Sandra Marie Thompson

March 11, 1944June 12, 2018

Sandra “Sandy” Marie Thompson transitioned peacefully to heaven on June 12, 2018 from McLaren Medical Center ICU. She was born to Eugene and Martha Thompson in Muskegon, Michigan. Graduation was first from Muskegon High School and then from Michigan State University, receiving a BA and MA in Elementary Education.

Sharing her love for Jesus and children and teaching, she taught for 30 years at Bath Middle School. She also spent her summers and free time in evangelistic ministries, Family Life crusades, daily vacation bible schools, Galilean Bible Camp (Blind River, Ontario) and other Canadian Sunday School mission camps and camps across the U.S. For many years she traveled as a “cousin” with Uncle Charley and Aunt Pearl. Okoboji Lakes Bible and Missionary Conference in Arnolds Park, Iowa was a favorite part of her summer schedule.

Sandy has been a prayer warrior/supporter across the years and across the world. Her prayer ministry focused on individuals, families, churches and mission organizations. She was a kind and thoughtful giver of her love, her life and her livelihood. Her last moments were spent accompanied by loving friends reading scriptures, singing hymns and praying together.

Some of her special friends include the Earl Nelson Singers with Verna Holly, Melvin Holly, Millie Holly and Grace Carter; Verna Holly Piano Studio students; Okoboji Lakes Bible and Missionary Conference; Grace Bible Baptist Fellowship; United Conference for Women; Bath School Colleagues; Carolyn Hall and her family; Tom and Mary VanDyke and family; Lisa Gass and her mother, Laurie; Debi Robinson, Maxine Hewett and her, brother Robert Hewett.

Special thanks to the staff at Burcham Hills Rehabilitation and McLaren Medical Center ICU.

Funeral service at Gorsline Runciman East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River, East Lansing, Friday at 1 p.m. Visitation before service at 12 noon.

Burial will follow at Rose Cemetery in Bath.

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The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman East Chapel, East Lansing.

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Mark Swinerton

February 23, 2019

Mary and I just found out about Sandy’s retirement to heaven. I first met Sandy and Aunt Pearl in 1985. I traveled on the Gospel team for five summers in a row. The last three with my wife Mary. Sandy and I shared a birthday month. First of all I will never forget Sandy’s love for Jesus. She was a faithful supporter from the beginning when Mary and I headed to the mission field. Sandy liked to have fun and I will never forget her laugh. The last time we were in the States on Home Ministry Assighnment, we were only able to connect with Sandy via a phone call. Our hearts are saddened to know that we have lost such a great prayer warrior.

Adam Fox

October 16, 2018

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have tried to get in touch of Sandy and Aunt Pearl a few times over the last several years. I am so grateful for their contribution in helping to pay for my high school graduation party (in 2007) and part of my college education. They have helped my ministry to get off to a great start, and I am grateful for their support of a total stranger they read about in the newspaper! May God bless you in the days ahead.

MaryBeth Thayer

July 23, 2018

In the summer of 1981 I had the privilege as a recent, 18 year old high school graduate, to work with Aunt Pearl Faugust in her summer ministry. Sandy Thompson was a member of that team as well. What a wonderful Christian mentor Sandy was for me at that time. Sandy was a most gracious person, loving and kind with a belief and reliance on Christ that opened my heart and mind to the richness of serving Christ whole heartedly. I met my husband that summer on one of our destinations- of course, I didn't know that at that moment and Aunt Pearl was less than thrilled. Sandy met him, was gracious and then prayed about it. She said that the Lord had shown her, through His eyes, that there was a glow around the two of us and that Aunt Pearl was to leave it be. Neither my husband or I at that time thought it was anything more than coffee, letters and phone conversations. But 36 years later here we are still married with four grown children and 5 grandchildren loving each other and loving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every moment of every day.
Sandy taught a women's Bible Study that summer on building your life/house on Christ's foundation. I have never forgotten it and the principles learned are part of my life today. Praise the Lord! And just recently the Lord brought to mind a song from that summer sung by a pastor's wife we met along the way--The Shelf Behind the Door. A song that struck us both and we talked about it often during the course of our time together. I thank the Lord for Sandy's passage through my life. There was much learned and her love and dedication to the Lord was a stellar example of how the Christian life should be conducted.

Diane Slocum

June 15, 2018

Oh, now we celebrate your beautiful life here Sandy. You touched so many lives for Jesus, souls that will be with you thru eternity because of your love for every person you came in contact with,
Always will be greatful you an Aunt Pearl took our little girl, on your ministry trips, teaching children about Jesus. Many visits with our family, she will be truly missed. Thank you Jesus she was your solider here. Now with you in Glory. See you one day soon.

Abby Dee

June 13, 2018

She was a sweet lady and a good teacher.

Debi Robinson

June 13, 2018

Sweet sweet Sandy! Oh how you will be missed! One of the most kind and compassionate people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing! You created so many lovely memories for me to rely upon but they will never be enough to ease the heartbreak of knowing you are not coming back to create more! Rest easy my dear lady friend and know you were and still are loved by many! Bubba- Bubba