Sandra Gail Murfin, 77, of Vernon passed away peacefully with her loving family surrounding her, Monday, February 15, 2021 at her home in Vernon. She was born on July 7, 1943 the daughter of Marvin G. and Mary J. (McNicol) Chandler in Patoka. She married the love of her life and her best friend, Charles W. Murfin on June 11, 1961 in Patoka and he survives in Vernon.
Along with her devoted husband of 59 years, Charles Murfin, survivors include her beloved family, daughter, Lori Renee Murfin Easton of Patoka; son, Timothy Charles Murfin and wife Lisa of Patoka; grandchildren, Cassie Huffman and husband Jeff of Carlyle, Megan Duff, Ethan Easton and wife Catie of Patoka, and Chandler Murfin and wife Katelyn of Sandoval; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Samuel K. Chandler and wife Charlotte of Clarksville, TN.
Sandra was preceded in death by both her parents, Marvin and Mary Chandler.
Sandra was a lifelong resident of the Patoka/Vernon area and proud to call these small towns her home. She worked as a bus driver for many years, and was a social worker for the Centralia Resource Center, where she was a great support to the individuals she assisted, until her retirement. She was a member of the Marion County Home Extension. She was a member of Evergreen Christian Church in Salem and shared her strong faith with her family. She volunteered her time to teach others in Sunday school about Jesus’ love for all. She enjoyed singing praises and was a co-manager with her husband, Charlie of a local Christian singing group called “Jesus Outreach”. Sandra and Charlie loved to serve by opening their home to host bible study groups. She was a lady that felt the importance of giving back to her community and was a member of the Patoka School Board. Sandra was an amazing example of perseverance and was always able to find joy in any situation. Sandra was protective of, loving and always generous to her family. Together, they have made wonderful memories of family time spent at home and abroad, traveling near and far. Her travels to Scotland were cherished and the time her granddaughters, Cassie and Megan were able to go with her was one of her greatest adventures. Sandra was blessed by a life changing, mission trip to Tapadany, Pokot, Kenya, Africa for COPE, an organization whose purpose is to provide a Christian education to the children of the Pokot Tribe in Africa, and to show Jesus’ love for them. During this trip to Africa, in August of 2005, Sandra and her granddaughter Megan, were so grateful to have this great opportunity to go and be Jesus’ hands and feet together. Sandra shared her gift of sewing with the families they met, and Megan helped with games, and taught dance. Sandra’s devotion to family and community were admirable and this devotion continues with the generations who were grateful to learn from her. She was a lady of positivity and never said a negative word about anyone, as she always saw the good in everyone. Sandra’s life quote was “Don’t tell God how big your storm is, tell your storm how big your God is”, knowing how God never stops fighting for us. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka is privileged to be assisting the family of Sandra Murfin with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held privately with her family. Memorials may be made in Sandra’s honor to the Jones Cemetery, COPE, and/or the Parkinson’s Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories of Sandra may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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