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Sandra Thomas
  • April 28, 1951
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  • December 06, 2017

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Sandra L. (Sandy) Thomas passed away on Dec. 6, 2017. She was born on April 28, 1951 in Savannah, Georgia. Being the daughter of a father serving in the United States Air Force, Sandy also lived in England and California before making Orlando her home. It was in 1967 at Boone High School, in Mrs. Odam’s 11th grade English class, that she met her future husband Richard (Rick) Thomas. It was love at first sight for Rick, but not so much for Sandy. That would take a bit of time and patience. They began dating and thus their lives became intertwined for the next 50 years. Sandy moved to Hawaii with family in the spring of 1968 only to return a couple months later by herself to be with Rick. After graduating from Boone in 1969, Sandy attended Orlando Junior College and Valencia Junior College receiving her Associate of Arts Degree. Then it was off to the American Airlines stewardess school in Dallas, Texas where she received her stewardess wings. After being home based at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, she transferred to Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Sandy and Rick married in Arlington, Texas in 1973 and their 44 year marriage began. Upon expecting their first child, Sandy took a maternity leave of absence from the airlines never to return. Being a loving and devoted full time mother and wife was her real goal in life, and that she achieved extraordinarily. Sandy tried her hand at selling Tupperware in the late 70’s and did so very well, but that would come to an end when she realized it was taking too much time away from her family. Years later, with her two boys grown, Sandy became assistant manager at Uniform City in downtown Orlando, becoming manager a short time thereafter. Sandy loved selling retail and helping her customers brought her joy. The friendships made while working there with employees and customers would follow her for the rest of her life. She managed the store for 10 years until she was unable to do so from the effects of chemo therapy due to a cancer diagnosis in 2008. She began being a full time patient and part of the family at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Sandy remained in remission from cancer after receiving a bone marrow transplant at Moffitt. She was under the watchful eyes and loving care for her remaining years by very talented and dedicated Moffitt health care professionals right up until her passing due to complications from her bone marrow transplant. Moffitt also lost a family member that day, but their loving support continues. Sandy touched many souls as a cancer and BMT patient. Being a devoted Christian, her journey gave her the opportunity to spread Christ’s word to many willing listeners. She was always looking for ‘one more soul’ for Him. Sandy’s family and friends will always miss her deeply, but they are assured that she is living the life with Him in Heaven as she was taught and that she believed in with all her heart. She is survived by her husband (Rick), two sons and soulmates (Ian and Christina, Neil and Jen), mother (Arlene Gilmore), stepfather (Dan Gilmore), sister and brother-in-law (Teri and Bruce Judge), brother and sister-in- law (Bruce and Suzanne Campbell), stepmother (Brenda Campbell), mother-in-law (Betty Thomas), brother-in-law and wife (Jim and Barbara Thomas), sister-in-law (Nancy Ware), three granddaughters (Brianna, Trysta, and Keeley) and many wonderful nephews and nieces and their children. Sandy was predeceased by her father Richard Campbell, brother Larry Campbell, sister-in-law Sally Cassatt, brother-in-law Woody Ware, and beautiful granddaughter Kenzie Thomas. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Sandy’s name to the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. Their outstanding care and research are extending and saving many thousands of lives. A memorial for Sandy is being held on January 6th at 2 p.m. at the Central Florida Restoration Church, 682 Mason Ave., Apopka, Fl. Attendees are asked, if possible, to refrain from black attire at the family’s request. Thank you and God bless.

 


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  1. Audrey Walker lit a candle:
    06 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 6, 2018 at 1:25:37 PM

  2. Mama & Lovin, Neighbors says:
    06 Jan 2018
    Dear Mr. Rick: We have been so blessed to have had Miss Sandy as our dear neighbor. She was an exceptional woman with a tender spirit and a big heart. She was courageous and resilient. We are privileged to have received words of wisdom from her for ourselves and for our daughters. In her passing the world has lost one of its best and brightest shining stars, and for heaven an angel has just returned home when she has fully accomplished her mission. Her light and outstanding attitude will continue to guide us in this life and the one to come. We will miss her dearly. Mr. Rick, You have been an awesome husband and will continue to be an amazing and inspiring role model for us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Kim says:
    06 Jan 2018
    Words escape me to express my condolence for your immeasurable loss, but know Sandy is elevated in comforting hands. Thank you for allowing me to be there to honor one of the truly most pure and beautiful spirits in one human being I have ever been lucky enough to be present with, if only for a short while.

