The money, though, ran out. Sandy and her family sold the island to the state of Georgia in 1978. The deal allows Sandy to remain on Ossabaw, in the family’s Spanish Revival-styled pink mansion, until her death.
A GoFundMe account was established last year to cover Sandy's home health care and to keep the electricity on. She was recently the subject of a Personal Journey profile in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that helped trigger donations to the account.
Nearly $70,000 had been raised from more than 600 people, more than one-third since the AJC story ran. But that wasn’t enough, apparently, to keep Sandy on Ossabaw.
“The Ossabaw Island Foundation, staff, volunteers and guests will miss catching glimpses of Mrs. West traveling around the island with her caretakers and friends,” said Elizabeth DuBose, the foundation’s executive director. “Now that Mrs. West is staying in Savannah we all have the opportunity to visit with her on a regular basis.”
Foundation staff, a caretaker and a state wildlife official will maintain residences on the island. Sandy, though, isn't likely to return.