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Sandra D. Leek Esq.

Attorney Sandra D. Leek, 58, passed away on Oct. 12, 2012, in Indianapolis, IN. She is survived by her only sister Cynthia (Fred) Leek Cleveland of Atlanta, GA. Born in Durham, NC, she received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University. She specialized in law pertaining to Labor & Employment, EEO, ADA, Fair Housing, diversity and civil rights issues. An attorney at Baker and Daniels, LLP, she was appointed by three governors as State Commissioner of Indiana Civil Rights, served as chairperson of the Indiana Unemployment Insurance Review Board, and worked at Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Sandra was also a published author. Visitation: Thur., Oct. 18, 2012, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will conduct the Omega Omega service at 7:00 p.m. at Stuart Mortuary Chapel . Celebration of Life Service will be Fri., Oct. 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, 5136 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46228. Expressions: should be directed to: Donations may be made to: Sandra Leek Memorial Fund/ Indiana Legal Services Inc., Market Square Center, 151 N Delaware, Suite 1800, Indianapolis 46204.

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October 11, 2020
To Cynthia and the Leek Family:
It’s now been 8 years since Sandra’s passing and I still miss being able to talk to her. She never failed to take my calls or if busy she’d call me back. She was truly a buddy, from high school to Civil Right topics I enjoyed our conversations and I still miss her.
Mark “ Ron” Lowe
Mark T. (Ron) Lowe Sr.
October 11, 2019
Hey Cythia,
Its been Seven years since Sandras passing and I still think of her. She was such a down to earth person and I miss our talk about anything conversations. Its been difficult to replace her loving spirit. I have all is well with your family.
Mark ( Ron ) Lowe
November 5, 2012
To the Leek family my sincerest sympathy in your time of loss.
Gilbert Johnson
November 1, 2012
Cynthia, you have my sincerest condolences on the homegoing of your sister, Sandra. I remember some of the talks we shared in 7th grade at Tolleston High School (that's when we met). She was definitely a "talker" and her future was predestined in that line of work! Her "steps" were ordered by God. Take solace in knowing that she's in a better place with your parents, to suffer no more. May God continue to keep you in His loving embrace.
West Side High '72
Louise (Eddie) Jenkins
October 29, 2012

It is with a heavy heart that I just learned the news of Sandra's passing. What a wonderful lady she was and what a gracious friend as well. I know GOD has HIS reasons, thus I am just happy that HE allowed our lives to touch in our youth. I pray you well and my sincere condolences for the loss of such a beautiful person. GOD bless!
Ulysses Foreman
October 29, 2012
I met Sandra about 25 years ago. We were on the opposite sides of a law suite. Because of her charm and personalty we put aside our differences and became great friends. The world would be a better place with more caring people like her.
Tony Edwards Sr
October 27, 2012
Sorry for your losses. Veechie.
Vecchie Sanders
October 25, 2012
To the Leek family, I am very very sorry.
Mel Esdaile
October 24, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Leek family for your dear Sandra who at 58 is gone too soon. May the God of all comfort be with you and give you strength beyond normal to get through this most difficult time.
October 23, 2012
God be with you to comfort you and hold you in the palm of His hand.
Chaplain Jeff
October 22, 2012
Cynthia, I was so saddened to hear of Sandra's passing. I have great memories of her at Tolleston and even after that because of the mutual friends that we shared. I will always remember her great spirit, humor and intelligence. I also just learned of your mother's death and just want to let you know that she was one of my favorite and memorable teachers; she was a great role model for me and always showed such grace and style. God be with you and your family!
Karen Mosley (Pace)
October 22, 2012
May God comfort the family of Ms. Sandy Leeks a friend to the community. With deepest regards.

Curtis - Godfrey Ringo
October 21, 2012
I was so sorry to hear about her death at a young age. She was a wonderful attorney at LSOI when I knew her years ago.
Nancy Hale, Jacksonville, FL
Nancy Hale
October 21, 2012
Thank you for pushing me as an investigator when I didn't think I could do it Sandra. Enjoyed my eight years with you at the Indiana civil rights commission. RIP.

