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Sandra Moran Pletcher, 46, lost her battle with cancer on November 7, 2015. Sandra was born in Topeka, Kansas on December 20, 1968 to Allen and Cherie Ginter Moran. She grew up in Dover, Kansas and graduated from Mission Valley High School in 1987. Sandra holds three degrees from the University of Kansas: a BS in Journalism, an MA in Public Administration and an MS in Anthropology. She has worked in many fields including political speech writing, newspaper journalism, archaeological tour management, and serving as a professor of Anthropology at Johnson County Community College for14 years. She also was the author of four books. She is survived by her spouse, Cheryl Pletcher, her mother, Cherie Moran (Tom) Myers, her father, Allen (Liz) Moran, a sister, Lauri Moran, a half-sister, Amanda Moran (Terry) Gottschalk , a nephew, Blake (Kayla) Moran, a niece, Jaycee Moran, and a step-brother, Phil (Kristin) Myers. Beyond her family, she leaves behind countless friends and colleagues as well as thousands of devoted readers of her books. A memorial honoring Sandra will be held in the Capitol Federal Room of the Regnier Center on the Johnson County Community College campus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 14th. All who want to celebrate Sandra’s life are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Golden Crown Literary Society (www.goldencrown.org/donations/), a nonprofit 501c3 organization. In the memo line for donations please note “Sandra Moran Scholarship Fund.”
In her own words: “Sandra was a teacher, writer, and international woman of intrigue—though mainly a writer. When she was not running around Kansas City (literally) or torturing college students with the fundamentals of anthropology, she could be found in her lair listening to Pandora and making up stories.” All of us left behind will forever miss her presence.