Sandra Johnson (October 31, 1936 - January 18, 2024)

In loving memory of
Sandra Johnson
  • October 31, 1936
  • -
  • January 18, 2024

  • Obituary

Obituary

Sandra Mae Johnson, age 87, died suddenly at her home in North Port, Florida on Thursday January 18,2024. Sandra was born in East Providence, Rhode Island, on October 31, 1936 to the late John Almeida and Lena Barchi Almeida.

In addition to her parents, Sandra is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Frederick Johnson and one brother, John Almeida, Jr.

Sandra is survived by her brother, Ronald Almeida of Vallejo, CA, and 3 nephews, Charles Almeida of San Angelo, TX, Duane Almeida of Napa, CA, and Joseph Almeida of Suisun CA.

Sandra spent her early years growing up in East Providence, Rhode Island where she worked as a telephone operator. She moved to California in 1957 and worked as a secretary, but she did not stay long, as she missed the east coast. Upon her return to East Providence, Rhode Island, Sandra was able to obtain a home loan and purchase her first house on her own merit. This was the first loan ever granted by the bank to a single female.

While working as an administrative assistant for Equipment Handling Company, a division of Allis Chambers, she met the love of her life. She married Carl Frederick Johnson on December 14,1974 at Our Lady of Loreto Church in East Providence Rhode Island. Sandra and Fred owned a summer home on Onset Island (Wareham, Mass) which is the last town before crossing over the bridges to Cape Cod, Mass. They loved the island life and shared their time here with family and friends. Both of them enjoyed digging for qua-hog and soft-shell clams.

Upon retiring, Sandra and Fred moved to Port Charlotte, Florida in 1993 where they built a new home. Sandra was an active member of her community in Tree Tops where she lived for 28 years and served multiple terms on the board. She also served multiple terms on the El Jobean Water Association board.

Sandra had boundless energy and a joy for life. Her passion was food, wine, cooking gourmet meals and entertaining her friends. Some of her signature dishes were seafood lasagna, lobster bisque and prime rib. A holiday was not complete without her double crust apple pie. She turned her cooking talent into a part time job which she continued to do well into her 80’s. Sandra was a selling event specialist for Peace River Deli Provisions Company from 2004 until 2019. This was a job she loved because she was able to interact with the public and be able to create her own recipes, some of which she won prizes for. Sandra revealed her secret desire was to be a food network chef.

Sandra loved her family. Although they lived across the country in California, she spoke of them often. She was delighted to have her great nephew, Dominic come to Florida for visits. They enjoyed dinning at local restaurants in Punta Gorda and Venice Beach. They shared a love of baseball.  Sandra spent an entire weekend, at age 85, driving to Tampa for a series of games. The Oakland A’s (Dominic’s home team) were playing against the Tampa Bay Rays. Dominic attended water aerobics with Sandra and some neighborhood happy hours.  Sandra was also an avid New England Patriots fan and loved Tom Brady.

After losing her husband Fred, of 45 years on 5/16/2020, Sandra moved to Talon Bay in North Port, Florida in April of 2021. She continued her journey of sharing her talent for cooking and entertaining, all of which included a bit of wine and lots of love. At age 87, when many people have lost most of their friends, Sandra was still making new friends and recipes in a new community.

Sandra was the epitome of the energizer bunny. She never stopped, never slowed down and was still going to the gym every day. On many an occasion, a trip to the gym was followed by a trip to Abbe’s for doughnuts and coffee with her gym buddies. She had motorized feet and they were “gassed up” all the time and ready to go. Sandra loved Trader Joe’s in Sarasota. Her trips there always included returning with food items for friends and neighbors.  All you had to say was “does anyone want to?” and Sandra would say “I’m in”. Sandra was kind, funny and a friend you could always count on. She was generous to a fault and would share all that she had with anyone. Her smile was contagious and her laughter infectious.

Sandra was AMAZING!

You are loved and missed by so many people.

Interment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Port Meals on Wheels 13624 Tamiami Trail Box 227 North Port, Fl 34287


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