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Sandra Kramer

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Sandra Sue (Sullivan)Kramer April 19, 1945 – March 12, 2010
This site is dedicated to a wonderful wife and mother, a best friend to everyone, the greatest Memaw (to children who didn’t even have to be related), and a determined fighter. Sandie fought this disease with all she had. She attended conferences to learn everything she could, she never gave up and was willing to do clinical trials to help herself and others fight the disease. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for her zest for life and truly happy spirit that touched everyone who met her.

Personal Description:

Sandie was born to Milburn and Marie (McCune)Sullivan on April 19, 1945 in Kenton, Ohio. She grew up on the family farm between the tiny towns of Mt. Victory and Byhalia with her two brothers Larry and Robert. When her mother passed away of Breast Cancer at the age of 41, fourteen year old Sandie moved to Kenton to live with her grandmother, Hazel. She spent much of her time with her Aunt Patti and Uncle Forrest, whom she thought of as her second mom and dad, and her cousins whom she adored. Sandie attended Kenton High School where she met the love of her life, Bill Kramer. They were married on March 14, 1964 and had four daughters, Lori, Lisa, Shellie, and Shannon. In 1979, following their mentors Alice and Jim Miller, Bill and Sandie moved the family to The Colony in Texas.
Sandie worked in various fields of health care throughout her life, including nursing. Most recently, Sandie found her niche at the Medical Center of Plano as the Women’s Health Education Coordinator. In this role, she was able to reach and educate many women about the importance of early detection of Breast and Ovarian Cancers and genetic testing. She was also a member of the Red Hot Mamas. Sandie served on the Denton County Child Welfare Board and loved volunteering for the SPCA although she wanted to bring more animals home than she could possibly house. She walked in many Susan G. Komen for the Cure races as a survivor, but was overjoyed when they formed “Sleep In For the Cure”… that was more her style.
She was an avid traveler, and a huge Elvis and Jimmy Buffet fan. She loved to visit Graceland and any Margaritaville on the map. Her true happiness was her grandchildren. Even when Sandie was ill and exhausted from chemo, she just wanted her grandchildren at the house making crafts or baking something. They were her anti-chemo and brought back her strength faster than any bed rest could. Her quest to find a cure was never ending. It was her hope that no one should ever have to fight this battle. Her spirit and determination will inspire us all for generations to come. She will be missed.

Last updated on: 03/14/2010


Comments:

What a beautiful story and a beautiful life well lived. I didn’t know her well, but it is obvious that she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. I will pray for her husband and daughters to have strength and for their hearts to be comforted. Hang on to all the beautiful memories and may God hold you during this time. I have no doubt that she is at peace with the Lord and am certain that her beautiful daughters will carry on with her wishes and research for the wonderful causes she supported.

Love and Hugs,

Nicole

Nicole Dixon – 03/15/2010

The next time Michael and I go to Key West we will toast Sandie at Margaritaville. She was the life of the party and that sunshine will be missed.

Keep her memories going. Condolence and prayers.

Teresa LaMacchia – 03/15/2010

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady! She brought joy to so many … may her zest for life live on in all who knew and loved her!

Toni Brown – 03/15/2010

AMAZING…the only word that I can think of that best describes Sandie. She educated and supported so many women about breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and the BRCA gene testing. She was part of the Red Hot Mama traveling group that we had, and threw off her wig, to display her bald head, as she educated women about doing brest self exams, and checking for their family history!!She talked about how she looked in the mirror and saw her brother, and did not want other women to go through this, after receiving chemo for breast and ovarian cancer. She is a true HERO!!We love her! Every day, newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, come to her office, to seek her support as they face this diagnosis. We LOVE her and MISS her!

Ginny Robinson – 03/15/2010

My Mom is a true fighter! She never complained about feeling sick or tired from 6 years of fighting this disease. She probably would have beat it again if not for getting Guillian Barre Disease on top of this cancer. I will miss her so much and will never forget all she did for me and everyone she knew. I love and miss you mom!

Lisa Dalton – 03/16/2010

When I think of Sandie, one word keeps coming to my mind…Smile…She always had one on her face. She was always so positive and upbeat. I think the lesson she would want us all to learn from her is to always keep a positive attitude even in the face of pain or adversity. She was always so much fun to be around. My teenage years just wouldn’t have been the same had I not grown up in the presence of my best friends family. Thank you Lisa for sharing your amazing Mom with me while we were growing up. She is at peace now with no more pain, safely in God’s hands.

Trudy Bourquein – 03/17/2010

Sandie was one of the easiest people in the world to love. Smiles and fun went everywhere she went. Our family will always remember campfire nights with Mexican Train, Texas Hold Em and a favorite comment we heard from her at campouts — Boys,do you know there’s fire at the end of that stick? Loving that Sandie is chatting in heaven and praying for all her family that are still with us on earth.

Linda Jones – 03/19/2010

Sandie was passionate about life! In the many, many patients I have encountered in my professional career, I will never forget her. She educated others about BRCA mutations and undoubtedly saved many lives by her openess and enthusiasm.I am so sorry for her family and friends, but know she is being received in Heaven with joy!

Becky Althaus – 03/22/2010

i didnt know her that much but the times i saw her she made me laugh i have my prayers to the dalton family for their loss sandie will be missed!!:(

sarah stephens – 04/02/2010

Wow, what a bummer to come here and see this sgasmee.a0 And, this is the reality of life. I am grateful for the opportunity to model a new paradigm way of handling criticism. See my note on my facebook page under Russell Feingold for my response to @elizabeth7887

Neto Neto – 03/30/2012

If you wrote an article about life we’d all reach elnigthenment.

Allie Allie – 09/04/2012