Sandra R. Merrill Covey was married to world-renowned author, motivational and organizational expert Stephen R. Covey until his death in 2012.
Sandra Merrill met Stephen Covey in Great Britain while he was serving as a full-time missionary and she was traveling as the youngest member (age 17) of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They married on August 14, 1956, and they had nine children.
She was a great support to her husband in all of his endeavors. She served with him when he served as the first president of the Ireland Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. He would often call on her to sing in public without any prior warning. She wrote the forward to his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families and contributed to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marriage. She participated in a 2010 interview with Grand, a digital magazine for grandparents and their families.
In 1960, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in child development and family relations from Brigham Young University. She served as the chair of the Provo Arts Committee and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Covey Center for the Arts. She has been a frequent speaker at BYU Education Week and served as a member of the BYU President’s Council.