Sandy Pender

Aug 8th, 1939 - Mar 13th, 2019


Anna City Cemetery

Sun, Mar. 17th, 2019 2:30pm

Sandy Pender

Thompsonville-Sandra “Sandy” Jane Walker Pender, 79, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

Sandy was born on August 8, 1939 in Anna. She was the fifth of six children to be blessed to the union of Willard Carroll and Ellen Elizabeth Hardin Walker.  Sandy graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and attended SEMO. Throughout her life she talked of always having parents that really listened and were easy to talk to, their support was a must for Sandy.

She married her “soul mate” William Ferrell Pender on July 3, 1959 in Dongola and together they shared over 45 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on September 10, 2004.

Sandy retired from Marion Unit #2 School District working as a Library Media Aide for 30 years. She also would fill in as a noon supervisor and supervisor on the playground when needed.  She was a hobbyist of many arts and crafts, especially known for her creations of crocheting.  Sandy also enjoyed quilting, doing calligraphy, painting and flower arranging.  After her retirement, genealogy became of interest and helping others in that category.  Sandy loved cooking and creating her own dishes, especially cakes.  She enjoyed baseball and micro sprint racing with her sons and watching the St. Louis Cardinals, college basketball, football and NASCAR on tv.

Survivors include:


Danny Wayne (Debbie) Pender of Johnston City

William “Billy” Gene (Angie) Pender of Centralia

Kevin Ray (Robyn) Pender of Tuscaloosa, AL

Richard “Rick” Dean (Jerri Lynne) Pender of Thompsonville

Ten grandchildren

Numerous great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews

Brother-Willard “Bill” (Nora) Walker of Cobden

Sister-Janet “Kay” (Jack) Dabler of North Webster, IN

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Lindell “Corky” Walker and sisters, Betty Joyce Walker and Ruth Joan Mull.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2:30pm at Anna City Cemetery with Rev. Gary Clark officiating. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Williamson County Historical Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

8 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Kay and Jack Daber

    From: North Webster, Indiana

    Date: March 13, 2019

    Sandy, my loving and caring sister, was a wonderful, generous and giving person. She always thought of others and their needs. She loved her family very much and was so proud of all of them. She would talk to me for hours about the things each one was involved in and all of their achievements. Living so far away, I cherish all of those long personal chats. To her family, I want you to know how much she loved you. You came first in her life. She will now be with her beloved Ferrell and you can be sure that together they will continue to watch over each of you and love you even more. God bless, stay strong, and keep the faith. Love you all. Aunt Kay and Uncle Jack

  • Guest: Josie Herring

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: March 13, 2019

    Sorry to hear about Grandma “P” she will be missed bye many!!!!! Love to Misty and Timmy..may God hold your hearts in his hands.. We love you very much!!!!!! Uncle Doug Aunt Josie and Noah!

  • Guest: Sherry Pender

    From: Thompsonville , Illinois

    Date: March 13, 2019

    Mom I can’t believe that your gone this is just unbelievable but I know your right where you always wanted to be after Dad left and that’s with him walking the streets of gold! It’s just not the same anymore I am and will always be your daughter Sherry Jean no matter what!! I love ❤️ you and dearly miss you in my life may you Rest In Peace! I will see you again when it’s my turn til then hugs 🤗 and kisses 😘

  • Guest: Tim Pender

    From: Johnston city, Illinois

    Date: March 14, 2019

    She was my rock and my shoulder I have so many memories and I’m lost right now but I know she is looking down and smiling and she is with grandpa

  • Guest: Michele Hickey

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: March 14, 2019

    Many great memories of Sandy and Ferrell. They treated me as one of their own and I will always be thankful for the years of knowing them. Sandy ALWAYS managed to get a hug and have time for a chat no matter where she ran into you at. She had a heart of gold and will be missed by SO many people.

  • Guest: Misty Pender

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: March 14, 2019

    When I think of my grandma I remember all the things she taught me and all the things she did for me. As far back as I can remember when she would be in the kitchen cooking I would be in there with her one of my favorite things I learned how to cook from her was Angel food cake. If she would ask me what I want for desert it would definitely be angel food cake. She always had Timmy and I new movies to watch weather she had bought them or recorded them on her DVR and would always have our favorite snack ready which was her famous ranch dip (at least it was famous to us) and chips. I remember the stories she would tell us about her childhood she was so good at telling stories. If we wanted her to read us a story she would drop whatever she was doing and read to us, she always made the character come to life. She was a awesome grandmother and I learned a lot from her. She loved my grandpa very much and now she can go be with him and I know they are both happy and watching down on us all. I love you grandma.

  • Guest: Diane S Metzger

    From: Whittington, Illinois

    Date: March 17, 2019

    Sandy was my Mom’s (Margaret Corse) roommate at Parkway Manor. Mom and Sandy enjoyed watching sports and especially the Cardinals on TV. Sandy was welcoming to us, and she had such a good sense of humor. We would like to offer our condolences to Sandy’s family.

  • Guest: Mark Whitehead

    From: , Illinois

    Date: March 21, 2019

    Dear Pender Family, I didn’t know Sandy had passed until just now. My first memories of her was her time working at McKinley and Lincoln schools with my father Wayne. He always spoke so highly of her and they very much enjoyed working together. I’ll always remember her as a patient of mine and she was always a joy and spoke so fondly of her sons and their families. I know she’ll be dearly missed. Mark Whitehead