Dennis S. Jones
Dennis Jones
October 20, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
John & Pamela Clark
October 20, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
John W. Clark Jr
October 20, 2012

You have my deepest sympathy I was so sorry to here of Sandra's passing she was a great sister and wonderful friend.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, I pray that God continues to provide comfort to you and your family during these sad days.
Cheryl Thompson
October 20, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Janet Coney
October 19, 2012
Cynthia you have my deepest sympathy
Bernice Hemphill
October 19, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Bruce Durden
October 19, 2012
Dear Cynthia & Family,

I am so saddened to learn of Sandra's passing. We were college classmates at Tufts University (1976) and both went on to become attorneys. In the 40 years that I've known "Leeky", as we called her, I've never met a more vibrant personality. Even in school, she was was bright, caring, high-energy, slightly mischievious and immensely talented. She was so "high energy", it was no wonder that she was quite the amazing cheerleader at Tufts. She remained that way the rest of her life. The last time I saw her was slightly over a decade ago at a Tufts reunion -- and there was Leeky, as dynamic as ever. We all had such a great time. We e-mailed and spoke on the phone several times after that, and even referred clients to each other. It's hard to fathom Leeky having passed on, and Cynthia, I know it must be terribly difficult for you -- I remember how close you two were and I even captured you in a picture or two from our college graduation.

Leeky was a vital part of our class AND our Tufts family - we ALL feel this loss. She forever donned a smile and maintained a delightful, somewhat mischievious sense of humor, even as she rose through the ranks as a skilled attorney and widely respected State Commissioner of Civil Rights. Leeky continues to inspire me even now, because she truly embraced life, as we all should. That's my take-away. 58 years is much too young, but I'm thankful that Leeky jammed life into those years, providing balance to offset her hard work and setting an example for all of us. Our Class of 1976 will never be the same, but we have been blessed and our lives are incredibly enriched because Leeky was part & parcel of our class.

Cynthia, may the Good Lord keep you & your family in His embrace duirng this difficult time...

