Sandra Kay Harlow of Kearney, Mo., left her earthly home for her forever resting place on July 17, 2022.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Keith Harlow; her parents, Clayton and Geneva Grimes; and her two brothers, Edward “Eddie” Grimes and Oren Grimes.
She is survived by her two daughters, Christina Harlow and Beth Harlow (Joel); her two sisters, Mary Leer (DeWayne) and Rose Runyun (Randy); six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews that she adored and many wonderful friendships with dear friends and family that spanned decades.
Sandra was born on August 7, 1950 in Chillicothe, Mo., and was the oldest of five. They all grew up in Gallatin, Mo., in a home filled with laughter, love, some misfit pets and a lot of fun. She met the love of her life, Ronald “Ronnie” and she were married September 3, 1966 and welcomed their first daughter, Christina Lee shortly after. After living a few years in St. Joseph, Mo., they moved to Kansas City where they would have another daughter, Beth Allison. They resided there until moving to Kearney, Mo., in 1987 where they would retire and share just short of 54 years together before Ronnie’s passing in 2020.
After graduating from high school in 1968, Sandra attended junior college in Trenton, Mo., for 2 years before starting her career in the construction industry with Garney in North Kansas City in the early 70’s and working for more than 35 years before retiring with Havens in Liberty in October 2012.
Sandra had many hobbies and interests that included cross stitching and bowling, even playing in a league for many years. She also had developed a love for the gardens her and Ronnie had put in and enjoyed spending time looking at her flowers and awaiting a visit from a cardinal, as there would surely be one. She loved nothing more though than being with her family, and she so much loved being a Nana.
Sandra had a love for music (extra special for her man Sting) and she and Ronnie instilled that into both of their daughters by taking them to concerts every chance they could when they were young and always turning it up just a little louder. She and Christi even once drove through a hurricane to see Simon and Garfunkel.
Her love of animals was evident by her attachments to all the family pets, from Boston Terriers to pot bellied-pigs, she always had one by her side.
She was loved by so many and will be missed dearly every single day.
If you would like to pay your respects to Sandra one final time, services will be held Friday, July 29, 2022 at Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home in Kearney, Mo. Visitation at 5 p.m., with memorial service to follow at 6 p.m.
If you would like to make a donation in Sandra’s memory, you can do so at the Kansas City Pig Rescue, https://www.kcpigrescuenetwork.org/.
Our Sincere Condolences
You will be missed.
Rest In Peace sweet Sandra. You will be missed by so many. Hugs to your family & friends for comfort in this sad sad time.
Deb Fuller Dickey
So very sorry for your loss. Keeping all of her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Ina Wright
I met Sandra when she hired me to babysit Beth when she was a baby. Come summer and I also had Christie. When you take care of their children, you naturallly form a bond with the family. Saundra was very easy to like. Have kept in touch over the years and still consider them alot like family. My love and prayers go with Sandra to her heavenly home and to the girls.
I had just met Sandra and looked forward to developing a friendship with her. For the little time that I got to know her, it was unmistakable what a wonderful person she was. She expressed her love for her family, music, her husband that she missed dearly and all the wonderful things that she had done in her life. Of course, her love of animals and her beloved pig Pearl. She will be missed by many. Condolences go out to the whole family.
My sweet friend. You will be missed. My heart is broken for your family that you loved so much.