Sonya’s Story

Personality     Purpose     Presence

Sonya embodies all these qualities and more.  She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  Wherever she went, people were drawn to her for her wit, her joy in the moment, and her compassion for people in pain.  The oldest grandchild in her mother’s family, she was adored by her grandparents and in turn lavished attention and love on her younger cousins.  Sonya’s marriage to Dick, her childhood sweetheart, was an example of enduring love.  She delighted in her girls, Debra and Leane, and adored her grandson, Christopher.  Whether at work, in her church or community, she became lifelong friends with colleagues and neighbors.  Whatever task Sonya undertook, she did with style, precision, and passion – from the hand smocked dresses she crafted for her baby girls, to the foods cooked and presented with flair, to her home decorated with an unerring eye for detail.

The true depth of her character was revealed in the way she faced her brief illness with pancreatic cancer.  She was calm, resolute, brave, and typically self-effacing.  Always putting others first, she asked that her funeral be delayed until after her beloved grandson’s high school graduation so that he could enjoy this important day.




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