits and was a pleasure to be around. She was always joking with us and we had such a good time with her. I will truly miss Sandy. She was such an amazing person and I will never forget her.

   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
i do not know her. i pray for her
family. love patti

The Wilchers
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
To Sandy's family:

The first time I seen Sandy was at Fairland beach many years ago. Even then she was gentle with the children and would laugh at their antics in the water. You could tell she was a special person any time you would see her. May the Lord be with you all through this sad time. Know that Sandy now rests with the Angels. Her work on earth is done and she now rests safe in Heaven with the Lord. Keep your memories close to your heart for they are yours forever. You will be in our prayers. With deepest sympathy...The Wilchers

Crystal East
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
I got the pleasure of meeting Sandy a couple times when she stopped in my store in hope she was very kind and careing. God only takes the best and when he called Sandy home he got a very special angel . My boys have autism and Sandy made them see it was ok to be different and unique she will be sadly missed by many.

Martha Literal
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
I met Sandy when I worked as a Hostess at Heritage House Smorgasbord in Indianapolis. I was just a teenager then, but I remembered how nice and pleasant she was to seat and wait on. She always had a smile on her face. Someone said she had a heart bigger than she was, and I believe it to be so. I often followed her on the news, but never got to see her again once I left the Heritage House. I am proud to have known her, even if it was for a short while a long time ago. She will surely be missed by all. Heaven has one more angel today, and I think she is in charge of laughter and smiles.

Kenneth Bays
   Posted Thu August 14, 2008
To the family and friends of Sandy Allen I send my deepest sympathy. Sandy was one person I totally admired. I will miss her. God Bless.

Rick L. Gray
   Posted Fri August 15, 2008
Sandy was a classmate of mine,I am sorry to hear this. RIP

Amy Fowler
   Posted Fri August 15, 2008
My children & I met Sandy several years ago at an appearance she was making. She was very friendly and open to answering the questions of all the children. My sympathies to her family & friends.

James & Eleanor Lipofski (Vincent)
   Posted Fri August 15, 2008
Our Condolences to the Allen family. Sandy was a wonderful person and a lot of fun at the wrestling matches in Chicago at the amphitheater when she would go with my dad (Late Thomas B. Vincent). No one would stand up in front of her so we were able to watch the entire match without obstruction. She really enjoyed herself.

Rick Jones
   Posted Fri August 15, 2008
Sandy came to my home 2 yrs ago when I had some kittens to give away. She picked the "scrawniest" one in the bunch and said "I am going to name this one Runt, the smallest cat in the world for the tallest woman in the world". She had such a wonderful personality and she will be truly missed.

Lancy Mason
   Posted Fri August 15, 2008
I grew up in Shelbyville and remember seeing Sandy at Hardees after church. She would always have a little crowd around her and would patiently answer everyones curious questions. She couln't fit in the booths, so she would just sit on the tables. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. She was a wonderful lady.
Lancy Mason

Rebecca Heltsley
   Posted Fri August 15, 2008
With deepest sympathy to Sandy's family. Sandy will be sadly missed all over the world, especially in Shelbyville.

Dave Conroy
   Posted Sat August 16, 2008
I, as have many others, instantly warmed to Sandy at a Tall Club convention, several years ago, a wonderful lady. Sandys presence will be duly noted, as we continue her work, teaching others to accept those who are different.

My thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends, may she rest in peace.

Lewis and Virginia Blaich
   Posted Sat August 16, 2008
I have known Sandy since she was a little girl. She was in my VBS class at Vine Street Church. We visited her in Niagara Falls, Canada. She was so happy to see someone from her home town. We loved and respected her. She was a wonderful lady. We will miss her. Because of ill health I cannot attend the visitation or the funeral. That makes me sad. May God be with the family and comfort them is our prayer.

Christy Brokering
   Posted Sat August 16, 2008
hey i'm sorry hear about that sandy ok i'm soooooo sorry

Vincent Hall
   Posted Sat August 16, 2008
I am very sorry to hear about Sandy's passing. I admire her for her positive outlook, and for sharing the fact that is ok to be different. I will remember her for a long time.

LaKishia Fagel ,Monica Holloway
   Posted Sat August 16, 2008
Hello, to the family I am sorry to here of ms allen's passing. I was raised in shelby county also. when i was younger i swam with her gtrandma. Ms. Allen was the sweetest Woman i have met. I will Miss her greatly, an she will Never be Forgotten.

Love, LaKishia

Karen Martin
   Posted Sat August 16, 2008
I met Sandy when we were in elementary school together. We became good friends and i remember how caring she always was and how she loved to laugh.I feel honored knowing her and being a part of her life. My heart goes out to her family. To me she was God's amazing creation and there will never be another like her.She will be missed so much. Till we meet again Sandy.. sleep well.

eric & kristina wainscott
   Posted Sat August 16, 2008

Theresa Phares-Reeder
   Posted Sat August 16, 2008
Thank you Sandy for all the fun, crazy memories!
You are loved and missed!

