OBITUARY

Shirley Patterson Sandidge

November 7, 1941May 14, 2019
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Shirley Patterson Sandidge, 77, of Madison Heights, Virginia passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019. She was the loving wife of 56 years to William Marshall Sandidge of Pedlar Mills, Virginia.

Born November 7th, 1941 in Madison Heights, she was the daughter of the late Herman Lee Patterson and Margaret Beard Patterson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Herman (Pat) Lee Patterson Jr. and a sister, Doris Patterson Bryant.

Shirley was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She loved all of her Bowie and Heidelberg kids. Our home was a second home for them and she made them all feel loved and accepted. She was a second mom to many and a first mom to some. She had a great sense of humor and her smile lit up a room. She made all those around her feel loved. She traveled all over the world and was a great Army wife and mother. As an Army wife, her husband Will appreciated her unwavering support and love. He always gave her credit for raising the kids when he was deployed. She lived in Virginia, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas, Maryland, Kansas, California and Heidelberg Germany. Shirley has treasured friends from Japan, Germany, Norway and throughout the United States.

She leaves to cherish her memory three children, Mary Beth Duffy (Brian) of Forest, Karen Amato (Peter) of Lynchburg, William M. Sandidge Jr. (Amy) of Goode; six grandchildren, Brent Amato, Colton Amato, Noelle Amato, Hunter Sandidge, Ciera Sandidge, Autumn Sandidge; two great grandchildren, Taylor Weschke Amato, Jayden McDowell; two sisters, Geraldine Hensley (Marvin), Hazel Mays; one very special cousin, Patsy Leftwich; many nieces and nephews; foreign exchange children & grandchildren Miyuki, Shiho, Mia and Maren.

We would like to thank the nurses of UVA Dialysis Center, Dr. Subhasish Bose, Dr. Dan Smith and the nurses at MICU, Lynchburg General Hospital. We will be forever grateful for the love and care you gave her.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be conducted at 11 am on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Madison Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Todd Blake & Rev. Tim Madison officiating. Interment will follow at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Monroe.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8pm on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Whitten Monelison Chapel, Madison Heights.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to Monelison Rescue Squad or Madison Heights Baptist Church. Whitten Funeral & Cremation, Monelison Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared at www.whittenmonelison.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Monelison Rescue Squad
  • Madison Heights Baptist Church

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memories

Shirley Patterson Sandidge

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Sharon Brooks

May 18, 2019

To Will and family.
Sorry for your loss. Shirley was the sweetest and kindest person. Will always remember her smile and friendliness. You'll are in my prayers!

Richard & Joan Micelli

May 17, 2019

Will & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Shirley will be remembered by all who had a chance to meet her. We have all those great memories from our high school days. Our prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Shelby Farmer Staples

May 16, 2019

Dear Will and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Knowing Shirley as children, adults, on into old (older?) womanhood, it was always a joy when I would run into her and we would take time for a little talk. Kindness and Goodness was her name. When she would ask about you and yours, you just knew her interest was sincere. And when she spoke of hers, more truthful and generous words you would never hear, as love undeniable poured from her heart. A wife, a mother, to be remembered.
I will remember Shirley Patterson Sandidge.
And I will wish for each of you years of grace in the assurance that you will someday look at that lovely, loving smile again.
My best, and please give my love to the two wonderful sisters, Hazel and Geraldine.
Shelby Farmer Staples
Winesap Road

Sterling Lee Patterson Oliver

May 16, 2019

Aunt Shirley filled a room with her laughter, supported her family fiercely and loved everyone she met. I am a better woman because I had her in my life and I will miss her terribly.

Anthony(Tony) Moshonas

May 16, 2019

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Shirley as I was friends with the family growing up. Shirley was a Classmate and I have many happy. memories from those school days.
Please accept my Heartfelt Sympathy for your Family’s loss. My thoughts are with you and your Family at this difficult time.
May your Heart find Peace and Comfort.

Lucy Irvine

May 16, 2019

So sad to hear of her death. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Linda Adams

May 16, 2019

Will & Family,
We are praying for each of you during this difficult time. Shirley was an amazing woman and this world will miss her Love. Every time I saw her she was a ray of sunshine and I personally will miss her. Now we have even more reason to live closer to the Lord so we’ll see her again one day.
Hugs,
Linda

Amy Foster

May 15, 2019

My Aunt Shirley was a ray of sunshine in my life. I always joked with her that, even though I knew she couldn't tell me, that I was really her daughter and she gave me to my mother, her sister, to raise, because she got pregnant to young. We would laugh. She was my sunshine......

Karen Givens

May 15, 2019

This lady was more precious than words can describe, and we will be forever grateful that we even were able to get to know her over the last two years, which was way too short. We loved her humor, encouragement, and her most beautiful and simplistic words to me (Karen Givens) said with such love about the loss of my own child. We will miss you so much, Shirley, and we look forward to seeing you again in heaven for eternity.

Denise johansen

May 15, 2019

An amazing woman who raised an amazing family. She had a heart of gold. She will always hold a special place in my heart. My Mom sends her love as well. When I shared the news with my Mom this morning, the first thing she said was, “Shirley was awful good to my children when they were growing up.”
God has a special place in heaven for her.
Denise Grimes Johansen

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