Sandra "Sandie" Cadwallader Parsons Tuesday, July 30, 1935 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sandra (Sandie) Cadwallader Parsons, of Santa Maria, CA passed away after a difficult illness on May 16, 2017. Sandie was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 30, 1935. She grew up in Pasadena, CA and later attended the University of California at Berkeley and University of California School of Nursing Medical Center, San Francisco, where she was president of her student body in her senior year. It was during nursing school that Sandie met, and in 1959 married, Burton R. Parsons of Solvang, CA.
After marrying, Sandie and Burt settled in Lompoc where Sandie worked as a Public Health Nurse for the County of Santa Barbara and Burt worked for a local pharmacy. Sandie and Burt moved to Santa Maria in 1963 to start a family pharmacy business, Parsons Bros. Rexall Drugs. Burt worked hard with his brother Mark to establish their business. Because of Dad's hard work Mom was able to focus on raising their six children, Pam, Chris Ann, Lisa, Kay, Wes and Dana. Throughout her life, Sandie would say being a mother to her children was her greatest accomplishment. Sandie was an amazing mother to not only her own children but to all their friends who visited. She instilled in her children a love of learning, a desire to help others, the thrill of travel and the absolute joy of family. Sandie chose to volunteer in numerous ways over the years, but one of her proudest accomplishments was as a leader in La Leche League in Santa Barbara and San Luis Counties. She advocated breast feeding and providing direct support to mothers of young children. She was also a constant supporter in all of her children’s activities including scouting, 4-H, cheerleading, drill team, gymnastics, basketball, baseball, volleyball and football, music recitals and horseshows. She had a love for sewing and was a self-taught master seamstress. She sewed countless children’s clothes, cheer leading and drill team uniforms, prom and wedding dresses, equestrian outfits, curtains, furniture covers and quilts.
After her youngest child graduated high school, Sandie returned to nursing in 1989. She worked for the Santa Barbara Public Health Department, focusing on geriatric care. She also volunteered for many years at the Santa Maria Humane Society and most recently, she volunteered with Dignity Health Hospice Care assisting to get medication orders filled for hospice patients.
Sandie is preceded in death by her husband, both her parents and her sister Mary Egan. She is survived by her children: Pam (Mike) Brannon and 3 grandchildren, Elise (Michael) Quick, Rachel (Scott) Domingues, and Spencer Brannon; Chris Ann (Richard) Horsley and 4 grandchildren, Camden (Patty) Iliff, Cole (Jose) Iliff, Sean Horsley, Madi Horsley; Lisa Parsons (Hugh) and 2 grandchildren, Shaan Chadha and Reva Chadha; Kay Marie (Juliann) Parsons, Wes (Kurt) Parsons and 2 grandchildren, Davin Teutsch-Parsons and Clarissa (CJ) Teutsch-Parsons; and Dana Parsons (Brandon). In addition she has celebrated the birth of 4 great grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of Sandie’s life will be held Friday, June 9, 2017 at 4pm, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, in Santa Maria. A reception will immediately follow at the Church.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions to organizations and efforts addressing breast cancer, Alzheimer's, animal welfare, or hearing loss.