Sandra Kay (Maytag) Edelbrock

Sandra Kay (Maytag) Edelbrock died peacefully Tuesday, November 7, 2017, with her family by her side after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Born Saturday, July 9, 1949, at Mercy Hospital in Marshalltown, she was the youngest daughter of Warren Glen and Evelyn (Weir) Maytag, of Laurel, Iowa. Sandy graduated from SEMCO High School in 1967 and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Iowa in 1974. Her clinical internship was completed at M.D. Anderson Tumor Research Hospital in Houston, Texas. She obtained her Specialist in Blood Banking certification from the American Association of Clinical Pathologists in 1975 through the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Sandy was a medical technologist in the field of transfusion medicine her entire working life. She worked at the Clinical Center Blood Bank at the NIH, Children’s Hospital National Medical Center (Washington, DC), the American Red Cross (Omaha, NE), Central Blood Bank (Pittsburgh, PA), Worcester Memorial Hospital (Worcester, MA), and Geisinger Health System (State College, PA). She retired from Athens Regional Hospital (Athens, GA) in 2015.

Sandy was an avid quilter who favored traditional block patterns, Amish designs and complex contemporary geometric designs. She was known for precisely piecing highly intricate quilt tops with stunning color palettes. She liked batik fabrics with subtle textures and color variations. She advocated healthy lifestyles and was active in the gym community of Athens Health and Fitness (Watkinsville, GA). She was a superb cook specializing in French and Mediterranean cuisine and she grew African Violets of various varieties and colors.

Sandy was in the care of Compassus Hospice in Irondale, AL. Mourning her passing are her husband Craig Edelbrock (Bogart, GA and Tuscaloosa, AL); daughter Conner Edelbrock, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; and her son Kellen Edelbrock, from Bloomington, Indiana. Deeply grieved by this loss are her niece Cheryl Anderson from Kenosha, Wisconsin; niece Alicia (David) Holmes Purdy, of Fairbanks, Alaska; and nephew Kai (Debra) Anderson, of the Woodlands, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Eileen Homes and Kathe Anderson. May they rest in peace.

Sandy will be laid to rest at Graceland Cemetery in Laurel, Iowa, in a private family graveside ceremony with Rev. Kevin Edelbrock presiding. In lieu of flowers, Sandy said that those so inclined could contribute to the American Cancer Society to defeat this terrible disease (see

The Mitchell Family Funeral Home, 1209 Iowa Avenue West, Marshalltown, Iowa, is handling arrangements for the family.