FORT WORTH-Sandra Russell Boring Handy (Sandy), 59, passed away Thursday,July 25, 2019, from respiratory failure.
Gravesite service: 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at San Jacinto Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 14659 I-10 East Freeway Exit 780, Houston, Texas 77015
A “Celebration of Life” Reception Lunch for family and guests will follow at The Hampton Inn & Suites 713-997-8181, 10505 I-10 East Freeway Exit 776A, Houston, TX. 77029
Sandy was born Thursday, May 5, 1960, in Shelby, North Carolina to parents, Geraldean (Geri) and Russell Wade Boring. She grew up in Houston, TX and later attended Junior and Senior High School in Big Sandy, Texas (where she was known as Sandy Lilley). Sandy was a “people person” and devoted to friends in Big Sandy, in Houston, as well as later in California.
She attended Sam Houston State University where she met and married Michael Kent Handy in 1978 at the University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas over 40 years ago. They moved to Houston, Texas where Mike worked at M.D. Anderson Hospital as a Dosimetrist.
Sandy loved being a mother and adored her four children, Matthew, David, Adam and Jessica. Her first child, Matthew was born with cerebral palsy. She spent most of her time caring for Matthew’s special needs and he preceded his mother in death, at the age of six. Matthew passed away the day after Christmas of 1989. Adam was born in October of 1989 and later Jessica in February 1992
She learned to decorate beautiful cakes for special occasions and made a lovely doll cake for her cousin, Diana’s 12th birthday. For Diana’s marriage, she baked a chocolate groom’s cake with the A&M insignia for the couples’ alma mater.
Sandy’s husband’s work took them to multiple states, including Tallahasse, FL, Boston, MA, Dallas ,Tx, and Fresno, and Modesto Ca. After her children were older, Sandy returned to college and got an AA degree from Fresno City College. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Education followed by a master’s degree from Univ. of Ca, Fresno in Rehabilitation Counseling. She graduated with honors from every degree program and worked at the Department of Rehabilitation, Blind Field Services in Stockton, California between 2007-2012.
After the Handy family moved to South Carolina, Sandy worked as a Mobile Advocate for Worker’s Comp cases and later as a Counselor for the Department of Rehabilitation in Columbia, South Carolina, between 2012-2014. She found great satisfaction helping people receive the rehabilitation they needed to thrive. The Handy’s most recent place of residence is Fort Worth, TX, where Sandy battled numerous health complications that limited her mobility, lung health, and ability to eat enough to maintain her health.
Survivors: Sandy is survived by her husband, Michael Handy, who were married over 40 years plus and three of their four children, David (35), Adam (29), Jessica (27), plus Sandy’s mother, Geraldean (Geri) Cullison Boring, Sandy’s father, Russell Boring and his wife, Brenda. Michael’s sister Carolyn, her husband Larry, and daughter Kelli, and David Walton, and their three children. She is also survived by her aunt and namesake, Sandra (Sandy) Cullison Scott and Uncle Richard (Rick) Scott, cousins: James and Diana Sheley. James is married to Lisa Sheley and their children and grandchildren are, (Sara & Ryan & Lucy), Susana, (Emma, Daniel, Clementine), Nathaniel, Andrew. Diana Sheley Perez is married to David Perez, whose children are Michael Perez, Lane & Kayla Bannwart, Ashley Bannwart and Reid Bannwart.
Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
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