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Sandy Johnson marked her life with love and caring for her family and friends. She died peacefully in her sleep in Tampa, Florida on the morning of November 20, 2012. Sandy was born Sandra True Jones in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 25, 1935 and spent childhood years there. Sandy was the first born of four children to Dorothy and Kenneth Jones, and shared her middle name with her mother. At 20 years of age she married Lyle Johnson and lived the life of a military wife, eventually having four children and being stationed in Japan and Oahu, Hawaii before settling in San Antonio, Texas where her children went to high school. In San Antonio she became an active member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church where she made many friends. Like many women in the 1970's she helped make ends meet by working outside the home. She drove a small school bus for the Mount Olive Christian Elementary School and assisted the elderly as a volunteer. Sandy was a wonderful cook and holidays were always a nice time around the Johnson household with many traditional dishes. She passed down her heirloom recipes for roasted turkey and gravy, chocolate chip cookies and made the best white bread and crab cakes. Her family wanted for nothing. She loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor. She was a fan of Texas music and loved seeing live music, particularly around the San Antonio and Austin areas. Sandy was an adopter of many dogs and a friend to strays. After her children were grown Sandy and Lyle divorced and she stayed in San Antonio for many years, remained active with the church and tended her household. She did not remarry. After contracting Alzheimer's disease she spent the final years of her life sharing the households of her four children in San Diego, San Antonio and Tampa before resettling to Tampa and eventually residing in an assisted living facility near her oldest son and his wife. She continued to make friends even during the last weeks of her life. She enjoyed the Florida sunshine, which reminded her of Texas, and the Saint Petersburg area beaches.
Sandy is survived by her sisters Sharon Harris and Mary Madsen, her brother Tom Jones, her children Steve Johnson, Mike Johnson, Bob Johnson and Janice Bond and many grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, sister and friend, and will be missed terribly by all who knew and loved her.
A memorial service will be held at 4 pm on Monday, January 21, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church located at 6914 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78240. In lieu of flowers the family suggests any donation may be made to Lifepath Hospice [www.chaptershealth.org] or ASPCA [www.aspca.org].
Published in Express-News on Jan. 13, 2013