Obituary for Sandra L "Sandy" Smith

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Sandra L "Sandy" Smith

January 16, 1942 - April 7, 2013

Sandra L. "Sandy" (Spears) Smith, age 71 went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, April 7, 2013. She was a lifelong resident of Morgantown. Sandy will be remembered for her strong faith in God and her love for her family & friends. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Sandy was born in North Vernon on January 16, 1942 to the late Edward and Arlene (Lambert) Spears. She was a 1960 graduate of Morgantown High School. Playing and teaching piano was a great passion of Sandy's and she taught private piano lessons out of her home for more than 50 years.

She was most recently employed at McDonald's Restaurant and at Grandma's Restaurant both in Trafalgar. Sandy is best remembered as the owner and operator, along with her children, of the Smith's Family Restaurant in Morgantown & Trafalgar from 1982 to 1994.

Sandy was a member and a pianist of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Trafalgar and a former member of Morgantown Baptist Church. She was a member of the Morgantown Order of the Eastern Star and the Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority of Morgantown. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Sandy was known for her cooking and famous for her brownies and baked beans at family gatherings.

Sandy will be remembered by her four children: Debbie (Kenny) Ferguson & Dr. Steve Smith, both of Morgantown, Dan (Elaine) Smith of Martinsville & Sara (Joe) Barnett of Nineveh; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant son: Gerald Eugene Smith; a daughter in law: Tenara Anne Smith and a granddaughter: Tenara "Nikki" Jones.

The Revs. Dan Smith, Dr. Steve Smith, Burt Brock and Brett Baird will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 am Thursday at the Morgantown First Christian Church, 2717 S. Morgantown Road in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Sandy to her great granddaughter, Tenara Noelle Jones "College Education Fund", In care of Meredith – Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 308 Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Smith family at

Information: 812-597-4670


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Born: January 16, 1942
Died: April 7, 2013

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Jim and Pat Sells posted on 1/1/00

Steve, were so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Sandy. We will be here for you.l


Melanie Dallas-Coady posted on 1/1/00

We will keep you all in our prayers as you go through this time. Your mother will be remembered as a Godly lady, with such a tremendous work ethic......... she was a wonderful example for us all and we are thankful to have known her. Joey and Amy Dallas, Tim and Melanie Coady


Carla Skinner Popplewell posted on 1/1/00

Debbie, Dan, Steve, Sara, and families. Sandy was a friend, neighbor, employer.( I babysat for her and worked at her resturant). She was one of the kindest people I ever met. I loved to listen to her playing the piano. Sometimes I would sit outside our house and just listen to her playing in your home in Arnold Addition in Morgantown. She was my first piano teacher, and a fellow church member at the Morgantown Baptist Church. My father, Leon Skinner,enjoyed her piano solo of Amazing Grace. If he had his way she would have played it every Sunday. He remembers her playing at church when she was just 12 years old. When I was younger and singing at church I loved it when Sandy accomplied me. She made me sound better than I was. She played the organ at my wedding and played beautiful. She was a great example of a Christian Woman. She will be missed by all who know her.


Coach Long and Teresa Long posted on 1/1/00

To the Barnett family: Coach Long and I want to send our condolences to your entire family. Your mother, grandmother was a very sweet woman that always had a smile on her face. Whenever I would see her she would pat me on the shoulder or back and ask how I was. She will be missed. Remember, God has another angel in heaven watching over her family.


Cristine, Emily, Mariah & Caitlin Schoolcraft posted on 1/1/00

Sandy touched our lives and our hearts with her passion for music and her love for the Lord. We feel blessed to have had her in our lives. Our prayers are for her family and friends. We rejoice for the time we had with her. God bless :)


Martha Sparks posted on 1/1/00

Sandy has been teaching my daughter, Angela to play the piano. I looked forward to visiting her every Tuesday. She was a big encouragement in our lives. We had been going through a really stressful time. Last Tuesday before I left she was telling me she had been to the doctor and told me how she was feeling. But before I left she tells me she had been praying for me that morning. A true friend I valued her friendship and I will miss her. I will be praying for all of you in your loss. She talked to me about her family. You were really loved by her.


Lanham's posted on 1/1/00

I met Sandy sometime ago at my job and we talked several times. Only last Tuesday did Iget the pleasure of speaking with her again. She was wonderful to my son amd fixed her brownies for son will truely miss her and only the few times he got to spend withher can say he loved her..I pray for peace for the family and know that the special times you had will always be great memories!! May God give you strength to handle next coming days. May Sandy rest in peace!!


Mike & Sharon Smith posted on 1/1/00

We want to express our sadness in Sandy's passing, but knowing what we all know, what a blessing it is to be confident that she is home. We can't imagine losing a loved one who was not saved so we rejoice with you in knowing Jesus is listening to Sandy's great music being played and loving her in person today. May He comfort all of you at this time. Love, Mike and Sharon


Terresa (Terri) Branham posted on 1/1/00

My sincere sympathies in the passing of Sandy. I not only recall her from her days in the restaurant, but her singing gospel music. She was a gem!! I'm sure she has left a wonderful legacy of human kindness. RIP, Sandy.


kelly stewart posted on 1/1/00

so sorry for your loss.enjoyed working and talking with sandy.i still remember the first time my family ate at smiths,we were so impressed we returned may times.praying for your family .


Bonnie/Mark Stocklin posted on 1/1/00

We are so very sorry for your loss. Sandy was one of the best people I ever had the opportunity to meet and work for. She will be greatly missed you are all in out thoughts and prayers


Bonnie Stocklin posted on 1/1/00

We are very sorry to hear about Sandy today. She was so very kind and one of the best people I have ever worked for. She will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know she went straight into the arms of the Lord and will be a beautiful angel.


Jim and Pat Sells posted on 1/1/00

We loved Sandy so much. She was so loving and caring. When Tenara passed away, Brother Ritchie and his wife Cynthia, along with Jim and I spent the night at Steve's. Sandy came over with food and played the piano for us. We loved to hear her play on Steve's Baby Grand piano. Sandy came to Thompson Road Baptist Church many times. She will be missed.


Jim and Pat Sells posted on 1/1/00

We loved Sandy so very much. She was loving and caring. Brother Omer Ritchie, his wife Cynthia and Jim and I spent the night at Steve Smith's house after Tenara passed away. Sandy came over with food and played the piano for us. We loved to hear her play. Sandy came to Thompson Road Baptist Church with Steve several times where we were members. We have now moved to Tennessee and Steve and his family have visited us several times. Steve helped us build an addition to our house. Our love and prayers are with the Smith family.


Dennis & Karen Trusty posted on 1/1/00

We loved seeing Sandy!! what a great person see was!! & an inspiration to us!! Sandy always had a kind word everytime I spoke with her!! Rest in Peace my dear sweet Sandy!! JOB WELL DONE GOOD & FAITHFUL SERVANT!! See you again someday!!