Kay Ellen Sanford

November 26, 1952July 29, 2013
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Kay Ellen Sanford, of Bloomington died unexpectedly in Boise, Idaho at the age of 60. She was the daughter of Allen and Mildred Slickers and was born in Davenport, Iowa. The family moved to Indiana in 1954. At the age of 13, she was the Indiana state Easter Seals poster child.Kay graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s degree in elementary education. She taught at the Lighthouse Christian Academy for many years and was a long-term substitute teacher at RBBCSC. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and was the accompanist for the Monroe County Melody Makers. Kay was an active member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church for 32 years. She was one of the first Children’s Choir Directors at SOCC, she was a Stephen’s Minister and she served on many women’s ministry committees. Kay’s passion was for the SOCC Music Ministry, where she was a pianist for the Choir and played keyboard for the Praise and Worship Teams. Kay is survived by her loving husband Tim Sanford, two sons: Nathanial(wife Kate) of Fitchburg, MA., and Aaron Sanford of Indianapolis, IN, her mother Mildred Slickers, two brothers: Randy(wife Jane)Slickers of Twin Falls, Idaho, Mark Slickers of Lafayette, IN and one sister: Margo(husband Lance)Taylor of W. Lafayette, IN. Kay is also survived by two grandsons: Owen and Gavin Sanford. She was preceded in death by her father and sister-in-law Barbara Slickers. Friends may call on Monday, August 5, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E. Rogers Road, Bloomington, IN 47401. The funeral service will be held at the church on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. with one-hour visitation prior to the service. Long-time friend and SOCC Senior Minister, Tom Ellsworth, will be delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Day Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be made to


  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Frances & Becky Britt

August 14, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathy over the loss of Kay. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you through the coming days. May the Lord bless and keep you as you face this difficult time. Sincerely, Frances and Becky Britt

Alice Taatgen

August 6, 2013

I am so sorry to hear this unexpected news and I wish Tim and the family strenght for the time ahead.

Teresa Thacker

August 5, 2013

So sorry to hear of the passing of Kay. I got to know her thru substituting at RBBCSC. A very sweet lady she was. She will be missed by many.

August 5, 2013

We were so sad to learn of Kay's passing. She was a strong, talented lady who loved her family and served others with a smile. May God comfort Tim & Nate & Aaron and all her family. We are sorry we cannot visit or attend her funeral as we are out of town. Please know we will miss her and are thinking of you and praying for you. Tom & Jeana Kapczynski, Ellettsville, IN

Mark & Angie Kruszynski

August 5, 2013

Oh Tim,
The memories of Marching Band and painting the tarp. What a pain!! But you and Kay and your humors made the pain bearable!! I am remembering Nathan coming to school with a tie on ---and no shirt (or was that his HS grad picture?)--crazy times...Kay will be so missed by so many. No words can express our heartfelt sorrow at your loss.

John Smith

August 5, 2013

So sorry to hear about losing Kay. What a tremendous person and role model she was for so many people. Her infectious smile will always be my memory of her!! God's blessings to you Tim, Nathan, and Aaron. John and Ann Smith

Ronald Weaver

August 5, 2013

I am sorry to hear about Kay's passing Tim. We will keep you and the family in our prayers. May God comfort you and the boys in the days ahead.

Cindy Lane Barnett

August 5, 2013

I'm so sorry to read of Kay's death. My thoughts are with all of you.

August 4, 2013

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. The Judy and Byron Butler family, Carrie, Dawn and Dennis. (Lafayette, Indiana)

Beverly Kensinger

August 4, 2013

So sorry I can't be with you, but I have wonderful memories of happy times together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I love you all.