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Sandra L. Saunders

June 30, 1970 — January 11, 2024

Sandra L. Saunders

Sandra L. Saunders was a beautiful loving Wife, Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Godmother, Aunt, Great - Aunt, Great- Great - Aunt, and Friend. She left us to the angels January 11th, 2024 after a courageous fight against cancer at the age of 53. Preceded in death by her Brother Juan Escatiola. Her living relatives are Mother Manuela Gloria Garza, Brothers Juan Villareal, Fidel Garza, Sisters Juanita Alaniz, Gloria Alvarez, her children, grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and god children. She will be forever missed by many she touched throughout her life. 

Sandra was born Sandra Lee Garza to Manuela Gloria Garza of Brownsville, Texas on June 30th, 1970. In the late 1970’s her family relocated to Bloomington, IL where she was raised with 5 other siblings. She graduated from Bloomington High School with the class of 1988, and was part of Bloomington High School Band. Sandra took on many trades throughout her life such as beautician school and real estate before landing 20+ years as an exceptional Subrogation Specialist. One thing about her was that she never limited herself, and she attempted everything she had a passion for. 

Sandra raised all 4 of her children with the greatest love they could ask for, 3 adult children Chris Garza (36), Sasha Garza (33), Ezandra Garza (29), and her youngest child Angel Garza (15), with whom she strived to live for. He gave her another reason to keep fighting. She happily married Kevin Saunders June 26th, 2019. They were truly head over heels for each other, and were the best of friends. They could talk about anything under the sun for hours, and cherished every moment together. 

Sandra was so full of life and very compassionate about spending time with her family, cooking and eating her favorite home meals. On a daily basis she would go see her mother, even if it was to just say, “Hey Mom.” She loved to travel to warm places, she’d say the sun made her feel alive. Sandra always was searching for new amusement parks for her children and grandchildren to escape to, never wanting a dull moment with them. She had a passion for shopping the latest fashion, tennis shoes were her go to, and she was big on her hair. Her sister was her person for her sharp hairstyles. She would often say to her sister “Sis this is sharp, you did a good job!” Sandra also would enjoy being a natural food critic, going to new restaurants and complementing cooks first. She was the best for dining suggestions. Sandra loved music with a passion, she connected with so many songs. She liked all genres of music, and she couldn't choose just one favorite song. Sandra had a heart for giving back and paying forward, at times she would feed the homeless on cold winter nights, or donate to a cause because she knew what it meant. She always looked out for her friends, making sure whatever it was that she had, they had it too. Sandra had a glow when she walked into a room, and a smile that lit up the heart. Her laughter was contagious and will be truly missed. She brought life to many who crossed her path, she was a beautiful force. Sandra was a faith driven woman who was passionate about living life to the fullest. She enjoyed life for what it was, and was grateful for waking up knowing god gave her another day. Sandra always reminded others of how beautiful life was and could be. She never judged and taught her kids that life takes you places you never thought you’d land, so before speaking upon others, consider yourself in their shoes. Sandra loved her family dearly and cherished making memories. Being a Wife, Daughter, Mother, and Grandmother to Kamorra Garza (15), Lawrence Williams (11), Lorrell Williams (7), and Ezylah “Mar’lee” Mack (Newborn) was everything to her. Her fight was for them and to see her family grow. She had made a promise to her youngest daughter that she would be here to meet her granddaughter, and she fulfilled that promise on her way to the promised land. Baby Mar’lee is what she called her born January 4th, 2024. She was filled with exuberance and joy when she walked in her room and into her arms, only one's heart could melt with rejoice. From above she will be guiding them with the lord, bringing healing, love, and peace to her family. Sandra has driven into the sunset, where now she can breathe eternal life at peace. Let us embrace the sun as a symbol of being grateful for the life that we are given, and in memory of Sandra L. Saunders.

Her visitation and funeral service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2024 at First Assembly of God in Normal. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will take place in Park Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Bloomington. 

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