October 22, 1938 - September 26, 2011

Sandra Howerter - 1955

Sandra Howerter - 1956

Sandra Howerter Roddy - recent

Sandra E. Howerter Roddy, 72, a resident of Weatherford, TX, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2011, in Richland, surrounded by her loving family.

Sandy was born in Buffalo, NY on October 22, 1938. In 1948, she and her family relocated to Richland. She graduated from Columbia High School in Richland in 1956 and attended Columbia Basin College. She married her high school sweetheart, Russell Roddy, in 1958.

Sandy and Russ remained in the Tri-Cities until 1966. After residing in several states for Russ' work in flight simulation, the family was transferred to Enterprise, AL where they remained for the next 21 years. While in Enterprise, Sandy began a career as a real estate broker, was a volunteer EMT on the Enterprise Rescue Squad, and served as a Girl Scout Leader. Living most recently in Weatherford, TX, Sandy and Russ have been active members of the First United Methodist Church. Sandy was a volunteer at Manna Storehouse which benefits those in need, and helped Russ deliver Meals on Wheels. She also enjoyed being a member of Parker County Women's and Newcomers' Club.

After retiring in 2000, Sandy and Russ continued their active lifestyle with frequent travel domestically and abroad. They were visiting family and friends while in the Tri-Cities for her 55 year high school class reunion when complications from a sudden illness took her home to be with her Lord and Savior. Sandy was always a very active and vibrant person with seemingly endless energy and a zest for life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents Bruceton and Gertrude Howerter, parents-in-law Thelma and Edmund C. Roddy, Sr. , aunt Eleanor Pelton (Lynold), and brother-in-law Edmund C. Roddy, Jr. ('52)

She is survived by the love of her life and best friend, husband Russell C. RODDY ('55); beloved children, daughter and son-in-law Sheryl and David Bass, and son Russell W. Roddy; sisters-in-law Carol Coffman (Richard) and Marcia Bendewald ('73)(Craig); brother-in-law Richard Roddy ('70) (Beth); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm, Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Southside United Protestant Church, 517 Jadwin Ave., Richland. A second Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:30pm, Sunday, October 23, 2011 at First United Methodist Church, 301 South Main St., Weatherford, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Sandy by donating to the charity of your choice.

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