Sandra Kay Edwards, our angel on earth, gained her heavenly wings far too soon, on January 1, 2023 at the age of 65. There was no denying that she was born in North Carolina, as evident by that sweet southern drawl. Mom came to Virginia in her early teens and was happy to call the Peninsula and later the Southside her home. She had a larger-than-life heart and devoted herself to caring for geriatric patients as a nurse. Perhaps her greatest treasures on earth are her two children who she leaves to cherish her memory. Her baby, son, Maxie, who she affectionately called Skyrocket would tell you that he was her favorite. But there is no doubt that her daughter, Jennifer, affectionately called The Bull, was the true apple of her eye. I bet Mom is laughing out loud in heaven now and thinking that after 47 years the two of us would just let that go and know that she loved us both more than life. I mean after all, who makes multiple types of potato salad or deviled eggs during the holidays for their spoiled kids- that would be mom, hold the relish in mine mom and Max will just take a hard boiled egg cut in half. Yes, that was our mom!
One night Mom went out line dancing at her favorite honky tonk, Lido Inn, and it was there she met the love of her life, Randy. She and Randy have spent the last 24 years making memories that will last a lifetime. We know that Mom is dancing in the sky and there was a mighty celebration when she two-stepped into heaven to start the New Year. What a joyful reunion she had with her family and friends gone before. While our earthly hearts are broken, we find comfort in the fact that this isn’t good-bye, it’s just see you later.
Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Lillian Roberts and her brother Emmitt Stephenson. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Randall Edwards; her children, Jennifer Cunnison and her husband, James, Maxie Bolton and his wife, Larissa, two brothers, Donnie and Michael Stephenson; six grandchildren, Robert Cunnison, Ciera Bolton and her husband, Donald Athey, Ian Cunnison, Adriana West and her husband, Zach, Joshua Cunnison, and Reagan Cunnison; five great grandchildren, Adalei Athey, Lilah Athey, Zylus West, Zaylun West and Millie Athey; two special cousins (she affectionately called cuz cuz) Angie Seibert and Melissa Ferguson, a special niece and great niece Dawn and Mackenzie Byers, many additional cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that were her chosen family. The family would like to also thank her sister-in-law, Claudia Braund, for the loving care she provided to their mother in her final days. We will receive friends Thursday, January 5th at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel Virginia Beach from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10am Friday January 6th at Mission Church 210 S. Witchduck Rd, Virginia Beach officiated by Pastor Josh Crozier. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Park Memorial Gardens, with a reception after back at Altmeyer Funeral Home.