Elizabeth M. Hewlett
October 19, 2012
October 19, 2012
October 19, 2012
Sandra was a dear friend, have not seen her for awhile, but my soror and I shared conversation and laughter. Will miss her, can't believe she is gone!
Jowanna Peterson
October 19, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Jowanna Peterson
October 18, 2012
Sandra was my inspiration while working with her in her early days at LSOI. I feel a great loss in her passing as will Rod, Joe, Ida and others from that era. Nonetheless, she completed her course in this life affecting hundreds with her knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to The Cause. God bless you, Sandra, sleep well...
Evangelist Michele Smith
October 18, 2012
To the family of Sandra Leek, on behalf of the Gary Roosevelt Class of 1972, we extend our prayers to you during your time of mourning. We thank GOD for giving Sandra the strength to join us one last time during our historic 40th class reunion. We will always remember Sandra's radiant smile and positive attitude.
Roosevelt Class of 72
J.R and Soror Elizabeth Locke
J.R.Locke and Elizabeth
October 18, 2012
I was very saddened to hear of Sandra's passing. I always viewed her as a strong and vibrant person. I will continue to keep my Leek family uplifted in prayer.
LeGunia Goodson(Cookie)
LeGunia Fomby-Goodson
October 18, 2012
So sorry to hear of Sandra's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor (when I lived in Gary) and a great lady. May God bless the family.
Joyce E. Sprouse
October 18, 2012
May the Lord hold you in His hands and comfort your spirit during your time of sorrow. You have lost a beautiful family member who was loved by all. She now rests peacefully with the Lord.
Phyllis Bartleson
October 18, 2012
I'm very saddened to learn of Sandra's passing. I attending IU Law School with her and remember her as a friendly and vibrant lady with a spirit of service to others. So sad. My condolences to her family.
Madalyn Kinsey
October 18, 2012
A great lady who will be greatly missed.
John Davis
October 18, 2012
I remember working for Ms Leek at the Civil Rights Commission, she was a very, very nice woman. So sorry to hear about her passing. May God bless her family.
Dimita Lander
October 18, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Janice Hopkins
October 18, 2012
To the Leek Family: My sincerest sympathy during your time of loss. Sandra was such a wonderful person.
Carolyn Mosby
October 18, 2012
My fond memory of Sandra was when she and her sister Cynthia, accompanied by her cousins Cheryl and Stacey Wesson visited with their Grandmother (affectionately known as "Ma-Mo") on Madison Street in Gary, Indiana. I readily observed and was most impressed by her charisma, keen intellect, quick wit, and special way of "keeping it real" (much like her Aunt Barbara Leek Wesson). She greatly influenced others as an advocate of equal opportunity while serving as Director, Indiana Civil Rights Commission and as my colleague in the administration of Governor Evan Bayh. Sandra prepared herself to give unselfishly as a true public servant by attending the nationally renowned Tufts University in Massachusetts and later Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. Sandra possessed the unique qualties of superior intellect and urban knowledge which made her an effective communicator who was admired by many. Sandra's gift to others is embodied in Micah 6:8: "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justy and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." WELL DONE SANDRA D. LEEK, ESQ. Your gifts of compassion and advocacy were appreciated and have made a difference! May God bless your soul.
Jules Blake Taylor
October 18, 2012
Sandra was a tireless advocate for the rights of others, and a bright spirit. She will be missed.
Gil Holmes
October 18, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Charmaine Shelton - Tuirner
October 18, 2012
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. You may rest now. I will never forget how blessed I was to have worked under you at the ICRC. You were a beautiful person and a joy to work with.
Tawanda Sharp
October 18, 2012
I'm am so sorry to hear of my classmate passing. My heart go out to her family!!!
Shirley Booth
October 18, 2012
Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. I am in total shock. Sandra was a beautiful person inside and out. I fondly remember the times when both of you came to North Carolina for the summer. What good times they were. You and Sandra were inseparable growing up as sisters. Keep those memories alive in your heart and she will always be with you. She has earned her wings in Heaven and I can see that beautiful smile. She is resting peacefully and having a good time with family and friends. Love to you all.

