Sandra ‘Sandi’ R. Muckelston

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Sandra (Sandi) R. Muckelston, 73, of Billings peacefully passed away on July 7, 2017, of natural causes. She was born June 23, 1944, to Oren (Muck) and Alyce (Nation) Muckelston in Lewistown, Montana. After graduating from Fergus County High School in 1962, she graduated with honors from Rocky Mountain College in Billings with degrees in both English and Political Science and a minor in Religion.

Sandi then moved to Boston after graduating from Rocky to work at Harvard University. She decided to become a lawyer and moved to Missoula to earn her degree from the University of Montana. One of her most memorable endeavors while attending U of M, was to be chosen to staff the Montana Constitutional Convention. The experience stayed with her throughout her life. She served as both a professor and acting Dean of the U of M. Her career then led her to becoming the Chief Legal Counsel for the Dept. of Health and Environmental Sciences for the State of Montana. Her next adventure led her to the State of Oregon where she worked for the Dept. of Energy and Dept. of Water Resources. She loved Oregon and Washington and lived there for some time. She supervised environmental and permitting reviews for the Hermiston Power Project in Hermiston, Oregon.

She had an enviable career and always pushed herself to be the best.

She loved the outdoors; her many fur babies; reading; researching; life-long learning; her family and friends; flowers; a good debate; and helping others. She came to live with her sister as she dealt with various health issues. She will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her sister, Sheryle (Sherri) Shandy of Billings, her niece, Shawna Shandy of Vancouver, Washington, an aunt Berniece Stewart of Waverly, Illinois, several cousins, many friends, and her two fur babies, Smudge and Charlie.

Sandi was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Sandi’s Life will be held on her birthday, June 23, 2018, in the Sapphire Room of the Yogo Inn in Lewistown, from 1 p.m.--3 p.m. with committal of her cremated remains with her parents to follow at the Lewistown City Cemetery. Please bring your favorite Sandi stories to share at this casual gathering. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at



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