Sandra "Sandie" Elaine Raley-Tippett, 57
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Mount Zion United Methodist Church Mechanicsville, MD with Pastor Ann Strickler officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, MD. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD . Sandra (Sandie) Elaine Raley-Tippett, 57, of Hollywood, MD, passed away peacefully on May 19th, 2012 at home on Clarke’s Landing Road, Hollywood, MD with her loving family beside her after a intense battle with double hit Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sandie was born May 06th, 1955 in Washington DC; she was the daughter of Marie B. Raley (Burch) of Hollywood, MD. She was predeceased in death by her father Ralph I. Raley, as well as her step father F. Elliott Burch, Sr., and her step daughter, Denise Nicholson. She is survived by her husband Joseph Albert Tippett, brother Garry M. Raley Sr. (Jeanne) of Callaway, MD and step-daughter Karen Casamento (Steve) of King George, VA. Sandie loved spending time with her husband Joe, with whom she shared many interests such as dogs, fishing, little league baseball spectator, cards, dancing as well as being the Business Manager of Joe Tippett Construction. Joe and Sandie traveled frequently in recent years to their retirement get-a-way spot in Warsaw, VA. Sandie retired from her career as a DOD employee after 37 years in January 2011. Her last position was with OSD’s Defense Acquisition University, Mid-Atlantic Region where she served as their Director of Operations. Prior to that, she worked for the Navy for 30 years in support of various programs and positions, primarily for the Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Air Warfare Center. Of particular note was the 18 years as Project Coordinator, Resources Manager, and Class Desk Analyst for the V-22 Osprey Program. She also served as the United States Navy Test Pilot School Budget Officer/Manager along with analyst positions in support of the Base Housing Office Naval Air Test Center, Systems Engineering Test Directorate and Naval Air Station, Public Works. Sandie received the Dept of the Navy "Meritorious Civilian Service Award" and “Superior Civil Service Award”, along with numerous other awards, coins, and accommodations over her federal government career (including one as “Miss Public Works”). Additionally, she served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Southern Maryland Coon Hunters’ Association for 25 plus years, as well as United Kennel Club (UKC) Bench Show Judge. Sandie enjoyed playing softball in the St. Mary’s County Softball League (Bill Cairns Pontiac, Tippett’s Texaco (Uncle Clem’s Girls), American Legion, and Take-It Easy Ranch) where she was once a player on the Maryland State Champion Team in 1979 (Take-It-Easy-Ranch) as well as two county Championship titles (American Legion & Take-It-Easy-Ranch). She also was a player/member and Secretary/Treasurer of the Monday Night Duckpin Bowling League (Thrift Oil Company). Sandie also enjoyed and played league volleyball as well (Tippett’s Texaco). The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Mount Zion United Methodist Church Mechanicsville, MD with Pastor Ann Strickler officiating.Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Sandie Raley-Tippett to Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636, St. Mary’s Hospital Cancer Care and Infusion Services P.O. Box 527 Leonardtown, MD 20650, and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.