Sandra Kay Harvill
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Sandra Kay Harvill passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from pancreatic cancer.
Sandra was born on August 25, 1942, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Her father, Arlie Lamb, was an engineer who worked on the Apollo missions to the moon and on the development of the space shuttle. Her mother, Jeniece Lamb, was one of the original employees of Robert Schuler's Hour of Power church in Garden Grove, Calif.
Sandra graduated from North Kansas City High School and attended college at Southwest Missouri State University. She was an active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, and countless fun experiences from her college days became the foundation for friendships that lasted her entire life. She married John D. Harvill, a Kappa Alpha at SMSU, on June 15, 1962 in Springfield, Missouri, where she lived until her death.
Sandra was known for her compassion and interest in others, her gift of making people feel at ease, her quick wit, her positive attitude, and her love of life. She enjoyed her bookkeeping job, working part-time for a local union. She was an avid golfer and spent much of her time with friends on the golf course at Twin Oaks. When she wasn't golfing, she could be found exercising outdoors or at the YMCA. She was an enthusiastic member of Christ Church Unity and found great inspiration from her pastor, Sue Baggett-Spears. She was a devoted wife and extraordinary mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, John D. Harvill; her son, Nick Harvill and his partner Steve Roussey of West Hollywood, Calif.; her daughter, Alison Miller and her husband Dr. Chris Miller and their children: Ryan, Ellie and Maggie of Springfield, Mo.; her brother, Mike Lamb and his wife Darlene of Golden, Colorado; her brother, Arlie James Lamb of San Mateo, Calif.; and her brother-in-law, Fred Braden, Sparta, Mo.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Twin Oaks Country Club located at 1020 East Republic Road. A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be on Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m. in Campbell United Methodist Church located at 1747 E. Republic Rd.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Ozarks Greenways, the Pat Jones YMCA or a
. Arrangements are under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel.
Sandra didn't let her illness dictate her life or her unwavering positive attitude. She found more humor in her last three weeks of life than many find in a lifetime. Thank you to Kaylene Binegar and Hospice Compassus for the comfort that Sandra felt in her home her final weeks of life. Sandra and her family are grateful for the outpouring of love and support during Sandra's life.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012