Sandra Riffey

Granite City | Monday, July 25 2022 |

Sandra D. “Sandy” Riffey, 76, died at 5:55 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2022, at Jerseyville Manor. 

Born November 16, 1945, in Granite City, she was the daughter of Elmon Lee and Mabel Louise (Frazier) Whitsell.  

Sandy was an Operating Room Technician at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Granite City before she became an Operating Room Licensed Practical Nurse at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton.  She served in the medical field for over 25 years. 

On July 2, 1993, she married Terry Ray Riffey in Alton.  He survives. 

Also surviving is a daughter, Deborah Ward (David) of Edwardsville, a son, Mike Adams Jr. (Tammy) of Alton, and four grandchildren, Adam Ward (Abby), Amanda Woods (Scott), Joshua Adams (Tatiana), and Jonah Adams (Larrisa Cook) and 10 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by a sister, Ginny Bettis, and a brother, James Whitsell. 

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Louis Whitsell, and three sisters, Shirley Simms, Edith McClusky, and Mary Smith. 

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2022, at Hearts Harvest Church in Bethalto.  Reverend Terry McKinzie will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.  Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements.  Online guestbook and information may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Gent Funeral Home

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