OBITUARY

Andrea Jean Underwood

September 25, 1951April 28, 2014

Andrea Jean “Andee” Underwood of Dallas, Texas, passed away on April 28 following a sudden stroke. She was 62. Andee was born to Baxter Abbott Sparks, Jr., and Mary Jean (Wheeler) Sparks, on September 25, 1951. She is survived by her husband George, children Gentry, Baxter, Hilary, and Anne, and eight grandchildren, as well as her father and her brothers Braden and Ryan. Andee was born and raised in Dallas. She graduated from Hillcrest High School, the University of Texas, and she earned a Certificate of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2012. Andee loved her family and cared deeply for her husband, children and her grandchildren, who called her “Grandee.” She spent the last years of her life traveling from Dallas to Northern and Southern California, Alaska, and Washington State to help her children with their young and growing families. Doing so was the greatest joy of her life. Andee always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She was loving, persevering, thoughtful, hard-working, and a deeply committed Christian. For many years she taught a Bible study on Proverbs 31 to young married women and remained a friend and mentor to many of them for life. She was especially drawn to helping women suffering from cancer or other debilitating diseases after having helped her own mother, who died of cancer at age 48. She was constantly involved in Bible studies, traveled to Russia, Colombia and other countries as a lay missionary, and counted many D.T.S. faculty and their families as close friends. She organized and helped run Luke’s Locker, a used-clothing outlet for seminary students. An artist all her life, she loved to paint with watercolors, illustrated stationary, and found joy in beauty wherever she encountered it. Andee was a joy to all who knew her. She rests now in glory in the arms of her beloved, faithful and loving Savior, Jesus Christ. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas on Friday May 2 at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Dallas Theological Seminary or your local church.

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Anne Underwood

June 26, 2014

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Cheryl Taub DeShong Atwood

June 24, 2014

Fond memories come to mind of our days in Junior High/High School. I remember your kind spirit and warm smile. To all Andee's family; children and grandchildren, I was so saddened to hear of Andee's passing. Cherish the memories forever.

Linda Perkins

June 5, 2014

Andee and I were friends in High School. She was always so kind and so much fun. We had many great sleep overs at her house. Her life sounds so much like I would have predicted. I know she has a great place in Glory. Love and Blessings to her family.
Linda Barbettini Perkins.

Hilary McNamara

May 30, 2014

Love you mom

John Kolar

May 18, 2014

So very sorry to hear of Andee's sudden passing. God bless her and all the family. My memeries of us as kids are even more precious.

May 13, 2014

Dear George and family,
As you may remember, I met Andee 40 years ago when she was a young woman just out of school looking for a job, and only months away from her wedding day. She only worked for me for a short while and we probably had only 5 or 6 hours of meaningful conversations, but she has remained a wonderful, wonderful memory ever since. She had such a beautiful and radiant spirit and even though I knew her only briefly many years ago, I always considered her a friend. I managed to run into her only once over the years, maybe 15 or 16 years ago. Remarkably, nothing had changed – she was still beautiful, her smile still warm and inviting, her joy, infectious and radiant. I am so sad to know she has gone and so very sorry for your loss.

Mike Mitchell

Rhoda and Ed Reynolds

May 10, 2014

Rhoda & I were blessed in our early marriage days by you and Andee on Normandy. We rejoice and grieve Andee's passing. Will be praying for you.

Fr. Gregory Schweers

May 7, 2014

Dear Gentry, Baxter, Hilary, Anne, and George,

As a Cistercian and teacher of Gentry and Baxter, I had more than a few conversations with Andrea, aka, Mrs. Underwood. While we had our disagreements from time to time, I found her a woman of graciousness and concern for her two boys & their, at times, cantankerous English teacher. To have lost her so suddenly must be an especial kind of loss. Having seen both my parents die within 4 months of each other (Sept/2013 & Jan/2014), I have a bit of perspective on this difficult time. Please be assured of my prayers for the repose of her soul and of God's mercy on her and all of us.

Isela Perez

May 6, 2014

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Carol Seay

May 6, 2014

Dear George and family,
I was attending a wedding in Georgia when I heard of Andee's passing. Words can not express how sad I am for your loss. It has been a number of years since our paths have crossed as we were in different stages of our lives, but I have fond memories of our times together exercising at 5:30 in the morn at the very small women's work out area. I looked forward to our daily visits and keeping up with all. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carol Seay