Obituary: Sanford, Eunice Mae
SANFORD, Eunice Mae (Age 85) November 2, 2013 Eunice Mae Sanford was taken into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Almighty God. Oh how Eunice loves Jesus and oh how He loves her. Eunice was born in Spokane, Washington January 23, 1928 to parents Ray and Lorena Cammack. She grew up along the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers graduating from North Central High School and later attending Eastern Washington College. While she was working at Caterpillar in 1950, she met and married Gerry Sanford. They have been in a long and loving marriage for 63 years. While living in their first home on Wellen Lane in the Whitworth area, daughters Beverly and Barbara were born. The family moved to Leona Dr. on the Little Spokane River and Eunice’s God-given gift of hospitality took on a new level as she hosted beloved friends, family and new acquaintances at their Sanford River Retreat. Her hospitality not only included sharing her famous cinnamon rolls, but the bounty out of her beautiful vegetable garden, home cooked meals shared by many around her dining room table, providing a gathering place for large groups of friends and family, and a warm place to stay the night. In addition, she served as cruise director for countless tubing excursions down the Little Spokane River and was always ready to lead an expedition for huckleberries. One of Eunice’s greatest joys was playing a game of cards with whoever was willing. This included weekly games of bridge with dear friends and several games of ‘Hand n Foot’ with friends and family. You wanted to be Eunice’s partner. During this time, Eunice worked many years in retail at the Crescent, Frederick & Nelson and later Fashion Bug. She was a dedicated, hardworking, loyal employee who took pride in her work. She was also given the gifts of encouragement, empathy and helpfulness. The needs of others and their circumstances were always in the forefront, but she knew she could not do anything without God’s help. He was the one who gave her strength to help, console and provide for countless others. Eunice loved the body of Christ and very precious to her was her long time sisters in Christ and her church family at Crossover. She, in turn, was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Eunice is survived by her husband Gerry, daughters Barbara Sanford and Beverly Chaney (Phil), along with loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents and sister Marion Boggio. Memorial service will be held in Spokane at a later date.