Sandra June Powley, 46, longtime Alaska resident and community leader formerly of Anchorage and North Pole, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.|
Known to many as Sandy P., she was the embodiment of a gifted renaissance woman. She was well educated, courageously strong, selflessly spiritual, thoughtfully loving, tenderly honest and mercifully forgiving.
She embraced those in pain and turmoil with her healing words and deeds. She possessed a bawdy, rapier-like wit and held a passion unequaled for those she loved.
Primary among these was her son, Griffin. She instilled in him many of her finest qualities, and through him, found the focus and strength that would guide her through many of the tumultuous trials she faced in her life.
She believed in forgiveness and peace. She practiced and projected loving unity. She touched countless of us with her charismatic persona. Sandy will be missed by all who knew her, especially those who counted themselves members of her "adopted family."
She can never be replaced.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Mike Sams. She is survived by her son, Griffin Powley-Webb; parents, Nancy and Craig Powley; her brother, Will; sister-in-law, Shayna; niece, Harper; and grandmothers, Vera Powley and Barbara Northrup.
Services are scheduled for at 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 2013, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage.
A trust fund has been set up in her name for her son, Griffin. Make checks payable to Griffin Powley-Webb and mailed to Nancy Powley, 3488 Walworth Road, Walworth, N.Y. 14568.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 12, 2013