Sandra Widener Richard, was a woman of enormous character. Always a friend and caretaker known for her big heart and generosity, she loved doing for others, never expecting anything in return. Her zeal and love for life was infectious as was her smile and laughter. Birthdays never passed without a card or phone call and holidays were always big events. Family and friends were everything to her and her spare time was filled traveling and visiting remote places.
Sandra's early years were spent in Corpus Christi, Texas, working at Maverick Markets and raising the joys of her life, her three children. She later relocated to Houston, Texas, where she worked for Stop and Go and developed many new friendships that lasted through the years. Later Sandra's love of plants and landscape design, soon drove her to start Earthbound Landscaping in Bellaire, Texas, which she owned and operated for 25 years with her then husband, Doug. While Sandra loved landscaping and the people she worked with, she achieved her goal of retirement at age 68 and was able to enjoy some wonderful years in South Carolina with family. But Texas drew her back to Houston in 2010 where she lived for four more years before moving to South Carolina to live her final months.
Sandra continued to be an active mother, grandmother, friend and teacher to all around her until her last day. She left us peacefully on August 17, 2014, with her children and grandchildren by her side at the home of her daughter in Charleston, South Carolina. Of all her many accomplishments, she took the greatest pride in her family.
She was the oldest child of Dr. Joseph Ray Richard & Carmen Richard and the precious granddaughter of Adel Dufilho Richard.
She is survived in death by her sister, Sharron (Peaches) Gonzalez of Dallas, Texas, daughter, Rae Ann (Bill) McCanse of Houston, Texas, son Michael Martinez of Austin, Texas, daughter, Monica (Paul) Mulkey of Charleston, SC, as well as her seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and nephews Randall Gonzalez of Dallas, Texas and Glen Gonzalez of Houston, Texas.
The Memorial Service was held on Monday, August 25th at, St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, followed by a Celebration of Sandra's Life for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association SC Chapter, 4124 Clemson Blvd.- Suite L., Anderson, SC 29621.