Sandra Marie Morton (Kiebert) was born on March 12, 1958 in Madera California to Fred and Lorene Morton. The second of three girls, she became her fathers only "son", a tomboy who could give any boy a run for their money. She attended school in Madera and was active in 4H as well as FFA. Sandra graduated from Madera High School in 1976. Throughout her teenage years she worked side by side with her dad, driving harrowbeds for his business. She was the farmers daughter and the work ethic her dad and mom instilled in her lasted throughout her life. On March 12, 1977, on her 19th birthday she married Raymond Wright in Madera, CA. In 1978 they moved to Idaho with family to begin a new life in the Treasure Valley. In 1979 she gave birth to the first of her two children, a daughter they named Melissa Anne. Her and her husband took up residence on Foote Acres Angus ranch, where Ray worked as a farm hand while she beer tended at the Snake River Inn in Melba. Ranching life was hard and they eventually moved to Boise where she began working for Idaho Candy Company. In 1985 she gave birth to her second child, a son they named Cory James. She continued working for Idaho Candy Co where she met her second husband, Coe Kiebert, whom she married in 2000. They settled into a life of camping, fishing, and enjoying watching their blended children: Melissa, Cory, Jessica and John Coe, grow. In 2006 the first of 4 grandchildren was born to her daughter and son in law, her only grandson, KJ. From there on out she was known as Nana. Three granddaughters followed years later: Lily, Evelyn, and Elsie, all born to her son and daughter in law. She found the greatest joy in her grandchildren and much to her childrens chagrin, she spoiled them with treats and gifts. She is survived by: her daughter, Melissa Mitchell, her husband Kevan and their son KJ as well as her son Cory Wright, his wife Ashley and their daughters Lily, Evelyn, and Elsie, her mother Lorene Morton, and her sister Trissy Morton.
She is also survived by Coe Kiebert, husband and friend. She is preceded in death by her Father, Fred Morton.
A note from Melissa:
My mom was the hardest working, strongest woman I have ever known and I hope I am half the woman she was.
Mom, I sit here, writing your obituary and I dont know how to convey how I truly felt about you. As cliche as it may sound, you were my best friend. Not that everything was all roses and rainbows, because there are definately times in my life where choking you would have made me feel a whole lot better! I could not have asked for a better mother or nana for my son...you were a lifesaver and the best babysitter I could have asked for! Having you live with us the last 6 months was such a blessing and joy, as I got to know you again...and the fact that you did my laundry throughout that time was a bonus!!...you brought me into this world and showered me with love and understanding. I hope that I gave you comfort in your last moments, because you have me comfort my whole life.
A note from Cory:
My mommy was the best mommy I could have ever asked for. When I was a little boy she always called me her little buddy and she was always there for me. She worked hard to provide for us, and gave us all we ever needed. Three years ago I decided to leave the Air Force and at first I thought it was a mistake, but knowing that I got to spend these last few years with her, and that she got to watch her grandkids grow tells me that it was no mistake at all. You'll always be in my heart. I'll see you in a while.