Sonya embodies all these qualities and more. She was a
devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Wherever she went, people were drawn to her for her wit, her joy
in the moment, and her compassion for people in pain. The
oldest grandchild in her mother’s family, she was adored by her
grandparents and in turn lavished attention and love on her
younger cousins. Sonya’s marriage to Dick, her childhood
sweetheart, was an example of enduring love. She delighted
in her girls, Debra and Leane, and adored her grandson,
Christopher. Whether at work, in her church or community,
she became lifelong friends with colleagues and neighbors.
Whatever task Sonya undertook, she did with style, precision,
and passion – from the hand smocked dresses she crafted for her
baby girls, to the foods cooked and presented with flair, to her
home decorated with an unerring eye for detail.
The true depth of her character was revealed in the way she
faced her brief illness with pancreatic cancer. She was
calm, resolute, brave, and typically self-effacing. Always
putting others first, she asked that her funeral be delayed
until after her beloved grandson’s high school graduation so
that he could enjoy this important day.
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