Sandra Starlene Saunders
Date of Birth: November 1, 1947
Date of Death: November 12, 2020
Mrs. Sandra (Sandie) Saunders of Huntington passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 12th. She was born November 1st, 1947 in Welch, WV. Sandra is the beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin of the Sigmon-Saunders family. She was preceded in death by her father Arthur S. Sigmon and mother Josephine Sigmon of Logan, WV; her paternal grandparents Mawyer and Lilly Sigmon of Narrows, VA and maternal grandparents, Philomeno and Carmella Notchie of Northfork, WV; her maternal aunts and uncles; Joseph, John, Rocco, Patsy, Mary, Makina, Polly, Freddie, and Larry; her paternal aunt and uncles Barbara Jean Atwell, Bobby and Lynwood Sigmon; cousin Sherrie Atwell; nephew Seth Sigmon, and additional family Tom Deere, Brian Long, and Mark Smoot.
Sandie was a graduate of Logan High School, Class of 1965. She was a daughter of Marshall University and completed a Bachelors and Masters in Education. She spent her life devoted to her faith and family. Sandie served as Special Education Specialist with a passion for advocating for children with developmental disabilities and assisted in developing visual, hearing, and gifted programs for children in Cabell County. She was a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and cherished all her friends from the Circle 11 group and the youth group.
Sandie is survived by her husband William (Bill) Saunders, children; Bill, Amy (Kurt Geveke), Susie (Craig Seaman), and Elizabeth (Michael Morgan). She leaves behind seven grandchildren who were the light of her life and brought her so much joy; Noah, Carter, Will, Lilah, Josephine, Lucas, and Olivia. She is survived by siblings Sue Austin of Wesley Chapel, Florida and Bill (Debbie) Sigmon from Olive Hill, Kentucky; nephews and nieces Jeff (Jen) Austin, Jay Austin, Ashleigh (Daniel) Shuford, Shade and Shayne Sigmon; great aunt Edith Notchie; sister-in-law Sue (Ronnie) McKnight and nephews and nieces Steve (Janie) McKnight, Rhonda Smoot, Christy Long, Michelle Deere, and Tom Deere. She also has a host of many beloved cousins, extended family, and friends.
Mom’s love, laughter, generosity, and unwavering kindness will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Funeral services will be held privately for immediate family due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date for her family and friends. Interment will be at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington, WV. In-lieu-of flowers, contributions can be made to the Facing Hunger Food Bank, 1327 7th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701 or to the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh (Child’s Way Medical Daycare), 5324 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 in honor of her granddaughter Lilah Seaman.
From: Jim Boggess Nov 17 2020 9:06AM Dear Bill and family
I was sorry to hear about Sandy. I just wanted you to know that you and the family are in my prayers.
From: Mike and Marlene Sheets Nov 17 2020 9:13AM Bill, We are so very sorry to read the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have very fond memories of Sandie. Love, Mike and Marlene From: Tricia and Seth Lewis Nov 17 2020 11:26AM We live next door to Bill and Sandie and will miss her warm greetings and generous friendship. We will be making a donation to the food bank in her name. She was such a sweet and encouraging person to know and we will miss her! From: Keith Petrie Nov 17 2020 2:00PM Sincere condolences are being sent to Sandy's family during this challenging time. I had the privilege and honor to work with Sandy in the Special Education department at the Cabell County Central Office in the late 1980's. Her compassion for students of exceptionality and her knowledge of support programs for children always amazed myself and peers across the state of WV. Sandy was the true definition in professionalism, compassion and kindness. Working with Sandy certainly made the rest of us better people. Fly high with the angles, Sandy, fly high! From: Misty and Diane Jarvis-santelli Nov 17 2020 2:59PM We are very sorry to hear of Sabine’s passing. She will be missed deeply. It was a pleasure to get to know her through these past few years. She diffidently will be missed. From: Sandy Sargent Nov 19 2020 4:25PM I worked with Sandie in Special Education for a number of years. She was a devoted advocate for all of her students. No one cared more than Sandie. I am so sorry she is gone so soon. God bless her family. From: Gerry Sawrey Nov 20 2020 7:01PM Dear Saunders Family,
I was so sad to hear of Sandie’s passing. She was first my supervisor when I taught children with autism and then my colleague as a special education supervisor for Cabell County. She was pregnant with the twins when I was at Peyton. I can’t remember how far into the pregnancy she worked, but I am guessing pretty near to her due date, continuing to take care of the business of assuring children in her programs were getting what they needed, always cheerful; always focused. She was proud of all her children and her large extended family. I imagine she took tremendous joy and pride in her role as a grandparent.
Please accept my sincere condolences. Sincerely, Gerry
From: Joan Leidy Nov 21 2020 2:52PM Dear Bill and family,
We were so sorry to read about Sandie's passing. We are indebted to Sandie because she was always indefatigable as a fierce advocate for my children, as well as all the children in Cabell County in her various positions in Special Education. But what we appreciated just as much was her kindness, warm and friendliness. Our sincere condolences and prayers during this difficult time. We, too, will be making a contribution to the food bank in her name.
Joan and Bill Leidy