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In Memory of

Sandra Michelle Box

January 19, 1954 - November 28, 2016

Obituary


Sandra Michelle (Yeager) Box was born on January 19, 1954 in Sarasota Springs, New York. As a child of a military father, she spent her early years living in various places from New York to Canada, finally settling in Kansas City, Missouri. During her adult life, she lived in various locations including Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta finally settling in Kansas City area.

Sandy enjoyed her work with a passion. She worked at AT&T for 35 years starting as a Communication Technician and working her way to becoming a Senior Systems Engineer. She was...

Sandra Michelle (Yeager) Box was born on January 19, 1954 in Sarasota Springs, New York. As a child of a military father, she spent her early years living in various places from New York to Canada, finally settling in Kansas City, Missouri. During her adult life, she lived in various locations including Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta finally settling in Kansas City area.

Sandy enjoyed her work with a passion. She worked at AT&T for 35 years starting as a Communication Technician and working her way to becoming a Senior Systems Engineer. She was loyal AT&T employee always putting the company first and making herself available whenever needed no matter what was going on in her personal life. She cared deeply about the business and the people she worked with.

Her friend and coworker, Mary Delcambre: "Sandra was an amazing friend who was generous, kind, concerned, a great listener, and passionate about doing a great job for her organization."

Her passion for computers and technology filled her personal life as much of her spare time was spent on computers and video games. There wasn't a game system she hadn't tried or owned.

Family was an important focus for Sandy. She was devoted to her parents dearly caring for them throughout their lives and especially during their final days. Her mom and her loved to go shopping hoping to find that ultimate bargain, played bingo and the lottery together, and enjoyed sharing a beer or two. She and her brother Rick were barely two years apart and kept a closeness through the years. Although Sandy was stubbornly independent, she would look to her brother Rick to guide her through home repairs and other engineering feats. Her nieces and nephews were also a source of pride and devotion. She was a role model always showing her work ethic and spirit that no challenge would ever be dismissed without trying. She was there for them sharing clothes, makeup and perfumes with her nieces to help them succeed. When necessary, she went to bat for them.

Shannon, her niece, remembers:
"Each time I visited Aunt Sandy our visits were about work and how to be successful as a woman. She spoke of gaining respect without letting emotions show and being able to communicate effectively. It was a simple recipe that has always worked for me. Work hard and avoid personal conflicts to maintain the integrity of the position. Aunt Sandy shared many life experiences to relate with every situation I needed to talk through. She could pinpoint the (real) issue immediately and provide a baseline to begin a resolution. Aunt Sandy would call out the distractors and tell me how to focus on the important pieces of the puzzle.
I benefited from her wisdoms not only in the professional world but with being a single mother, too. As a single mom, I remember Aunt Sandy saying, "We have no safety net out there -- we are the breadwinners." It wasn't like typical advise that seemed like someone was trying to fix me; it was advise that someone with much worldly experience is telling you-"You CAN do this!" I always felt like Aunt Sandy wanted to see me succeed."

Her niece Dawn remembers that, "Aunt Sandy was hardworking and didn't take things for granted. She enjoyed the little things in life. She loved to see people smile and laugh. She was beautiful inside and out. She was overall strong and determined in all things she did. The personal wisdoms she passed on to me are to not let the world harden me due to some bad experiences from a few. There is still hope in this world don't let that fade in you.

Denise, her sister said, "My sister was someone everyone could look up to. She was my ray of sunshine."

Another love was her dogs. She shared her life with many strays she found through the years. Katie and Josie were her current companions who she loved and spoiled without reservations. And, they loved her back as only dogs can do.

Sandy is survived by a brother, Richard K. Yeager, Overland Park, KS., a sister, Denise Mann; nieces, Dawn Allen, Shannon Miles, Melissa Yeager; nephews, Matthew Yeager and Joseph Duggar. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion J. Yeager and Leonora Yeager.

Sandy's life will be celebrated on Saturday, December 10, at 4pm at McGilley State Line Funeral Chapel. Family will be available prior to the service from 3:30pm to 4pm.

The family asks that donations to honor Sandy be made to Kansas City Hospice.