  4. Chloe Bethel lit a candle:
    05 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 5, 2018 at 1:51:01 PM

  5. Cindy Harris Ingersol says:
    04 Jan 2018
    Rick and family,
    I was honored to be a friend of Sandy's during my years at Boone. I will always remember her bright, warm smile. She was truly an individual who enjoyed each moment of life. One of her pictures in the Boone yearbook showed her signing the senior sidewalk.....again her smile and happiness showing for all of us to enjoy.
    My prayers are with you during this time.

  6. Janet IR lit a candle:
    03 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 3, 2018 at 1:44:24 PM

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    02 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 2, 2018 at 1:06:16 PM

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    02 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 2, 2018 at 1:09:23 PM

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    02 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 2, 2018 at 1:08:59 PM

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    02 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 2, 2018 at 1:35:11 PM

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    02 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 2, 2018 at 1:49:15 AM

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    02 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 2, 2018 at 1:44:25 AM

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    02 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 2, 2018 at 1:22:30 AM

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    02 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 2, 2018 at 1:21:50 AM

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    01 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 1, 2018 at 1:34:39 PM

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    01 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 1, 2018 at 1:52:46 PM

  17. Deb Dolezar says:
    01 Jan 2018
    Dear Rick and family, how can I condense 40 years of friendship into only a few words? She was the sister my heart chose and nobody could ever hope for a better one. Regardless of how she was feeling, she was always available to smile, laugh, cry, commiserate , whatever was needed—she was there. Knowing that she is now able to look into the face of the God she so loved is what makes her loss somewhat bearable. Her life revolved around those she loved and I feel so fortunate to have been counted among them. She will always be remembered and forever missed.

  18. Lori, Moffitt RN says:
    31 Dec 2017
    I wish there were words I could offer to you to comfort you Rick, you are the epitome of a selfless partner. I witnessed you suffer and rally every time she did. You shared her journey until the end. I hope you'll find solace and comfort that she is indeed in a much better place. Thinking of you with lots of love. My best to your dear family also.

  19. Amber Anthony, Moffitt Onc tech says:
    30 Dec 2017
    I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend Sandy's service but I just want to tell you that I am so happy that I met Sandy. It was unfortunate that it was in the hospital and I wished I met her in a different setting. But Sandy and Rick always made me laugh and Sandy always had a smile to share. Thank you for looking at my baby pictures and hearing my crazy stories, I hope they brought you a little comfort. I will miss you terribly and thank you for teaching me about how to be more compassionate.

  20. Nicole, Moffitt RN says:
    29 Dec 2017
    I want so much to attend Sandy's service, but unfortunately, I will be working. Sandy was an amazing, wonderful person. I enjoyed every single day I spent with Sandy. We were torn every time we saw her come back. We all loved to see Sandy, but we never wanted her to have to come back and see us again. I hope she is at peace. She touched a lot of hearts, and we mourn her loss.

  21. Rosetta Hall says:
    27 Dec 2017
    I can still see Sandy's beautiful smile. Sandy touched my heart those couple of days. I feel so honored I had a chance to meet and talk to Sandy and Rick. I will forever hold a place in my heart for her.

  22. Karla Adams says:
    27 Dec 2017
    Sandy was a beautiful lady. Always happy and encouraging others regardless of how much she was going through physically. She will be missed greatly. I am very thankful to have had the privilege to have cared for her.

  23. Karla Adams says:
    27 Dec 2017
    Sandy was a light to all who saw her regardless of how much she endured. I am very thankful to have had the privilege to have cared for her. We will miss her very much.

  24. Rick Guyer says:
    27 Dec 2017
    A honor and privilege to know you and be a part of your wonderful life.

  25. Dawn Cobb says:
    26 Dec 2017
    Rick,
    Sandy was my light on many a dark day. I would think of her and how she had so much fight and spirit and know that I was doing God's will. She will be missed and I will think of her often.

  26. Sandy Vick lit a candle:
    26 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 26, 2017 at 12:16:16 PM

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    26 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 26, 2017 at 12:41:36 PM

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