Sandra Heaton, 78, of Creston passed away, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, September 8, 2020. Private services will held at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center in Creston. Reverend Mary O’Riley will officiate. Memorials may be directed to Creston Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.), Hospice House, and The Alzheimer’s Association. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com
Sandi, daughter of Garland and Loretta (Anderson) Hutchings, was born on November 28, 1941 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Sandra graduated from Prescott Community School with the class of 1959. Sandra enjoyed many activities throughout her preliminary and high school years such as vocal music, concert and marching band, and 4-H, accompanied by many awards and scholarships. She graduated from ICCC In Ft. Dodge with an Associate Degree in Science and was licensed as a Registered Nurse. In 1998 Sandra graduated from RHEMA Bible College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Sandra was a caring, genuine, and loving person to many patients throughout Iowa, Colorado, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
Sandra was instrumental in establishing the initial Domestic Violence Organization for S.W. Iowa. Before retiring, she spent 7.5 years as Branch Coordinator for the Iowa Alzheimer’s Association for 13 counties in S.W. Iowa. She had a gentle and big heart for people and their needs. She would seek daily to fulfill the purpose God had for her life, to show God’s love to others, and to share the message of salvation.
In latter years, Sandra retired, living at Summit house in Creston. She was a member of NAMI, Crest Area for Life, Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Greif Share, Jerusalem Prayer Team, and Celebrate Recovery.
Sandra was blessed with a beautiful daughter, Tamara - Tami - and 5 wonderful grandchildren: Mindy, Jon, Alison, Leah, and Gabrielle. They were the “loves of her life” and she kept them close to her heart in many ways. On her 71st birthday she was blessed to have her first great grandson, Karter, and has been continually blessed to have 4 more grandsons enter her life: Gabel, Kru, Ace, and Knox.
Sandra’s love for Jesus, nature, animals, people of all cultures, and for children keeps the world going round. Pass it on!
“Death ends a life, not a relationship”- Mitch Albom
She was preceded in death by her parents, her ex-husband Sam L. Heaton, and her brother Terry Monroe Hutchings.
Sandra is survived by her daughter Tamara “Tami” Michelle Day (husband Tom) of Creston: and the following grandchildren: Mindy (Evan) Romanchuk, Jon (Erin) Gustafson, Alison Gustafson, Leah (Brandon) Day, and Gabbi (Stone) Day; Great Grandchildren: Karter James Allen, Gabel Thomas Gustafson, Kru Scott Gustafson, Ace Alexander Romanchuk, and Knox Jon Gustafson; Brother, Craig Carlyle (Linda) Hutchings of Creston; Sister-in-law, Mary Lou (Jerry) Heaton of Peoria, Arizona; Nephews: Chris (Kari) Hutchings and Anthony Hutchings.