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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.

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Published in The West University Examiner from Aug. 25 to Sep. 7, 2014.
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September 29, 2014
September 29, 2014
Sandra and Sharron
September 23, 2014
Sandra, Rudy, Rae Ann and Michael
September 23, 2014
Sandra, Rudy and Rae Ann
September 23, 2014
Sandra in the Garden
September 23, 2014
September 23, 2014
San Diego, Texas High School Graduation
September 23, 2014
September 23, 2014
Sandra with Mom and Dad
September 23, 2014
Sandra and John Knight at Angel Oak SC
September 23, 2014
August 30, 2014
I always have and always will be forever proud to call you, Sandra Richard, my Mom.
You took care of me and I took care of you, we gave each other memories that last a lifetime. The way you embraced me and showed me unconditional love will be passed down for generations.
I like how your birthday in Heaven August 19, 2014 was shared with your favorites: Grandmother, Unkie, Daddy, Mother, Eva Marie, Mary Ann, Karen Burris, Alma and Jack.
Thank you for insisting on the doubles (photos) it made your lifetime slideshow complete.
I love how you were country before country was cool, you were into healthy foods before it was the trend, you were ahead of your time.
Living life how you wanted and living life BIG….so glad you did.

Monica Mulkey
August 26, 2014

August 25, 2014
Sandra Richard was one of a kind ~ always gregarious and had a great adventure for life. She touched so many lives and altered them along the way through her love for friends and family. I will miss her beautiful smile, but Sandra's spirit will continue on in the hearts of the people that loved and cherished her.
Betty Anderson
August 25, 2014
Sandra, you were a bright light in my life. I will always remember your joyous and happy smile, and your devotion to your family. And the fun times Rae Ann included me in your lunch dates...Love to all
August 24, 2014
I never knew Sandra. Never met her. But reading about her I wish I had. It's people like her who make this mean old world a better place. Thanks family for the words you wrote about her.
August 24, 2014
We love you Sandra. Your smile will be alive in us forever , Mason and Robin .
Mason Tew
August 24, 2014
We'll miss her sweet face
August 23, 2014
Sandra was a treasure to all who knew her. She was truly a woman of tremendous energy, integrity and spirit, full of love and grace. It is comforting to know she is with God and the angels in Heaven.
Ann Hennis & Mark Carlson, M.D.
August 23, 2014
Lou Pearson
August 23, 2014
None is as lucky as I to have known my long time friend. Sandra's gift to her friends and family is a lifetime of treasured memories that will bring much joy and laughter for years to come. May the Angels earn their wings, take note and learn from her as we all did here on earth. God Bless my precious Friend!
Lou Pearson
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