January 23, 1944 ~ December 4, 2018
Sandra Lea Windley entered rest on December 4, 2018 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
The union of William Lee Windley and Daisy Mitchell-Gibson birthed 11 children to which Sandra was the 1st born.
Sandra received her formal education in the public-school system in Brooklyn NY. She graduated from Central Commercial High School in New York City where she learned and exceled in Pittman, Gregg and Shorthand writing skills. Sandra continually used these precious skills and knowledge throughout her entire life. She worked years with the Brownsville Community Council/Multi Service Center in Ocean-Hill Brownsville, Brooklyn where her precise dictation skills were undeniable in its own rights. This journey inspired her to get involved in fighting for people’s rights and improve her community. She later began working at NYC Housing Preservation and Development where her secretarial skills were continually in demand until her health became a determining factor preventing her from working a regular and demanding schedule. She believed in fighting for causes that were unjust to people and the community, which included fair housing, financial equality, quality of life issues, etc. She continued the fight even though she was retired from the official workforce.
“Saunie”, or “Aunt Saunie” as she was called, always had her own opinion reflective of any issue, a good sense of humor, and the natural ability to be quick on her feet with surprisingly wit. She was a debater regardless where she was or who was around. You could bet she had a lot to do with the laughter that accompanied the whether with one individual or a group of people. Artistically, Saunie had a wonderful eye for color schemes and decorative arrangements. She would draw landscapes, people, and create paper dolls with unique outfits to wear. Her musical passion was to become a pianist and accompany those sounds with her beautiful soprano voice. She loved —–reading, viewing old time movies, researching and reading about her ancestral heritage especially that of the Shinnecock Indians. One of her biggest passions were experimenting with multicultural recipes that involved ingredients that surprised the ordinary taste buds.
She became a faithful and active member of Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Beacon, NY –which is under the spiritual guidance of Pastor John Perez. She secured and located a meeting place where others may gather and receive Bible Study. Her goal was to treat others with fairness and kindness while heightening awareness of HIM in everyone’s lives.
Predeceased in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters; Terrance, Gerard, Tami and Kim.
Survived by siblings; William Dorian, Diane, Michael, Daisy Jr., Kirk and Kevin. Also, Aunts Marjorie, Eva, Annabelle and her Uncle Sonny.
She leaves to cherish her memories…nieces and nephews; Donnell, Tonia, Dureen, Chareese, Jannell, Stephanie, David, Antar, Garrett, Tonnelle, Raymond, Michael Jr., Angela, Krystal, Craig, Latisha, Germaine, Roddell, Paris, Aaron, Tyler, Keli, SiAsia, Kirk Jr., Daisy, Brittany, Cody and Braden.
She also leaves behind a host of grand and great-grand nieces and nephews, cousins, other family members & many friends.
Independent, feisty, strong-willed, and loving – We will miss you dearly…
The family will gather with friends on Friday, December 14th from 10-11am at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, where a Funeral Service will be offered at 11:00am by Pastor John Perez, followed by interment in the Fairview Cemetery, Washington Avenue, Beacon, NY. Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the Libby Funeral Home of Beacon; to offer condolences to the family, please visit: www.www.libbyfuneralhome.com