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Duckett Funeral Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons

656 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA

OBITUARY

Sandra Nancy Pope-Budge

April 3, 1958March 9, 2020

POPE-BUDGE, Sandra Nancy Age 61, of Natick, Massachusetts, passed away in the afternoon of Monday, March 9, 2020 after a short, but fierce, battle with lung cancer.

Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Sandra was the daughter of the late Douglas W. Pope and Nancy A. Woodward Pope. After living in Natick for more than thirty-five years, she is survived by her only daughter, Cassandra Budge, her sister Deborah Pope-Lance, her niece, Honor Herron, and her grandnephew, Hamish Herron, all of Natick. Her “son-in-law” Benjamin, nephew Trevor, aunt Janice, and many cousins survive her as well. Her soulmate and partner, Jack, predeceased her in 2003, as did her sister, Barbara A. Foster in 2019.

Sandra’s parents and two older sisters moved to Medfield, Massachusetts when Sandra was still at a young age. Massachusetts was where she made many happy memories, including spending her summers in Dennis on Cape Cod, but she loved traveling around New England and to Naples, Florida. She had a knack for having fun and a genuine love of life. Growing up, she fell in love with sports, at a time when sports programs did not widely exist for young girls. Regardless, as Sandra told it, she still outran all the boys. She loved the adventure and the challenge of any game, but she especially enjoyed playing field hockey, basketball, tennis, badminton, and croquet, and even card games such as bridge, cribbage, and rummy.

In addition to her love of sports, Sandra had an artist’s passion and eye. At a young age she fell in love with photography. She attended Walnut Hill in Natick on a field hockey scholarship, but also enjoyed art history, pottery and developing her photography skills. While completing a photography major at Endicott College, Sandra began selling photography equipment at Lechmeres and realized she had a knack for sales.

For many years, Sandra sold Tupperware and her natural saleswomanship and love of talking to people meant she quickly became one of the top national sales representatives. Afterward she moved into the newspaper advertising business where she not only sold advertising space but designed hundreds of printed advertising campaigns throughout the Greater Boston area. She worked for The Needham Times, The Tab, The Middlesex (now called The Metrowest Daily), and The Boston Phoenix. With each new challenge, Sandra greatly exceeded expectations, earning her both industry and community recognition.

As a lover of antiques and history, one of Sandra’s favorite yearly rituals was attending the Brimfield Antique Fair with her daughter. She loved educating herself on the history of early America and its antiques and could spot a reproduction in a second. She enjoyed hunting and haggling for examples of history and fine craft, but more than anything loved being outside on clear, beautiful “Brimfield days”.

Sandra was a great lover of the outdoors. She loved clamming as a child with her father, spending time fishing or hunting for shells on the beach, or planting and digging in the garden. When her daughter was young, Sandra grew tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables in the garden so the family could enjoy them together. In later years, she grew many multi-colored daylilies and vibrant flowers, planning and creating a gorgeous yard full of blooms. As an avid bird watcher and lover of animals, Sandra strived to attract hummingbirds and would get excited each time she saw one. She tucked bird houses in every tree, in hopes of watching small birds make their nests, guard their eggs and feed their babies each year. Sandra spent many hours enjoying the beauty of the Audubon sanctuaries and loved combining her passion for photography with her love of nature and birds. Sandra proudly belonged to both the ASPCA and the Massachusetts Audubon Society and her family asks that any memorial gifts in Sandra’s name be made to either of these organizations.

A Service will be held Saturday, March 14 at 11:00 am at the Chapel at Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham, MA. Interment will follow in Edgell Grove Cemetery.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Interment Saturday, March 14, 2020

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Sandra Nancy Pope-Budge

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Nancy Fendrich

March 19, 2020

I have wonderful memories of Sandra from our summers together on the Cape. Always a big smile, always laughter.
She was part of Grandmother Barbara’s youngest group of grandchildren which included Tom, Bunny and Jeff. I recall a lot of laughter and rambunctious Behavior when these young cousins played together on the lawn of the 1680 House.
Lastly, I remember fondly Sandra’s playful spirit and laughter when our family gathered to play games and celebrate Grandmother Barbara’s 100th birthday.
Rest In Peace,
Nancy Stewart

John Woodward

March 19, 2020

Sandra's sense of humor is what l'll remember the most . One of my first memories of Sandra's sense of humor was the big eraser. She showed it to me up in her bedroom at the Cape. She was 7 and I was about 5 years old. We got the biggest kick out of the eraser because it said on it "I've never met a mistake I could not handle." She thought that was so funny and her laughter got me to laughing also .
When we were teenagers, we went to the movie Jaws at the drive-in theater. Every time something startling happened in the movie I jumped and she couldn't stop laughing at my reactions. . We had so much fun that night.
She was always kind to me even when that was a challenging thing to do. What I remember most of all was her smile, her laughter , and her wit.
You will be missed, Sandra

Ashley Woodward

March 19, 2020

Sandy will always hold a special place in my heart. Some of my earliest memories are of Sandy crushing mini golf and leading the way into the icy Yankee ocean waters on grandmothers beach. She was the life of the party and always had a smile on my face. Of all the adults, I always felt the most comfortable going to Sandy for any questions, ideas or issues I had. I will remember her forever as the fun cousin♡ Rest In Peace

Tom WOODWARD

March 19, 2020

I am sorry for the late response (I attempted to send this several days ago and will risk repeating myself).

I remember Sandra from a previous life that was long ago and far away. The cape was a magical place for all of us. Sandra was always the effervescent child full of life and that is how I will remember her. I am certain many would be comforted to know that the best of her lives on.
Saddest regards,
Tom

Elisa Woodward

March 18, 2020

I remember summers on the cape with Sandra when I was a little girl. She had the greatest laugh and always made me feel so special. I will miss her warmth and great sense of humor

Sam Woodward

March 17, 2020

I recall the Sid/Barbara Woodward family gatherings on the Cape. From the “Jersey” branch of the family, Sandra was always a bright light in the herd of us kids, running around the house and Grandmothers beach.

When we grew up and started families, she had one of the beautiful next generation daughters and always had an exciting career going in Boston.

She will be missed.

Sam

Susan McLaughlin

March 15, 2020

We shall all miss our cousin Sandy. She was a lot of fun growing up. We had so many great summers in Dennis, Mass. We all swam together at Corporation Beach . Our mothers were twin sisters and we spent all of the July Fourth celebrations together. We loved Sandy and her enthusiasm for life. How she loved to laugh and enjoy her friends. We had trips to Hyannis together and many great family barbecues. Sandy was always there to share the good times. Farewell to our cousin Sandy. We will miss you and your laughter. Rest in peace.

Brenda Drake

March 12, 2020

Sandy was always a vivacious and fun loving part of my memories of summer visits to Cape Cod. She loved the beach and was happy to play with all the family children in the ocean. I can remember her laughter in the evenings after dinner as we sat around telling stories and reminiscing about the days activities.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY