Sandra Elizabeth Leath Thompson was born in Tyler, Texas October 3rd,1946. She was the third daughter of FT and Ethelene Leath. Sandy was proceeded in death by her Grandmother Mattie Avis Speer of Canton, her father FT Leath, her mother Ethelene Chisum of Burleson. As well as her sister Barbara Dian Starnes of Flint, TX, nephews Robert Foster and Mike Foster of Tyler, TX. She was also proceeded in death by her aunt Florine Stone of Kennedale.
Sandy is survived by her only child Camay Elizabeth Trammell and her husband Tim of Joshua, grandchildren Kennedy Justice of Burleson, Robert Grant Justice of Joshua and Ava Elizabeth Justice also of Joshua. Her oldest sister Carolyn Meals and her husband Raymond of Burleson. Their sons Tim Gillum of Ohio and Brad Meals and wife Sarah of Burleson. Niece Nicole Foster Bowden. Cousins Jan Boe of Kennedale and Glenda Czikalla of California. Trent Boe and wife Opal of Arlington, Aaron Boe and wife Christine of Arlington, Tori Cuevas and husband Jason of Arlington, Samantha Hilton and husband Charles of Oklahoma, Holly Martinez and husband John of Garland and Kady Weathers and husband Josh of Rendon. Many others that were not named but are as equally loved.
Sandy grew up in and around Canton and Fort Worth. She was captain of the volleyball team at Polytechnic High School where she was also a cheerleader. Her campaign slogan was “Be sweet as candy vote for Sandy!” Which she was REALLY proud of. She graduated from Canton High School in 1964.
One of her favorite stories was to tell Camay about a boyfriend she had in high school. His dad owned a car dealership, he would call Sandy and ask what color sweater she was wearing? He would then bring that color car for their date! She and her sister Barbara were always looking for the latest and greatest trendy item. They purchased a heat lamp so they could tan. They were supposed to time each other so they wouldn’t burn. Sandy sat and timed Barbara, then when it was Barbara’s turn to time Sandy, Barbara left and went to the store. Leaving Sandy asleep under the heat lamp! Sandy’s face was so burned if you pressed a finger into it the fingerprint would stay! Her face never tanned well after that.
Sandy was raised in part by her grandmother who they lovingly called Granny. Granny won a ring off of one of the very first radio shows. Granny gave that ring to Sandy who wore it until she had a daughter. When Camay turned 16 she was given that antique ring and continues to wear it daily until this day. The ring is over 80 years old and is Camay’s most prized possession.
Sandy worked in sales and had a reputation for being able to sell things to people they didn’t even know they wanted! She worked for Parker Chiropractic for which she was the most proud.
Raising Camay as a single mother was her most rewarding job of all. She worked 3 jobs at some points to make sure that Camay had what all the other children had. Sandy didn’t want Camay to feel any less than any of the other children just because she was raised only by her mother. Not being able to afford family vacations, but still wanting the experience Sandy would make the 5 hour drive to Galveston so she and Camay could lay out on the beach and play in the ocean, then not being able to afford a hotel they would drive the 5 hours back home. All the time making the road trip a fun adventure. Camay never felt like she went without. The loving home that Sandy provided was more than enough.
Sandy lived each moment as if Jesus was coming back. She exuded love and happiness. Even when the world would look and see not much in her life to be happy about. Sandy had the Joy of the Lord down deep in her heart. It shown on everyone that came into contact with her.
The great joys of her life came later in her grandchildren Kennedy, Grant and Ava. They loved her and she loved them more than actual words could express.
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