Sandra
Sandra Mae Decker-Manship passed away peacefully on October 28, 2010 to join her Heavenly Father, after many years of courageously fighting cancer. Sandra spent the past few years successfully facing her battle with cancer at the home of her father, Keith M. Decker, of Torrance, California, who provided Sandra a home during this challenging time. Sandra passed away comfortably with the tender care of her caregivers, Kaiser Hospice Team, and family. Sandra was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on April 18, 1948, to Keith M. and Doriene Decker. At the age of 7, Sandra moved with her family to Torrance, California. Sandra excelled in tennis at West High School. Sandra began her work as an Executive Sales Representative for Nabisco and in 1979 purchased her home in Van Nuys, California. Sandra loved entertaining her family, nieces and nephews, and friends, especially at the holidays, reading jokes and surprising us, such as when she placed gifts of swimming fish in glass bowls for each of the children to observe at the dinner table. Sandra spent time making crafts and cooking with her god-daughter, Doriene Hargrove. Sandra's caring for others began years ago as she counseled and did Bible readings with troubled people at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. She performed on percussion instruments and strings in the Dorshire Minstrels musical group at several churches. In 1987, Sandra went on an overseas mission to Trinidad with the Grace Community Church College Department. Sandra moved to her home in Montrose in 1992, and attended Pasadena City College, graduating with her AS degree in Radiologic Technology in 1994. Sandra continued to maintain her license as a Radiologic Technologist (RT) throughout her life. Sandra relocated to Lake Forest, California, in 1999, where she purchased her final home, and continued working as a Radiologic Technologist and hosting Bible studies in her home. In 2001, Sandra was founder of her own business, "Apron Strings," and continued her work as an RT. In 2008, Sandra moved in with her father who supported her enduring challenges with cancer. Sandra attended support groups at the Wellness Community South Bay Cities, in Redondo Beach, during these challenging past two years. Sandra had many friends and people who cared for her over the years who will miss her. Sandra is survived by her father, Keith M. Decker, Brothers Vic Hewett and Keith A. Decker, Sisters Diane Garretty (Pat), and Stephanie Code (Ron), her god-daughter and niece, Doriene Hargrove, several nieces and nephews, and close relatives in Maine. Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Doriene Decker. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Sandra's memory to the Wellness Community at http://wellnessandcancer.org, or the Kaiser Hospice, Harbor City, California. Those who knew and cared for Sandra are invited to attend her service on Saturday November 6, 2010 at 4pm at Rice Mortuary Chapel, 5310 Torrance Boulevard, in Torrance, California. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. I am so thankful we had an opportunity to spend time with Sandra in 2008 when she was here in Maine. She was a very special person with many talents, a gentle heart and a passion for her Lord. Some day, we plan to be walking along with Sandra on those streets of gold that He has promised us! Our love to all of you in California. Hugs, kisses and prayers are being thrown to you from us here in Maine. Love you,Jenny and Dan.

  2. Sandra was not only a beautiful woman on the outside but a totally beautiful person inside too. She was a great sister-in-law to me as well.

  3. Uncle Keith and family.So Sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing,She is at peace now, and no more suffering, may your memories of Sandra stay close at heart, and rejoice in knowing there is a God. Bless you all Debbie & Scott

  4. Many loving memories of Sandra when she would visit. She had a delightfull time with her neices and nephews catching fire flies in the evening. A very loving & caring person. She will be sadly missed. Love, Aunt Kay

  5. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered “Come To Me,” Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Rest in peace Aunt Sandra

  6. Sandra was a good friend and neighbor to me. We shared many heartfelt thoughts, especially about our mothers. I will treasure all the memories. I send my deepest sympathy to her loved ones, and may their faith in God give them strength during this time.

  7. Keith and family, I am very grateful for the many happy memories we all share of your visits to Maine. Sandra and I shared so many childhood happy times and secrets..I will never forget her loving ways and beautiful smile. My love and prayers to you all during this sorrowful time.

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