OBITUARY

Sandra Aeschliman

April 1, 1940January 3, 2012

Sandra Matthews Aeschliman, 71, departed this life January 3, 2012, into the arms of her Everlasting Father and the fellowship of the saints. Eternal Hills Funeral Home in Snellville, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements and a visitation will be held there on Friday, January 6th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7th at Parkview Church in Lilburn, Georgia. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sandra's memory to Parkview Church, Missions Committee, 4875 Lilburn Stone Mountain Rd., Lilburn, GA 30047.

Born April 1, 1940 to Robert Frank Matthews and Mary Atkinson Matthews of Grenada, MS, Mrs. Aeschliman attended Belhaven College. She was voted “Most Beautiful” her sophomore year both for her outward appearance and for her heart. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Education before marrying the love of her life, Richard “Ash” Aeschliman, June 17, 1962. Together, they spent 49 years building a life in service to the Lord.

Mrs. Aeschliman’s chief end throughout her life was in keeping with the Westminster Catechism, “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” She lived out her faith in many roles. She had a passion for gardening and knitting. Her mother taught her beautiful handiwork, and she often would knit gifts for others. As a pastor’s wife, she was a faithful partner in serving their congregation. Her home was always open providing endless hospitality. The fellowship led to much laughter around the table. As a young mother, she joyfully taught her children the gospel of Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and was a prayer warrior for them on a daily basis. She was their biggest fan at every school play, sporting event, and special ceremony. She was also a doting grandmother to ten grandchildren who appropriately called her “Honey”. She taught them piano, modeled compassion and kindness, and showered them with affection. She, again, used her heart’s capacity to cheer these children on, not only at various sporting events, but also to the foot of the Cross. Her unconditional love and devotion to her family was unmeasured.

In her career, she was a gifted teacher. She taught piano, Sunday School, high school English and English as a second language. This was her mission field. She took a special interest in each student and loved seeing them attain new goals. This love was reciprocated, and, again, laughter would abound in her classroom. She also travelled to China, Ecuador, and Peru on short term mission trips to teach English and spread the Good News.

Sandra Aeschliman’s survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Richard (Ash), of Stone Mountain; her children: Missy Lochstampfor and her husband Michael of Gainesville, GA; Libby Dunahoo and her husband John of Lawrenceville, GA; Rich Aeschliman, Jr. of Peachtree City, GA; and Rachel McVey and her husband Will of Braselton, GA; nine grandchildren, nieces and nephews. After a courageous battle with cancer, her soul has found its resting place in the glory of Emmanuel’s land. She has fought the good fight and has finished the race. To Him be all the praise

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 7, 2012
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Tom Craig

February 3, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bill & Cathy Hein

January 11, 2012

Ash performed the wedding for my husband Bill & me at Westminster in Elgin in 1968. I am so thankful to have had Sandra as a friend as new wife. Later when we had boy-girl twins, Sandra was the first to call to offer congratulations and help. We treasure our friendship with the Aeschliman family. May our gracious Heavenly Father keep you close.

Laurie Bobbitt

January 8, 2012

I was so saddened to hear of Sandra's passing. She was my first mentor while growing up in the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elgin, IL. I will never forget her huge smile, hearty laugh, great faith, contagious love for the Lord, & the fantastic conversations we shared about the things of God. Much love to Pastor Aeschliman, Missy, Libby, Rich, Rachel, & the rest of her family.

January 8, 2012

Just wanted the family to know I care. Sandra was a true professional who approached each day with a positive attitude. I have many fond memories of her when she taught at Towers.
"Sam" Wyrosdick

Johnny Stephens

January 8, 2012

Aunt Sandra will be greatly missed here on earth by all of us who loved her dearly, but Heaven is that much more beautiful with her there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Uncle Richard, Missy, Libby, Richie, and Rachel.

Paul and Kathy Perdue

January 8, 2012

Richard, our prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Lynn Himmelsbaugh

January 8, 2012

You are all in my prayers. It is so hard to let go, we want them to be well, but we want them with us as well. She is perfect now. And we will all meet up again soon. Love you Aunt Sandra.

January 7, 2012

Dick and family, I am so saddened to learn of Sandra's death. I'm sure she and Tom are visiting and "catching up" today. I'm so sorry I can't be there with you now, but due to an accident last week and subsequent concussion and broken wrist, I'm unable to travel.
I loved Sandra very much. She was a precious friend. What a beautiful smile she always had.
My deepest sympathy to all of you. May our Lord comfort and sustain you each and every day.
Love,
Nancy Kelley

January 7, 2012

Having grown up with Sandra, we always know Sandra was the one of us that would do the right thing. The Grenada Girls will miss her smile and her grace whenever we got together. With love and prayers, Mary Lee Simmons Boutwell

Robin Dunaway

January 7, 2012

Sandra was a beautiful person inside and out. She was the most wonderful, loving Grandmother. I feel blessed and honored to have known her. She was talented, fun and full of life. She will always remind me of renewal, flowers, Spring and everything beautiful.

I pray God will give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Robin Reese Dunaway