Sandra Tarves Beadell

April 3, 1943October 10, 2020

Beadell, Sandra Lynn (Tarves), 77, of Midlothian, Virginia passed away peacefully on October 10, 2020 with her husband and daughter by her side. Sandy fought a decade-long battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma with a gentle courage, kind, compassionate and lady-like demeanor which were her hallmark attributes.

Sandy was born on April 3, 1943 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is the eldest daughter of the late Frederick Stuart Tarves and the late Jean Sturgis Tarves. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, H. Briggs Beadell Jr.; her only daughter, Ashley Beadell Pinar (Ibo); her grandchildren Catherine Calligan “Callie” Pinar and Briggs Arin Pinar; her sister Nancy Tarves Wheeler, her niece Courtney Wheeler Gonzalez (Lenin); her great nephew, Aidin Gray Gonzalez, all of Midlothian, Va, and her dear cousin Philip Knause (Faye) and his children, of Richmond, Va.

Sandy was a graduate of Westhampton College- University of Richmond. Sandy had a rewarding career in teaching, and retired after 20 years from Chesterfield County Public Schools in 1995. She was most proud of being recognized for her commitment to teaching in the Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She was a longtime member of Salisbury Country Club where she played tennis. She was passionate about volunteer work, working with the Senior Center of Richmond, Planned Parenthood, and most recently, Meals on Wheels which she participated in with her dear friend, Bonnie Willard. Sandy’s greatest passion was spending time in the sun at her beloved Rivah home. Sandy fiercely loved her family and friends. She was a loving wife and mother and devoted “Nana”. She truly put the needs of others above her own and was the best human example of purity and grace. As a result, she made everyone feel at ease and was a friend to many. Sandy was an elegant lady but had an edgy, fun, sarcastic sense of humor. Those who knew her were truly blessed.

Sandy’s family extends its heartfelt gratitude to her exceptional caregivers at both MCV and At Home Care and Hospice.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, funeral services will be private. A memorial celebration for Sandy will be held at a later date in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5540 Falmouth Street, Suite 101, Richmond, Va 23230.


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Jim Markham

October 18, 2020


I was saddened to learn of Sandra’s death. Our prayers are with you and your family. Jim Markham(TJ ‘61)

Don Bechtel

October 14, 2020

I was saddened to hear about Sandy's decade long struggle with lymphoma and her passing. From 1983 until 1986, I had the honor to work with her at Robious Elementary School when Ashley was an elementary student. Sandy was truly a light of positivity with everyone around her. She was never too busy to help others. Family was the core of her life. Sandy and Briggs were so proud of Ashley and her persistence and "can do" attitude as a student, as well as her cheerful social skills with peers and adults. One Christmas, Briggs and Sandy opened their home to the entire Robious faculty for a holiday gathering. Sandy and I also had a Pennsylvania connection, because I grew up in Allentown and she was raised in Reading. She was a lady of quiet eloquence, who knew the right words of encouragement for students and educators. Briggs, Ashley, and all of Sandy's family I extend my sincerest condolences.

Larry & Pam Shaw

October 14, 2020

Briggs, we were sorry to hear of your loss and our Prayers are w/you and your family. God Bless Pam & Larry Shaw

Dick Phillips

October 13, 2020

To all who were fortunate to know and love Sandy, but especially to Briggs, Ashley, Ebo, Callie and Briggy,

She was the light and we were the moths.
And, while the light was recently dimmed by her discomfort, she is now free of pain and free to shine down on us as never before. Just find the brightest star in the sky. That's Sandy, willing each of us to laugh and love and dance and recall the many wonderful memories we shared in her company.

Dick and "best friend" Laura Phillips

Libby McNamee

October 11, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss, Rebecca. She was such a lovely person! Prayers for you.

Jackie Pastis Margoles

October 10, 2020

My dearest Ashley and Briggs,
Where do I begin to describe my relationship with Sandy.. We were both new at being Mothers as we were trying to bring up our children with love and
Hope that we didn’t stumble through our
Journey...Sandy always turned heads as she entered any social event...I don’t think she realized how lovely she was.. But to me she was a great friend that I could laugh and cry with, as our lives moved on..
Some friends can be apart for years but one phonecall and you pick up as though time never came between us...I will miss her forever and hope The entire family
Has strength to carry on as Sandy would want.. I asked Andy to look after her...
I know he will...
With Love and affection
Jackie Margoles


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