Sandra Sandy Kay (Porter) Sponaugle

May 28, 1949July 26, 2018
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Sandra Sponaugle, 69, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at her home in Attica. She was born on May 28, 1949 in Holden, West Virginia to the late James Harrison and Eva Christine Porter. Shortly after graduating from Huntington High School, Sandra was married to the love of her life, Charles Sponaugle, and he survives. She and Charles raised three children together, and Sandra devoted her time to making certain they were well cared for.

Sandra loved participating in daily conversations with her friends. She would also enjoy helping her husband split and stack wood for the fireplace. She and her sister, Lou, would take yearly visits to Myrtle Beach. Christmas was Sandra’s favorite holiday, and she never encountered a Christmas tree that did not need more decorations. She was also an avid gardener and fan of NASCAR. Her favorite driver was Tony Stewart. Having been raised in the coal fields of West Virginia, she made sure that her cooking was always the best of the best. She will be forever missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, Charles, Sandra is survived by her children, James (Marsha) Sponaugle, Rebecca (David) Trent, and Jeffrey (Kristin) Sponaugle; sisters, Lou Ellen (David) Davis, and Susan McElroy; and grandchildren, Abigail Trent, Ancil Trent, and Audrey Sponaugle.

In addition to her parents, Sandra was preceded in death by a brother, William Porter.

There will be a public visitation for Sandra held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home on Sunday, July 29th from 1-3 pm, immediately followed by a funeral service.

Memorial contributions in Sandra’s name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society.


  • James Harrison Porter, Father
  • Eva Christine Porter, Mother
  • Charles Sponaugle, Husband
  • James Sponaugle, Son
  • Rebecca Trent, Daughter
  • Jeffrey Sponaugle, Son
  • Lou Ellen Davis, Sister
  • Susan McElroy, Sister
  • William Porter, Brother
  • Abigail Trent, Grandchild
  • Ancil Trent, Grandchild
  • Audrey Sponaugle, Grandchild


  • Visitation Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sandra Sandy Kay (Porter) Sponaugle

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Dodie Howard

August 3, 2018

I will never forget the first time I met Sandy. She was at the Crossroads Restaurant in a Tony Stewart coat and I was admiring it. We got talking about Nascar and were friends every since. Everytime she would come into the restaurant she would look me up and ask for my section. She was such a very kind loving woman and I will never forget her. Gods Speed my friend.

Nick Jeanfils

July 30, 2018

I have fond memories of hanging out at the Sponaugle residence on Osage with Club Nerd. We were obviously clumsy and likely pretty rude teens, but we were obviously figuring it all out, and Sandie always made us feel welcome and accepted, which was huge. Hello to Jeff, James, and Becky. So, so sorry for your loss.

Jason Zinschlag

July 30, 2018

Very sad to hear of Sandie's passing. She was so good to me when I visited with Jeff back in our middle school and high school days. She was so dedicated to her family. I will miss her, and I wish to pass my condolences to Charles, her children, and other surviving family members. She loved you all very much! Sincerely, Jason Zinschlag

Carol Chen

July 29, 2018

Dear James, Becky and Jeff,
I am sorry I am not able to come to the service and pay my respects to your mother who was a wonderful wife, mother and friend to all. She was devoted to all of you. I remember the many visits during parent-teacher events your parents always attended. Few parents were as supportive as they were. I'm sure she was an exceptional grandparent, too.
The days ahead will be bittersweet as you mourn your loss and celebrate your mother's life. Losing your mother is like losing a part of yourself. You carry her in your hearts. The bond of love between you and your mother is eternal.
Supporting each other and your father during this difficult time honors your mother.

Jennifer Frame

July 27, 2018

Jennifer Frame

July 27, 2018

Jennifer Frame

July 27, 2018

Melissa McElroy

July 27, 2018



      “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Sandra Kay Sponaugle, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

      Sandra was born on May 28, 1949 in Holden, WV. She was the daughter of James Porter and Christine Porter. Raised in West Virginia, she was brought up to be hard working and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Sandra was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Sandra was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Sandra was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Sandra also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Sandra was raised with three siblings. She had two older sisters, Lou Ellen and Susan and an older brother, William. Sandra was constantly involved in activities with her family. Sandra and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Sandra was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Sandra was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Sandra was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Sandra took part in a number of activities as a child. She she was a majorette. Sandra's memorable achievements included homecoming queen.

      Sandra enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Sandra was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Sandra was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. She graduated from Huntington High School in 1967. Sandra enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was bookkeeping.

      Sandra had a good disposition. She always enjoyed reading. Not all things came easily to Sandra, however, and she found success by being a diligent and accurate person who would dig into a project and work through until it reached its completion. She was very thorough and labored long and hard in order to reach her goals.

      Most folks would say that Sandra was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Sandra was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Sandra best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Sandra kept. Later in life, she became friends with Sue and Will, Hazel and Galen Hodges, and continued lifelong friendships with her sisters, Lou Ellen and Suzie.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Sandra. On June 3, 1967 Sandra married Charles J. Sponaugle in Pearisburg, VA. She was totally committed to Charles and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Sandra naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Sandra disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      Sandra was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Sandra was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Sandra was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Sandra was blessed with three children, Two sons- James and Jeffrey and one daughter - Rebecca. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Abigail, Ancil and Audrey.

      If you gave Sandra a deadline, she would meet it. Without hesitation, Sandra could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was homemaker. During that time, Sandra excelled in working with whatever she had available. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Sandra was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Sandra had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems.
      Sandra liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Sandra's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Sandra preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were puzzles, gardening and holiday decorating. Sandra was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.

      While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Sandra often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. In high school, Sandra was a majorette. She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind NASCAR. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite driver, Tony Stewart whenever she got the opportunity.

      Due to her excellent organizational skills, Sandra was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which she belonged. Sandra could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Sandra was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. Throughout her later years, Sandra was an active member of the NRA, and was active in the Welcome Wagon when she lived in Kokomo,.

      Sandra was active in the community. She was practical and grounded and based her decisions on first hand experience. She was responsible and liked working to achieve results rather than just chattering about possibilities. Politically, Sandra was a strong supporter of the Republican party.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Sandra had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included Myrtle Beach and New York City,and Portland. Oregon.

      Dogs were Sandy's favorite pets. She had a few throughout her years, with Snoop being the most recent. Sandra was as loyal to her pets as they were to her.

       She had taken the time to learn about her various options and chose her course wisely. Her new life involved relocating to the country life outside of Attica, IN. In retirement, she found pleasure in splitting and stacking firewood with her husband, Charles. Decorating the house and surrounding buildings for the holidays. Even in retirement, Sandra continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Sandra passed away on July 26, 2018 at her home in Attica, Indiana. Sandra fought a brave battle with breast cancer and kidney cancer and numerous issues from radiation treatment. She is survived by her husband, Charles and her children, James, Rebecca and Jeffrey and her grandchildren, Abigail, Ancil and Audrey. Services were held at Sunset Memory Gardens in Kokomo, IN. Sandra was laid to rest in Sunset Memory Gardens in Kokomo, Indiana.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Sandra was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Sandra was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Sandra Sponaugle was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Sandra. She will be greatly missed.