Sandy Horton
September 27, 1940 - November 17, 2022

Sandy Horton

Sandy Horton
Sep 27, 1940 - Nov 17, 2022

Sandy Horton
Iframe toggler
Find Us On Facebook
Plan Ahead
Free Grief Support

Livestream link for Funeral Service:

Sandra Raye Hart Horton age 82, of Ames, Iowa died at Green Hills Healthcare, on November 17, 2022. A visitation will be 4-6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in the Sarah Barlow Lounge, (Please use the South doors) 159 Sheldon Ave., Ames, Iowa. Funeral service for Sandra, will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 23, at Collegiate Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Sandy was born September 27, 1940, in Des Moines, Iowa to Ray and Reba Blagg Hart. She graduated from Bondurant High School in 1958 and from Iowa State University in 1962 with a degree in Child Development and Home Economics. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority where she served in many positions. She was always proud of her Delta Zeta heritage.

She met Richard Ewers Horton on an arranged blind date for the Fall Registration Dance at the ISU Memorial Union and the rest is history. The couple married on August 26, 1962 at the Bondurant Christian Church. They celebrated their 60th Anniversary this past August. They made their home in Ames where Sandy and Dick started D&D Digital Systems. D&D specializes in sorority and fraternity recruitment and is also the national matching center for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 1992 Sandy was recognized as the Woman Entrepreneur of the year by the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

Sandy was a member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church, PEO, Iowa State Alumnae Association, and Ames Golf and Country Club. She served as Delta Zeta recruitment advisor and started the Big Brother/Big Sister Sibling Classes at Mary Greeley Medical Center. Sandy and Dick enjoyed all things Iowa State. They were Cy's Favorite Alums in 2003. They were honored to be awarded the Iowa State Alumnae Medal in 2011. In 2018 they were awarded the Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Dick Horton of Ames, her children, Jay (Molly) Horton, and their twin sons, Charlie and Jaxon, of San Antonio, TX, Lisa (Chad) Snyder and their children Britta and Brock of Ames, sister Sue (Dean) Longnecker, of Johnston, brother, Charles (Buffy) Hart of Ankeny, and many nieces and nephews.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Reba Hart, sister and brother-in-law Mary and Cornelius Hutton, sister-in-law Eleanor Smith and her father and mother-in-law Charles and Dorothy Horton.

Memorials contributions made in memory of Sandy will be designated to the Sandy Horton Delta Zeta Scholarship at Iowa State University. Contributions can be sent to the Iowa State University Foundation (2505 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50010.or follow this link,

Online condolences may be directed to

Theresa Benson on Feb 12, 2023

Knowing Sandy was an immense gift and actually changed how Joel and I decorate our home for the holidays. We were gifted an opportunity to see their beautiful Christmas tree, and were so inspired with the idea of hanging our holiday updates for each year as “ornaments” that we’ve done it ever since. It is a piece of her and Dr. Horton that lives on in our home.

Marilyn Texteum on Dec 20, 2022

I have known Sandy since we were basketball rivals in junior high and then sorority sisters at Delta Zeta. She always kept us connected with Christmas cards and I enjoyed every one. I will miss her loving and caring grace. Marilyn Textrum

Jim Van Buren on Nov 29, 2022

Sandy was a great neighbor, quintessential hostess, dedicated Iowa State fan and friend. She will be missed. God’s speed, Sandy.

Roberta Vann on Nov 25, 2022

Although we did not know Sandy well, she was a great neighbor and we have fond memories of the fabulous neighborhood Christmas parties she gave annually in her home. It was a special time. Our sincere sympathies to her family.
Roberta Vann and Fred Lorenz

Doug Kwikkel on Nov 22, 2022

Words cannot express how much I appreciate all you did for Theta Delta Chi and myself. Learned so much and you inspired me to continue to be involved just as you were for DZ. Always by Dicks side and the forever a true proud Cyclone. A special lady whose memories will last with me forever. Won't be the same this Christmas without the Horton Christmas letter, never just a copy but you always took the time to add your personal touch. Sandy, rest in God's loving arms. God Bless you!

Sherry and Terry Smay on Nov 22, 2022

We are very sad to hear of Sandy's passing. She was a very capable person with many accomplishments. Sherry and I hope her family will find peace as they share memories of her.

Tom Walsh Jr on Nov 22, 2022

I truly appreciated Sandy's kindness and hospitality providing holiday parties at their home with husband Dick Horton. I believe she hosted an annual party for 40 years allowing the College Heights neighbors to reconnect and share stories over numerous interesting topics including ISU. Thank you for these fond memories and for all of your contributions to the community.

Sandy and Frank Sauer on Nov 22, 2022

Dick and family, Frank and I send our condolences. It is hard to believe Sandy has died, she was such an alive person. I knew her a bit when we were ISU students and better when I worked at ISU in the 70's. Then Frank and I married and bought a house on Donald Street and our oldest child was born around the same time as you were, Lisa. You girls might have attended the same preschool. Dick, we will remember Sandy and your generous and thoughtful gifts of time and get togethers and Christmas greetings. Sandy was so good at so many things. We are so sorry for your loss. Sandy and Frank Sauer

Joyce Johannson on Nov 21, 2022

Sandy was a dedicated role model and advisor for us at Delta Zeta - not only there in Ames, but on the national stage as well. She was a connector - sharing stories and history that brought DZ sisters together regardless of age or geographies. She touched hundreds of lives, and leaves behind a lasting legacy.

