Sandra Lynn Pearce, 65, of Manchester, passed away on July 10, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA., moving to Connecticut in 1982. She was predeceased by her father, Robert Cornish. She is survived by her mother, Helen (Younkin) Cornish. Sandy also leaves two daughters, Dawn and husband John Wood and Renee Bark, both from Georgia. Also, sisters Kathy (Casey) and husband Dave Ohlund and Donna Cornish, brother Robert Jr. and wife Kim Cornish, nephew Robert Cornish III, and mate Mindi Gilpin, grand nephew Lukas Cornish, niece Jamie and husband Don Shepherd, grand nieces Marjorie and Abby. She also leaves five grandchildren, Ashley, Amber and Robert Van Clief, Katlyn and Frances Bark and a new joy in her life, her great granddaughter Anslee Bark. Sandy displayed her artistic talents in her crafts and gardens, both of which gave her joy. She also enjoyed finding an addition to one of her collections at tag or estate sales. She always had a smile, saw the best in everyone and would go out of her way to assist others. She was a treasure that can't be replaced and will be thought of and missed every day. Sandy joined Data Institute in 1993 as an instructor of electronics and robotics, two programs which she wrote and developed with Fran Golden. Since that time, she served as an instructor in computers and as an IT professional, creating the first Goodwin College website. Ultimately, Sandy became Goodwin's webmaster and chair of the website committee, coupling her amazing programming skills with her understanding of the needs of the College and the students. Sandy will best be remembered at Goodwin for her community spirit and service to others. Goodwin's Community Garden and Farmer's Market are both results of her vision. She also spearheaded Goodwin's Rebuilding Together Team, which provides free home repair services to the elderly, disabled, or displaced. She recently received the Goodwin College Community Service Award as a tribute to her outstanding efforts. Sandy once said, " When you give back, you are part of positive change-improving people's quality of life and empowering them to believe in a better future. It's heartwarming to see the domino effect that giving back has on people." Her family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. Willimantic. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Monday, July 14 at 1:30 PM. Burial will follow in the Windham Center Cemetery. A reception immediately following the service will be held at the Community Room at Goodwin College, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT. Please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com
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