Sandra H. Wallace, age 74, born April 10, 1942, died peacefully in her sleep at Kindred Hospital on Monday, May 2, 2016. Sandra was a proud BOI and sadly, only left her home town, when Hurricane Ike took her home.
Sandra was proceeded in death by her parents Mary and Ralph Penny of Galveston. Her dear aunt Belle Sander’s , who was more of a grandmother to her and the other children their entire lives, and many other special family members.
Sandra is survived by her loving husband Dewaine Wallace, Daughter and best friend Tammy Kupsa Stevens, three grandsons that Sandra loved more than life itself, Kincaide, Keagan, and Karston Stevens, Son-in- law Mark Stevens that treated her like a mother and she thought of like a son, Sister’s Mary Frances Gaston and Jeannine Harty and loving husband Bernie Harty, who was like a brother to Sandra. Sandra has numerous nieces and nephews. She had a very special bond with her niece, Penny Burroughs, they were best friends and phone buddies for many years. Penny always volunteered to help Sandra, especially after her illness started becoming worse. Sandra also leaves behind her 3 cherished “babies”, Molly her basset hound, Gypsy her mixed breed dog, and Bogie her 23 year old African Grey Parrot. He is one smart bird and there is not anything he cannot say.
Sandra wanted to thank her Ex-husband, John Kupsa, father of their beautiful daughter. Even though divorced, they remained friends for life. Thank you for all of the help you gave over the years.
Sandra was fortunate to be a stay at home mom and kept busy volunteering and being room mom at the elementary school Tammy attended. Best year as room mother was in 1976 when the class made a special quilt. Sandra would go daily to help, so each child could sew a square and she found teaching some of the students to embroidery was a fun challenge.
She later worked at American Indemnity which eventually became United Fire Group. She worked in the Claims department for 23 years. After retirement, Sandra knew exactly what she wanted to do and that was to volunteer. After hurricane Ike and losing her home, so many people helped her, she knew she needed to repay them in some way, so she volunteered at Mainland Memorial Hospital for 5 years until her death. She had volunteered over 1,200 hours until her health kept her from volunteering and doing much of everything she enjoyed.
Sandra's love were her grandsons, she always baked a lot of cakes and brownies for them. She was never without at least two dogs over all the years of her adult life. She had dozens of dogs over all her years. She always had two favorites and had a reason why they were her favorites, but never told. Her Cocker Spaniel Misty, she had 12 yrs and her basset hound Molly, she called her angel dog for 10 years. Sandra enjoyed gardening, cooking, being with family, most especially daughter Tammy, son in law Mark and her three grandsons, Kincaide, Keagan & Karston. She also loved going to the casinos. Sandra and Dewaine both enjoyed many fun trips together. However, her 2 week vacation to Alaska with her sister Mary Gaston was the trip of her lifetime. Even though Sandra was no longer able to garden, her family decorated outside her bedroom window with many hanging baskets and bird feeders, hoping the birds would stay around, so she could watch them daily.
Pallbearers are Kincaide Stevens, Keagan Stevens, John Kupsa, Gene Burroughs, Bernie Harty Jr., and Larry Byrket. Honorary pallbearers are Bernie Harty Sr., Karston Stevens, and Mark Stevens.
A visitation will be held for Sandra on Thursday, May 5th from 6-8pm at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City. A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held on Friday, May 6th from 11A.M.-12P.M. at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City. Grave Side Rites and interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.
Sandra and family would like to thank everyone for all the years of helping her. God Bless each of you.