Tom Goodale on Nov 20, 2022

I came to know Sandy, first through our respective membership in ISU's fraternities and sororities. As both a student and later when I returned as Assistant and Associate Dean of Students, she was in several important leadership roles. Her husband Dick was likewise and through the years as others have noted they were rewarded as alumni for all they have given. The Horton legacy will remain because of her work and I know Dick will continue to do so. Tom Goodale

Miriam Jones Kenning on Nov 20, 2022

I met Sandy when I was a little girl and she and my older sister Gwyn were DZ’s together. Then I, too, became a DZ…… where I made special friends and met Sandy again! Dick and Sandy were back in my life again as she consoled me when my sister and brother in law passed away this summer in Ames. I was so glad to see her and Dick then. What kind, wonderful, positive people!! Miriam Jones Kenning

Judy Fay on Nov 20, 2022

I knew Sandy through Delta Zeta. All of the Iowa colleges sent their presidents and me to the National DZ Convention at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. That is where I got to know Sandy. She was a helpful presence and a kind guiding hand at Delta Zeta.

Avis Pohl on Nov 20, 2022

My heartfelt sympathy to Dick and Sandy’s family.
We lived next door to Sandy and Dick on Village Drive when we were all first married and I looked forward to their Christmas Letter for the next fifty years, I lived across the street from them on Country Club Blvd. when I came back to Ames thirty years later. At Christmastime Dick delivered Sandy’s
homemade Holiday Bread Wreaths to the neighbors and their annual Christmas parties were enjoyed by more of their friends every year.
I join the Ames Community each in our own way in honoring Sandy for all she has meant to us.

Nancy Ambrose on Nov 20, 2022

CandleDeepest sympathy to the family and everyone that knew Sandy. I have admired her since 4-H and Delta Zeta days --- she is someone that I always loved and looked up to. Sandy, thank you for all you taught me, for caring, for your example, guidance, love and all the wonderful memories.

Ken Gittins on Nov 20, 2022

Heartfelt sympathy to Dick and family. A continually amazing contributor for life.

Ken Gittins

Jill Baumgartner Kuhfus on Nov 19, 2022

When I think of Delta Zeta - I cannot help but think of Sandy. We were so incredibly blessed to have always had Sandy in our corner. Some of my most favorite memories as an ISU DZ involved recruitment and Sandy! It was such a privilege to be a part of the recruitment committee and work so closely with her. She cared so much and taught us so much. We always joked she bled pink and green! One time, years later, I came back to ISU with my family. We drove by the sorority house to show my young daughter and hopped out quick to take a picture. Sandy came running out of the house as it was pref night (we had no clue!) and she wasn’t sure who we were or what we were doing. She recognized me almost immediately (I was so honored!) and just as quickly welcomed us in for a quick tour of the house and all its changes. She was truly a kind, wonderful woman who touched so many and leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Sandy - you will be deeply missed!

Audrey Hansen Gutz on Nov 19, 2022

Dear Dick and family, I am so sorry for loss of such a wonderful woman. Her life was well lived. I was fortunate enough to be Vice President / pledge trainer for her pledge class in the late ‘50’s. What a grand reward for Delta Zeta that she chose us! She has been my connection to DZ and Iowa State all these years and will miss her greatly. Audrey Hansen Gutz

Belinda Bergdahl Lyons on Nov 19, 2022

Sandy served her family, her university, and her community with skill and valor. I shared her appreciation for Delta Zeta, my grandchildren attended her Big Brother/Big Sister classes, and my kindergarten students became aware of the importance of hand washing, all thanks to Sandy Horton. She will be sorely missed.

Kate Tinguely on Nov 19, 2022

Sandra was a beautiful woman and a beautiful example of someone who gave of herself to others through her dedication and love. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. We will miss her so much. -The Tinguelys

Peg Taylor on Nov 19, 2022

Dear Dick, Lisa & Jay,
My sincerest condolences to you and your families. The loss of your beautiful wife, mother, and
grandmother and loyal supporter in every way will be
sorely missed. It’s been a privilege to know Sandy in an honor to be part of her village. I’m so grateful to her many words of wisdom that I will always cherish With love, Peggi Taylor

It’s truly been an honor to know Sandy and a privilege to be part of her village. Her many words of wisdom keep ringing in my ears, and for that I am truly grateful.



Add a photo


Collegiate Presbyterian Church
159 North Sheldon Ave
Ames, IA 50014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Collegiate Presbyterian Church
159 North Sheldon Ave
Ames, IA 50014
10:00 AM

Iframe toggler
Find Us On Facebook
Plan Ahead
Free Grief Support
Sandy Horton

Sign in to add your memory

Login with Facebook

We will never post without permission

Just for verification: we never spam!

Sandy Horton

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Sandy Horton

Add to Your Calendar

Sandy Horton

Obit Checkin

Sandy Horton

Obituary Notifications

Grief Support

Sandy Horton

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Sandy Horton

Get Updates - SMS notifications

Thank you for sharing your memory of Sandra

Help show your support by providing a gift of flowers and spreading the word.

Spread the Word

Help friends and acquaintances of Sandra leave memories by sharing to Facebook

Share to Facebook Share on Facebook

"Faith, hope, love; but the greatest of these is love"