Helen Marie Sandy

Helen Marie Sandy, 85, of Columbus, Kans. died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 in Columbus, Kans.

Helen was born Jan. 2, 1929 in Jefferson City, to Albert Otto and Josephine (Vanloo) Schneiders. She first married Warden “Junior” Allwood of Tina, Feb. 2, 1948; he preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1957; she later married Samuel Stanley Sandy of the Rockingham community, Dec. 5, 1965; he preceded her in death Sept. 14, 2002.

At age 17, Helen worked for the International Shoe Company in Carrollton. In 1955, she went to work for the Banner Cookie Company in Carrolton. In 1963, she worked for Fellers Retail Drug Store. In 1966, she worked for McCleary Clinic in Excelsior Springs. In 1970, she was owner and operator of the Dog-N-Suds in Excelsior Springs. In 1978, she managed the restaurant at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course. In 1980, she was owner and operator of Pirate’s Cove, at the Lake of the Ozark’s. In 1986, she worked as an assistant chef in the restaurant at the Elm’s Hotel in Excelsior Springs. In 1987, she worked in food service as a supervisor at the Job Corps in Excelsior Springs. In 1989, she assisted in the dietary programs at Merriam Labs in Kansas City. She was co-owner of Sam Sandy’s delivery for Ford Motor Company. Helen cooked at William Jewell College for a fraternity house from 1994 till 1998. She worked part-time in home health care for B.A.R. throughout Missouri City, Liberty and Kanas City until she retired in 2001. She had lived in Norborne, Carrollton, Excelsior Springs, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri City and Columbus in 2008.

Survivors include one son, Merle W. Allwood and his wife, Judy of Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Shelly Sandy Hecker and her husband, Steve of Higginsville, and Barbara A. Wright-Beggs and her husband, Wayne of Columbus, Kans.; one brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Shirley Schneiders of Bogard; one sister, Elizabeth Schnieders of Bosworth; three grandchildren, Dustin Sandy, Kevin Wright and his wife, Mandi and Kimberly Wright.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Helen was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Schneiders; and one sister, Grace Schneiders Bachtel.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Norborne First Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Sept. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 5, from 1 to 1:30 p.m., at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Inurnment will be in the Wakenda Cemetery north of Hardin.

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