Shaun Aisbitt
   Posted Sun August 17, 2008
God Bless You Sandy and your Grandmother. I pray The Lord will be with your Grandmother comforting her in this sad time. I look forward to the day we will meet in Glory before The Lord, who you and I both love because of what He did for us on the Cross.
Rev Shaun Aisbitt (Ireland's Tallest Man)

Marcia A. Sisson
   Posted Sun August 17, 2008
During my High School years I ran around in Shelbyville. I graduated class of 71. I knew Sandy as a young girl. I have followered her career. She was a sweet Lady. We all will miss her. I will keep her family in my thoughts & prayers.
Love Ya, Marcia A. Sisson Greensburg, In.

Ted Wells
   Posted Sun August 17, 2008
Having first saw Sandy in Jr High School as a Class of '73 classmate, I, like others, had a first impression of Sandy of sorrow as she endured the unpleasant comments of others.

Then I met Sandy. And immediately recognized her as one of the sweetest, most caring and driven persons one could know.

Her life can be a documentary for those special folks whom one should emulate.

She is resting now. She is free from suffering now. She is in a better place now.

God blessed Sandy long ago.

Cheryl Evans
   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
A kind person we all knew has been taken to heaven to rest and be happy. God Bless You Sandy, you will be missed.

   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
I grew up knowing Sandy. My family has always had close ties with her. My Dad is who drove the van for her some of the time. My stepmother tended to Sandy a lot. Sandy babysat me when I was a little girl and I had the honor of having her present about 4 or 5 years ago at one of my birthday parties. Sandy was such a nice person. There is so much in life that she wanted, but because of her heigth she could not have some of those things, but really even if she didnt know, she had everything. She had pride and she carried herself well. I will miss Sandy. She loved animals and children. Both of my boys knew Sandy. She will be greatly missed and my sympathies go out to the family. Such a great hearted person we are all going to miss. She had a big heart!!
R.I.P. Sandy.
God Bless to all and may happiness always find you. :)

Kristy Rankin
   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
Sandy Allen was by far the most inspiring woman I have ever met. Our community has lost a very precious person. She will be greatly missed.

Judy Buster
   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
I have known Sandy since I was a little girl, and I'm very proud to have known her and some of her family. She was a wonderful lady and will be missd alot.. My condolences goes out to her mother, brothers and sister.. God bless you all..... R.I.P SANDY

Carrie Fuchs
   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
God bless Sandy's family and friends.
I know that God is going to look after Sandy

opal flannery
   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
she will be greatly missed by alot of people

mary favors
   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
sandy was a special person and every one loved her

Mary J. Johnson
   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
I grown up around Sandy She was a sweet lady, She is a great person, She has a heart of gold. My Prays go out to her and her family.

Joshua Newbold
   Posted Mon August 18, 2008
Sandy was a kind hearted and loving individual and you all have my families deepest condolences. Sandy was a dear friend and, at one time, roommate of mine. She always had an upbeat look about things, always made me laugh and most importantly helped me to laugh at, and love myself. I have Cerebral Palsy and would get down and out at times. She would pick me up, there were even times when she would stick up for me when someone decided to pick on me. Sandy, I will always cherish the times we had, and heaven is a better place with you being there! Go Rest High on that Mountain MY Friend!

John Mulhare
   Posted Tue August 19, 2008
Beautiful Person. will be greatly missed

Rev. Dave Hirschler
   Posted Wed August 20, 2008
I had the privilege of meeting Sandy at an event where she was doing an appearance and my puppet team was performing. I got to spend a little over a half-hour with her over lunch -- she was sweet, kind, gentle, caring and 100% genuine.

I was amazed hearing her talk of the challenges she faced every day (things that most of us take for granted) and how she overcame the obstacles in her way. She was obviously in some pain the day we met, but she didn't let that slow her down, nor did it wipe the smile off her face. She was there for the children and she gave them her all.

I know there are MANY of us out here who have been touched (maybe even briefly) by Sandy and forever changed by her encouragement and authenticity. She will be greatly missed.

Elizabeth Stevens
   Posted Thu August 21, 2008
I am a very close friend of Sandy. We Played togather when we both little girls, on the same street, a few houses apart. The only time that I was able to play with Sandy, when I was little is on our summer months out of school when I would visit with my dad.

I will miss Sandy a lot. When we both had gotten older, we lost track of each other. I was very sad when I got the word.

Carol Heinricy
   Posted Thu August 21, 2008
Both my husband Philip and I met Sandy.We really enjoyed our time with her.
The last time I saw her was in London at the Guiness Book of Records launch in 1994.
We are both very sad at her passing.

Charlene Lawson
   Posted Thu August 21, 2008
I am very sorry for your lost. I have watched her on a lot of TV. show & in the news. She was quiet a Lady. She will be missed.

Stephen Williams
   Posted Sun August 24, 2008
I admired her and will miss her.

Enrico Delfini Wehr
   Posted Tue August 06, 2013
Dear Sandy, it's something late this condolence, but, I want you know that you were a kind y very valuable human being, for be proud of the person who you were. I still admiring you!!!

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