Sara Ann “Sally” Sands departed this life and walked into the arms of her Lord Jesus on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman, IL. There will be a private, family-only service officiated by Pastor Rod Godley of Vermilion Heights Christian Church, with entombment at Springhill Cemetery Mausoleum.
Sally was born June 9, 1935 in Danville, IL to John A. and Martha G. (Watson) Strain. She married Loring B. “Larry” Sands on July 30, 1955; he survives. Also surviving are a son, John B. (Kelly) Sands of Danville; a daughter, Lori A. (Tracy) Enos of Danville; grandchildren Kyle Sands of Peoria, IL, Jenna (Joshua) Johnson of Bloomington, IL, Amy (Phil) Lacy of Oakwood, IL, Nick Bott (Lindsey Stewart) of Covington, IN; great grandchildren Eli Sands, Elizabeth and Catherine Lacy and Thorin Bott.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Stephen A. Sands, and a granddaughter Kyra E. Sands.
Sally attended Garfield Elementary School and graduated from Danville High School in 1954. There she was a proud member of the A Capella choir and had a solo performance in the 1954 Moments Musical. Music being her passion, she sang in church choirs over the years at First Presbyterian, St. James United Methodist and Vermilion Heights Christian churches with a pure, sweet voice. Sally worked at Recording & Statistical Company for a few short years until leaving to start a family. She adored children which led not only to her raising three of her own, but babysitting for family, friends and neighbor children. She loved singing and listening to music, watching classic movies and musicals in the theatre and on television, playing card games with family and friends, and taking long car rides with her family and in the latter years with her beloved husband – enjoying all the wildlife around her. While we know she is now free from the suffering of Alzheimer’s Disease, and ultimately Covid-19, we will dearly miss her quick wit, her infectious laugh, her selfless spirit and the love she shared with us all. But we know before long, we will see her again in Heaven.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sally’s name may be made to the Pleasant Meadows Senior Living Activities Fund in care of Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home and Crematory, 10 E. Williams Street, Danville, IL 61832.
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