Sandra DeLapp Prose
Sandra DeLapp Prose went to be with The Lord, peacefully and surrounded by her loving family on August 1, 2014. She was the youngest of three children born to Fern and Floyd DeLapp. She was born in 1940 at the original Sacred Heart Hospital on 12th Ave in Pensacola and raised in the East Hill area.
Sandra was a tomboy who, loved sports, animals, and tagging along with her two older brothers. She was a proud graduate of the Pensacola High School Class of 1958 and continued to help plan and work at their class reunions years later. She worked with Civil Service at the Escambia County Courthouse and in the mid-60s, worked with the original "Head Start Program" in Baton Rouge, LA, as Director of Medical, Dental and Psychological Services.
She married the love of her life, Mack Prose, over 42 years ago and loved their adventures together. Their travels included visits to Canada, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Greek Islands. She was very supportive of his naval career and after numerous moves and meeting so many good friends, looked forward to returning to Pensacola after he retired in 1992.
It is impossible to describe such a life so well lived. Sandra enjoyed every moment to the fullest and made every encounter special with her warmth and kindness. She was always such an involved and supportive mother; active in the PTA, volunteered at her daughter's schools, and she was happily adopted by all of the girls on sports teams as the Team Mom. She was just as much an amazing Grandmother and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Just last year she played a game of rugby with her two grandsons!
Known as "the hors d'oeuvre Queen" in the family, she spoiled us with her delicious food and could have given Paula Dean a run for her money. Her Southern belle hospitality was warm and generous, always ensuring that everyone felt welcome.
Sandra never knew a stranger and was a friend to everyone. She is the only person we know of who talked on the phone for over an hour to someone who dialed the wrong number!
A member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, she enjoyed greeting new visitors and was involved with several committees. Sandra loved her Lord and loved her church family. She had such a giving heart and rallied for important causes, volunteering for many, including the "Arthritis Foundation", cancer research, and a variety of church outreach efforts.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Mack Prose; daughter, Lisa Wilkinson and her husband, Joe; her grandchildren, Joshua and Jacob Wilkinson; brother, Don DeLapp; step-children, Karen Thompsen (children, Adam and Aaron) and Greg (DeEtta) Prose (children, Alexa and Madison); and numerous nieces/nephews, grand-nieces/nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Richard DeLapp.
Loving, encouraging, welcoming, enthusiastic, wise, compassionate, and fun, Sandra was all of these and more! She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was greatly loved by many, and we will miss the joy, love and laughter that she so willingly shared. We would like to thank Dr. Dewey Torres and Dr. Tarek Eldawy who were so informative and compassionate. Thank you to Covenant Hospice nurses for all of their loving care and to everyone who lifted her up in their prayers. And most of all, we give thanks to God for the time we were allowed with her on earth.
Visitation will be held 11:30am until a Celebration of Life Service to begin at 12:15pm Friday, August 15, 2014 at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9th Ave. Committal Service will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at Naval Air Station, Pensacola.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the
, Pensacola Humane Society, or to Cokesbury United Methodist Church.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, 2014