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Sandra Sue Haynes, known as Sandy to her friends and Mimi to her grandchildren, passed away on Sept. 20, 2017, at the age of 75. Sandy was born on March 20, 1942, in Dallas to Ada Ruth and Johnnie Lee Nicks. Sandy was raised with her sister Sharon Elizabeth in Bridge City, TX. She graduated from Bridge City High School and went on to college at Lamar University. She received a degree in home economics education from Lamar.
At Lamar University, in a British literature class, Sandy met and fell in love with her future husband, William Paul Haynes. Sandy and Bill were married on July 18, 1964. Sandy and Bill moved to Houston to start their careers. Sandy worked at Northwest Academy before moving on to Jeff Davis High School in HISD.
In 1968, Sandy and Bill were blessed with their first child, Edward Paul Haynes. Their second child came just 18 month later, Elizabeth Anne Haynes. The couple and their children were members of Our Savior Lutheran Church. While the children were young Sandy earned a master's degree from Texas Southern University in early childhood development and education.
In the mid-1970s the family had the opportunity to transfer to London. As the couple had met in British literature, they felt it was meant to be and happily packed all their belongings to move. Sandy had a deep appreciation for cultures, food and an appreciation for history and social etiquette. While in England, Sandy enjoyed traveling with her family and friends. Together they explored multiple cultures and history in the places it was actually made. Sandy was socially engaged and was elected president of an organization called the American Wives of Surrey, a 500 member strong group of women who were active in local charities, education and social programs. She, Bill, Eddie and Beth found life-long friends in England.
In 1981, Sandy and Bill moved the family from England to Ramsey, NJ. While living in New Jersey, Sandy joined the sorority Beta Sigma Phi, earned a real estate license and taught cooking classes at Eric S. Smith Middle School. She also got her dream job when she became the Bergen County home economics extension agent through Rutgers University. Sandy also loved shopping and making many trips to Reading, PA with her friends.
Bill's job once again moved the family, this time back to Houston, TX, in 1986/1987. In Houston, Sandy took a job teaching at Cy-Falls High School in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. There she designed and opened her second child development laboratory called Eagle's Nest, which is still thriving. She was instrumental in the success of many of her students at Cy-Falls. She taught there until her retirement in 2000.
During this time Beth met and married Donald Larry Houghton of Houston, TX. Bill and Sandy were extremely proud to have Larry as a son-in-law. Beth and Larry took in teens who for one reason or another needed a family to love them. Two of the teens were Sandy's students. Sandy was extremely pleased to add all these children to her family and loved them as her own.
Retirement for Bill and Sandy meant another move, this time to Crossville, TN. Sandy and Bill had time for travel all around the world with lots of cruises. Sandy's favorite cruise was a riverboat cruise down the Danube. They were active members of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Crossville. Sandy also started a sorority chapter in Crossville and dedicated a great deal of her time and energy to charitable causes such as the Wounded Warriors.
The year 2000 also brought another change to Sandy and Bill as their first grandchild was born, so too were Mimi and Grumpy. Edward Scott Houghton was born in March. Their second grandchild, Zachary Paul Houghton, came in December of the following year. Mimi was so excited to have grandchildren. She and Grumpy hosted many trips with their grandbabies and watched them grow up to be fine young men.
In 2015, Sandy was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She fought the disease with multiple surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy to control it. In February 2016, Sandy's life took another turn as the love of her life was taken from her. Bill had a stroke during a surgery and died shortly thereafter. Sandy was still battling cancer so she moved again back to Texas to be near her daughter and her family.
Sandy moved to Cypress, TX, in March 2016 and Beth, Larry and the boys moved to Cypress in April 2016. She loved being near the family and seeing the boys almost everyday. She loved her home in Cypress but never felt completely at home without her Bill.
Unfortunately, the cancer in Sandy could not be suppressed and the treatments took a heavy toll on her, eventually taking her life. She passed away in her home in Cypress.
Sandy is survived by her son, Edward of Vermont; daughter, Elizabeth and her husband Donald Larry and their two children E. Scott and Zachary of Cypress, TX; aunt and dear friend, Suzie Smith and her extensive loving family of Kemp, TX; nephew, Warren Ray Wilson and his family; niece, Deedra Wilson; Bill's brothers and their families, Donald and Diane Haynes and John and Laurie Haynes; dear friend and cousin, Carol Kieschnick; best friends, Dale Jones, Sharon Wagner and Mary Hudson and their families; and extended family Renay Haynes, Heather Everett and Layla Elrawy.
Sandy will be remembered for her love of life, humor, ability to tell a story, passion for making gifts and decorations and positive attitude. She was proudest of and would mostly want to be remembered as a loving wife and mother. She will be remembered as half of the loving couple Bill and Sandy, who loved their family, who loved to have parties with their friends, to dance together, and who were there for their friends and family in times of need.
The memorial service for Sandra will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 15235 Spring Cypress Rd., Cypress, TX 77429. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to St. John Lutheran Early Childhood Center to commemorate Sandra's love of education and children.
Published on October 17, 2017
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