Sandra Hernandez

December 12, 1957May 31, 2021
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Sandra Valero Hernandez a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother went home to heaven on May 31, 2021. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and especially loved her.

Sandra was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Geraldine Addie Valero and Frank Valero. She married the love of her life Jose Hernandez, Sr. and they made Columbus, Georgia home. After Sandra retired from AFLAC she and Jose moved to Florida in 2017 to begin their next adventure. She was working for Allstate at the time of her passing.

Sandra was one who never met a stranger, her spirit and love for others was one no one could compare. Sandra loved her family and her Lord Jesus Christ. She was a member of Second Baptist Church of Columbus. Sandra loved traveling, shopping, and had a talent for beautifying all that she was involved with. She especially loved spending time with her family. Sandra is preceded in death by her loving mother, Geraldine Addie Valero.

She leaves her loving legacy to be cherished by her: loving husband, Jose Hernandez, Sr.; her children: Melissa (Ricardo) Portalatin, Daveena Hernandez (Dr. David Edwards) Edwards, Jose (Lindsey) Hernandez, and Matthew Hunt; her loving father, Frank Urban Valero; her brothers: Anthony (Becky) Valero, Johnny (Wanda) Valero, and Alejandro “Leo” Valero; her sister, Libby (David) Carver; her adored grandchildren: Felecia (Sam) Mathews, Brye (Hunter) Smith, Cayden Hernandez, Marisa Hernandez, and Chandler Hernandez; her very adored great grandchildren: Tanner Mathews, Addison Mathews, and Grayson Smith. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and other family members to cherish her loving memory.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the Mill Room at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus, Georgia. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM in Parkhill Cemetery on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 with Reverend Mike Reeves officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association,, in memory of Sandra Hernandez.

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  • Jose Luis Hernandez, Sr., Her Loving Husband
  • Melissa Portalatin (Ricardo), Daughter
  • Daveena Edwards (Dr. David Edwards), Daughter
  • Jose Hernandez (Lindsey), Son
  • Matthew Hunt, Son
  • Frank Valero, Father
  • Geraldine Addie Valero, Mother (deceased)
  • Anthony Valero (Becky), Brother
  • Johnny Valero (Wanda), Brother
  • Alejandro "Leo" Valero, Brother
  • Libby Carver (David), Sister
  • Felecia Mathews (Sam), Grandchild
  • Brye Smith (Hunter), Grandchild
  • Cayden Hernandez, Grandchild
  • Marisa Hernandez, Grandchild
  • Chandler Hernandez, Grandchild
  • Tanner Mathews, Great Grandchild
  • Addison Mathews, Great Grandchild
  • Grayson Smith, Great Grandchild
  • Sandra also leaves her loving memory to be cherished by numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.


  • Visitation for Family and Friends

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • A Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021


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Dawn Christensen

June 16, 2021

Sandra was an angel here on earth to so many. We bonded over many things professionally and personally including the loss of our mothers. I’m stunned at this news. There’s no doubt the void you must feel but I hope you will always be comforted in her peaceful watch over you in the arms of the Lord. It’s been years but I can still hear voice in my head. Love and condolences to you all.

Sharon (Woodward ) Shaw

June 16, 2021

I’m sorry for your loss. I knew Sandy from skateland in Columbus. I use to work in the concession stand. My daughter Anna is friends with her daughter. She was always so nice to me. Once again I’m so sorry for your loss.

Annette Goodwin

June 13, 2021

My heart is broken of the thought of Sandra not being with us here on earth. At work, she & I shared our love of plants. Sandra was always kind & genuinely a great lady. I will miss her terribly but take comfort knowing heaven has gained another angel.
Prayers in abundance for her family.💕🌹

Vickie McNabb

June 9, 2021

My thoughts, and prayers are with the family during their difficult time. May God bless you.

Emily Phillips

June 7, 2021

My deepest condolences to Sandra's family. Sandra was awesome to work with and always had a friendly smile for everyone she came in contact with. May God continue to shine on each of you and bring you comfort only He can provide during this time.

Cynetha williams

June 7, 2021

"Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal". My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, loved ones and friends. May God's comfort and peace keep you.

Tamesia Paschal-Golden

June 7, 2021

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Hernandez Family! Rest Well!

Bahija Noell

June 7, 2021

I worked alongside Sandra for many years and enjoyed her friendship and support. She loved life and was a great person to be around. She touched my life with her optimism and joy. I will miss her. My sincere condolences to her family and her friend. God Bless You.

Bryan Roger

June 7, 2021

Sandra will be truly missed. She was always encouraging and upbuilding to everyone here at Aflac.

Bryan Rogers

Theresa Jones

June 7, 2021

Sandra was always a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. She always had a kind word, a smile and a hug for everyone. I will always remember her smile and the joy that she shared everyday.