Sandra True Halkett, 63, of Winslow, Maine, died unexpectedly at her home on September 12, 2016. She was the daughter of James E. and Geraldine I. Halkett (deceased) of Bangor. Sandi was born December 22, 1953, in Bangor, Maine. She attended Bangor public schools and graduated from Bangor High School in 1972.
Sandi attended the University of Maine at Farmington, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1976. She began her 19-year teaching career at Mary Snow School in Bangor and delighted students there and at Fairmont School, Abraham Lincoln School, Fruit Street School, and Garland Street Middle School with her outside-the-box teaching style. She loved her students and many of them felt similarly. In 1988-1989 she took a sabbatical leave to complete her master's degree in middle-level education at the University of Maine. She was the author of Things You Always Wanted To Know About Middle Level Education But Didn't Know Where To Look, published in 1989. She said of it, "Not a best seller!"
During these school years she was active in more than 20 organizations. She was pleased to be State Senator Mary-Ellen Maybury's campaign manager in 1988. In 1997 she left teaching to pursue her interest in things of the spirit. Sandi opened her first shop, Back Door to the Moon, in Oakland, Maine in 1997. It closed in 1998 and she reopened later that year at the Loon Cove Golf Course in Skowhegan. She moved her business to Winslow in 2000 and continued offering a cup of tea, spiritual counsel, and a book or crystal to whoever came through the door. Back Door to the Moon closed in 2009. She continued to offer spiritual counsel and readings and also taught in different venues until her death.
Sandi is survived by a brother, Thomas and his wife, Diane, of Orono, Maine; four nephews, Stuart McCluer and his wife, Lane, of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, Jesse Halkett and Rowland Halkett of New York City and Ezra Halkett of Bar Harbor, Maine; one niece, Mariah Halkett of New York City; a stepniece, Lucia Helder, of Halifax, Nova Scotia; two great-nieces, Lilly and Margaret McCluer; and a great-nephew, Bates McCluer, all of South Carolina. Sandi was thankful for her friends, students, and colleagues that she developed over the years and with whom she spoke often in recent days.
Sandi was very happy around a camp fire or kayaking with friends. No one who visited her store can forget the warm welcome they received from Moon ("Moonie"), her miniature dachshund. They were inseparable for more than 13 years. Sandi also loved camping at Searsport Shores and spent two of her happiest seasons there.
A celebration of her life will be held at Searsport Shores, 216 West Main Street, Searsport, Maine, on Saturday, September 24, at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring wildflowers and beer. Contributions may be made to: Temple Heights Spiritual Camp, Scholarship Fund, PO Box 311, Lincolnville, ME 04849. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.