OBITUARY

Sandy Summers

August 22, 1946September 2, 2020
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Sandy Summers passed away peacefully on September 2, 2020 in her home in Grapevine, Texas at the age of 74, surrounded by family.

She was born in Leesville, Louisiana on August 22, 1946 to Raymond and Martha Gies. After graduating from Refugio High School she attended business school. She later went on to work in human resources for Jerell Clothing Company in Dallas, Texas where she met the love of her life Bill Summers. They married in 1985. Sandy and Bill eventually started their own business as meeting planners where they met many of their closest friends.

Sandy was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother sister and friend. She had a passion for travel, her favorite places to visit were Hawaii, Alaska and Las Vegas where you could find her playing roulette. She always enjoyed getting dressed up and going out to have a martini, appetizers and making new friends – she never met a stranger.

Sandy will always be remembered for her selflessness and she will be deeply missed by so many.

Sandy was preceded in death by her father, Raymond, her mother Martha, and her husband Bill. She is survived by her two daughters, Sheila McGrew and Julie Partridge, her grandchildren Stacie Martinez, Taylor Partridge , and Christopher Martinez , three great grandchildren Aylee Barajas, Tristan Sprabary and Kaison Adams. She is also survived by her sister Fran (Don) Hawke, sister Jo Baxter her brother Johnny Gies.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isiah 40:31

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Memories

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Tina Teza

September 8, 2020

In January of 1990, I had a business trip to NYC and Sandy had a trip for Jerrell. We decided to meet there and stay the weekend. She got us a great deal on a room at the Plaza (expensive even then). Even though we had both been to NYC several times, we had a fabulous time sightseeing when we weren’t working. We saw a play, had drinks in the Oak Room, went to the top of the World Trade Center and had drinks in the Rainbow Room. Of course we couldn’t miss out on going to the top of the Empire State Building to check out the view. A couple of years later when she heard I was getting married and planning on honeymooning in NYC, she offered to pull some strings to get us a room at the Plaza at an affordable rate. We were thrilled when we arrived to find out she had arranged for us to have a spectacular corner room over looking Central Park. Sandy was a generous and thoughtful friend. I will never forget spending that long ago week with her or how she made our honeymoon even more special. Miss you!

Jan Christian

September 8, 2020

I met Sandy and Bill on my very first Travel Director Program in Chicago. From that program on I became friends with both of them.

Sandy and Bill taught me how to play roulette wow that was tedtrmental to my pocket book but we loved to play and enjoy our drinks and laugh.

Sandy was always kind to me and when she first found out she had cancer she also was grieving the loss of Bill. I tried to be there for her and as her friend if I was asked to work and couldn't I would throw her name in the hat.

I am going to miss going to dinner or talking on the phone about our kids and grandkids.

I know she is with Bill and her Mom and Dad .

I have always said it so much harder for those that are left behind because they walk the with God and are pain free now

RIP my dear friend and look down on all of us till we meet again

Aylee Barajas

September 6, 2020

My sweet Nana. I have too many memories that 2000 words can’t begin describe. You were my rock and my whole soul. A part of me is forever with you. I love you so much and I wish I was texting your phone and not this memory book. I’m glad I got to be your great granddaughter. You taught me everything I know and you were always there. You still are always here. And I know to look for you in the color red always. I don’t know what else to say other than I miss you so much. I’m so thankful for everything you’ve done for me and for everyone. You truly were an angel sent from heaven and I can’t wait to see you again. I love you so so much. Nothing will be the same without you.

-your sweet girl, Aylee Jade ❤️

Patti O'Neil

September 5, 2020

Sandy and I have been friends for over twelve years, and I worked with Bill three years before I met Sandy. She fought so hard the last six years to beat her cancer and always kept her faith in God and Christ. We enjoyed meeting for dinner throughout the years at Silver Fox and always each August to celebrate our birthdays with martinis and red wine. Unfortunately this August we didn't have a chance to meet. I am going to miss my dear friend, but know she is with the love of her life, sweet Bill. Sandy, I love you and will think about you when I'm in Vegas.

Shadrack Osewe

September 5, 2020

I wish the family strength and fortitude during this difficult time. Fare thee well Sandra.

Donna & Mike Levesque

September 5, 2020

Sandy was our prayer "warrior" 5 years ago when she found out that our son, Cary, was in ICU dying of MRSA. She never let up. She texted us words of encouragement and Bible scriptures daily to uplift us. She never stopped praying. She was devastated when she heard that we lost him forever. A week or so later, Sandy called me about a dream she had that was so real, she was astonished. She said that she dreamed that she walked into a huge banquet hall with many people celebrating. The celebration seemed to be for a young man who was standing with 3 other young people who appeared to be his close friends. When he saw Sandy enter the hall, it was like time stopped. He slowly came to Sandy and put his arms around her in the biggest hug. She said he was tall and handsome and never said a word, but when she went to release the hug, he held on just a few moments more and then looked her in the eyes with the most wonderful smile on his face. He never said a word.

I am convinced that Cary was that handsome young man and that he wanted to thank Sandy for being our rock and our comfort during the most terrible time of our lives. She described him to a "T", yet she had never met him or seen a photo of him. I believe with all my heart that his 3 friends were Jonathan, Nick and Teresa. Jonathan was murdered at the electronics store he and Cary worked at, having filled in for Cary that Saturday morning years back. And Nick, Cary's high school buddy became very ill and Cary was by his side every step of the way, trying to figure out why Nick was sick, but Nick died anyway. And Nick's sister, Teresa died of cancer only a few years later after graduating college and would have had her whole life ahead of her. I was so happy to hear this dream. It gave me hope and comfort to know that our son is OK. Sandy, now you can get a REAL hug from Cary! Thank you for being my forever friend!

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