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Saturday, December 3, 2022
2:30 - 3:30pm (Eastern time)
Saturday, December 3, 2022
3:30 - 4:30pm (Eastern time)
Sandra Kaye Newman, 60, of Ayden, died Saturday, November 26, 2022.
Funeral, Saturday, 2:30 PM, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1423 Forest Hills Rd NW, Wilson, followed by visitation.
Sandra was the youngest child of Earl and Annice Newman, born in Wilson, NC on July 9, 1962.
The one that completed "the Seven", Sandra was very close with her siblings. Wanda, James Earl, Gene, Judy, Glenda and Billy showed her by their example the value of family and supporting one another. The love of giving, both by helping others in the congregation and in Theocratic construction, was impressed upon her as well.
Sandra loved working with the RBC (Regional Building Committee). She worked in many different places and made friends with fellow volunteers from all over. She had the privilege of going with her parents to Curacao to assist in Theocratic construction and was very involved with the Salisbury Assembly Hall build. She was proudly a "mud mixer," and when she had her son, Brian, she would tote him along to each project she could.
Sandra enjoyed immersing Brian and herself in Theocratic activities. Trips to Bethel were a regular occurrence. Brooklyn, Wallkill, and Patterson bus trips were taken whenever available to them. On these excursions, they would stop and see sights (such as visiting Niagara Falls or walking around NYC) and get to know brothers and sisters from different parts of the world, helping Brian appreciate how united Jehovah's people are. One of Brian's fond memories of his mother was also her sense of adventure. Sandra enjoyed driving to different states to visit these friends. On these trips, she would stop with Brian at different amusement parks and, in doing so, passed on her love of roller coasters and rides.
Sandra was able to give of her time and provide for her family because of her dedicated time at Wilson County Health Department. She loved her coworkers and appreciated how much they worked with her when her illness started taking more of a toll on her health. She enthusiastically shared her faith with them, telling her coworkers and others that this illness was temporary. Her hope was based on the Bible's promise at Isaiah 33:24, which assured her that she will enjoy her life in a future where she will never say, "I am sick."
This love and enthusiasm for sharing the Bible's promise remained a large part of her life even when she started residing at the nursing home in 2015. The CoVid-19 pandemic gave her the advantage in this activity. Although she was in isolation, she was very diligent in her phone witnessing, even speaking to telemarketers whom she picked up for. She also took advantage of the Zoom meetings, which gave her the opportunity to attend different congregations weekly. She met friends from all different areas, spoke fondly of them to her family, and included many of them in her prayers.
Sandra's nieces and nephews spoke of her zeal for the ministry, admired her for her sincere generosity, and were impressed that, despite her health, she maintained consistent concern for others and a determination to stay faithful to Jehovah.
She is survived by her son, Brian Newman (Rachelle) and her grandson, Dominic Newman; She is also survived by her siblings, Wanda Pope (Hershel), James Earl Newman (Sharon), Gene Newman (Mickey), Judy Joyner (Ron), Glenda Long (Steve), and Billy Newman (Magalie), as well as multiple nieces and nephews.
Dominic looks forward to seeing his Grandma in perfect health, being able to play with her and baby lions.
Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Dr. N, Wilson, 237-7171; www.wilsonmemorialservice.com