Cheryl L. Peace, Cousin
Durham, North Carolina
October 18, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Rita Branch-Flynn
October 18, 2012
I recall the first time I met Sandra; we were Law students at IU. All I could think was "wherever she is going I want to walk with her for a while." We were family throughout law school and I followed her for a little longer to Indiapolis. When I left her I knew she was destined to continue to scale tall mountains and slay big dragons. She did.
I will continue to cherish the time I had with Sandra as a gift. My heart is sad, so I can only do what works for me and that is to give my fragile heart to God. I pray that you will find peace in the midst of your storm. Remember, God takes care of fragile hearts.
Renee Jackson Byrd
October 18, 2012
My most sincere sympathy is extended to the Leek Family!I knew Sandra primarily through familiarity with her Father, Donald Leek and from her friendship with my sister, Lillian Dowdell Drakeford. From all accounts she was a wonderful person blessed with great spirit, integrity and intellect. Sandra will be missed.
Byron Dowdell
October 18, 2012
My daughter always told us what a wonderful boss you were at the I.C.R.C. R.I.P. prayers go out to all your family from the parents of Denidra Warren
Robert /Iva Craig
October 18, 2012
I will always have fond memories of you and our time at Roosevelt High. RIP, you are loved and never forgotten.
Betty Davis-Moody
October 17, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Fred Kaufman III
October 17, 2012
Sandra was a good friend, a wonderful person and an example of real life. I will miss her dearly.
Richard Pinner
October 17, 2012
Dear Cynthia, sincere regards. Your sister served many in the legal community. My brother Greg McInnis, Esquire and Richard from IU will miss her. All of us Gary people will mis her.
Vernon McInnis, Esquire
October 17, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Rodney & Verneita Coffee {RHS}
October 17, 2012
To the family of Sandra Leek. I will be praying for you and for all of us whose life she touched. Saudra was a great woamn who was committed to excellence in everything in which she was involved. I was blessed to have met her and I am better because of her committment to excellence. I pray we all can be as devoted to leaving a legacy such as the legacy left by Sandra Leek. God Bless you with the strength to heal and gain strength daily. The world will miss Saundra D. Leek!
Micheal Watts
October 17, 2012
It is so sad to lose a Legal Services Colleague. I will remember Sandra as a true fighter for the civil rights and our clients. My prayers are with you.
Steve Culley
October 17, 2012
Dear Cynthia, I am taken back by this sad news your Bigg Sis will be sorely missed by all > She a was a True Gem
Take Care Sweetheart
Melvin S. Baird III & Baird Family
October 17, 2012
To the family of Sandra Leek:
I remember Sandra as a Summer Intern working in Gary Indiana. She was so bright, charismatic, friendly and personable. Our friendship lasted for over thirty years. My prayers are with you and I join you in thanking God for every day that he gifted us with her spirit.
Barbara Arbuckle
October 17, 2012
Dear Cynthia/ My prayers are with you and your family, as you go through the grieving process of loosing your sister. As we all know God never makes a mistake. It is so hard to believe that she is gone but my sorority sister is in a better place.
Trust and Keep the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peace and Love Always,
Deborah Williford-Simpson
Deborah Simpson
October 17, 2012
Cynthia you are in my prayers. I met Sandra playing golf. I enjoyed her company and feel I was blessed to make her acquaintance. I know she his in the arms of the Heavenly Father. She will be missed by many.
Dianna Ferguson-Mosley
October 17, 2012
i am so sorry to hear that your loved one,and my friend and ils board member has passed.we all will miss her very much.we pray GOD'S blessing on her and to the entire family.

harry johnson
October 17, 2012
You will be missed
Lisa Fennell
October 17, 2012
To the family of Sandra, I was not fortunate enough to have met Sandra in person but had several conversations with her over the telephone. She seemed to be a very passionate person and helped me tremendously. So very shocked to learn that she had passed. My prayers are with you during your time of grief.
Joyce Roberts-Anderson
October 17, 2012
I still can't believe Sandra's left us. She was always so full of life. Through this process, Cynthia, you will understand how very many lives Sandra touched. She certainly touched mine and I will miss her. When she participated in a conference call after her first hospitalization, I recall saying "We love you Sandra". True then, and true now. She was loved, and truly appreciated by all of us at ILS. Rest in peace, my sister.
Susan Wright
October 17, 2012
I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sandra. She surely was a consistent and caring individual. My prayers are with all of you. I had the privilege of coming into contact with her while she was working a Baker & Daniels LLP.
Sharon T. Penn
October 17, 2012
"Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal".

Cynthia, you will remain in my prayers. Sandra will always be remembered by those who knew and loved her.

I am so glad that Sandra had the opportunity to attend our 40th Year Class Reunion. It was truly a blessing. Thank you for sharing her with us that weekend.

God bless and keep you and your family.
Susan Montgomery
October 17, 2012
"Well done, good and faithful servant." Your battle is over and you fought a good fight, now take your rest. We will miss you always. Cynthia, Be encouraged in the Lord.
Lucky & LaVreen Hall, I
October 17, 2012
"Well done good and faithful servant" We will miss you dearly. God makes no mistakes and your battle is over, take your rest.
Lucky & LaVreen Hall I
October 16, 2012
To Cynthia, you have my deepest sympathy. You know I've known Sandra since our days at Tolleston High School in Gary, Indiana sitting next to each other in class. I've often attended meetings with her while she was the Director for EEOC and I was a Union Civil Rights Official. I will miss those days and I will miss Sandra.

May your heart be lifted and may the memories of your sister bring you joy.
Mark (Ron) Lowe
October 17, 2012
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Stuart Mortuary
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