Sandra Ann (Barnard) Sanford, 77, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 30, at her home in Springfield, with her loving daughter, Paula B. Bushey and best friend and caregiver, Guistina Aprileo at her side. As a comfort, Sandra, was able to listen to her favorite song by Frank Sinatra, “I love you baby” earlier in the afternoon hours prior to her passing. Sandra was born on July 28, 1942 in Springfield, MA, daughter of Douglas F. and Mildred A. (Martin) Barnard, she was a lifelong resident of Springfield. In 1988, she received her certificate from MCDI as a Certified Nurses Assistant and held a long and rewarding career at the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow, MA, before retiring in 2006. Sandra was a very sweet and loving lady who always put her family first. She was an excellent cook who always made every meal memorable. For her personal enjoyment, she relished her trips to play the slot machines at Mohegan Sun. Sandra leaves behind her loving daughters, Ann M. Bushey of Chicopee and Paula B. Bushey of Springfield; two adored grandchildren, Kamillah and Isiah Bushey both of Springfield; and three great grandchildren, Deliah, Mariana, and Alex, along with several nieces and nephews, including her nephew, Shawn Barnard and his wife, Ruth of California, and best Friend, Guistina of Springfield. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her three brothers, Norman F., Gary M., and Douglas F. Barnard, Jr. A special thank you to Commonwealth Community Care & Baystate Hospice Nurses of Springfield, MA for the compassionate care that was provided to my mom. Family and friends are invited to gather on Thursday, Oct. 10, for a period of visitation from 4-7 PM at Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Avenue. Sandra’s funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 AM at the funeral home, followed by committal prayers and burial at Oak grove Cemetery in Springfield. Flowers can be sent to the funeral home and donations may be made in Sandra’s name to her daughter, Paula B. Bushey, 42 Kenwood Park, Apt. 2, Springfield, MA 01108. www.hafeyfuneralservice.com
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