COLUMBIA—Sandra Saulisbury Lewis, 82, died Tuesday, September 29, 2020. The family will hold a private graveside interment of ashes at Live Oak Memorial Gardens in Charleston, SC. A service celebrating Sandra’s life and her faith will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Columbia. To ensure safety during the pandemic, the number of guests will be limited. Those wishing to attend in person or view online should reach out to the family for details.
Sandra was born on December 25, 1937, in Columbia, SC, the only child of Hattie Mae VonderLeith and LeRoy William Saulisbury. She lived in Charleston for her first seventy years, graduating from Rivers High School in 1955 and attending Palmer Business College. She worked for a short time as a clerk in the business office at Friedman’s Jewelers and at Southern Printing company in the bindery.
On April 8, 1956, she married William Joseph Lewis in St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church on Wentworth St. Married for 64 years, Sandra and Bill resided in Sylvan Shores, West of the Ashley River in Charleston, until they moved to Columbia, SC, in 2003. They moved to the Heritage at Lowman community in White Rock, SC, in 2008.
Sandra joined St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church as a child and was a member of the children’s choir and Luther League. For more than fifty years, she sang soprano in the senior choir. For decades she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. Honored as a life member of the Women of the ELCA, she served as president of that organization and as a circle leader for many years. She chaired the Worship and Music Committee and served on the Altar Guild and on many other church committees.
Family was her life. She was a devoted daughter, daughter-in-law, wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved music, especially Christmas songs, Broadway musical tunes, and classical music. An excellent cook and baker, she enjoyed collecting recipes and baking special birthday cakes for loved ones. Sandra created a home filled with faith, love, laughter, and song.
In addition to her husband, Sandra is survived by her daughter Nancy Lewis Tuten and her husband, Thomas, of Columbia, SC; her daughter Judy Lewis Drysdale and her husband, David, of Hickory, NC; granddaughters Elizabeth Grace and Emily Claire Tuten; and grandson Joshua Lewis Copeland and his fiancée, Emily Potter.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201; to the Lutheran Homes of SC Foundation, 300 Ministry Dr., Irmo, SC 29063; or to a charity of one’s choice.
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