Sandy Mision, 46, died in her sleep on the night of March 31 inside the bedroom of the home she lived in for the last 24 years.
A mother of three and the caregiver for her husband, Michael, her death was confirmed April 2.
Sandy put her life on hold to care for her husband, who has had ALS for the last four years. She did not see this path as a setback, and she poured her heart into seeing that her husband could have the best medical care the family could afford.
Through her actions, she inspired her children to treat each day as a gift and love those they were fortunate enough to have in their lives.
Sandy?s loss leaves a large void in the hearts of an equally large family. Among her immediate family, she leaves behind three children ? Sierra, 23; Melissa, 20; Michael, 17 ? and her husband, Michael, 50.
She was the youngest child of Donna Hershberger, 81. She precedes her siblings in death ? Helen Gerstung, Gordon McArthur, Steve McArthur and Patricia Harris.
Although a Florida resident for the last 30 years of her life, Sandy spoke often of her love for the mountains stretching across Utah, where she lived prior to moving to the Sunshine State with her family as an early teenager. Once here, she channeled her interests in the state?s wildlife and forestry.
Through her small steps and long pauses, Sandy instilled patience into anyone who came into contact with her. (That?s not to say she didn?t have an understanding of urgency, though ? she wouldn?t hesitate to take action on matters important to her.) If nothing else, she taught people to find topics they loved and pour their souls into those activities so patience and urgency could meet in the middle for a balance.
Words and anecdotes fail to express how much Sandy will be missed.
A gathering of family and friends is to take place Friday, April 11, 2014 from 2-4 pm at Michels and Lundquist funeral home. A memorial service is to follow at 4 pm.