Sandra Jean (Shaw) Demmerle, went home to Jesus on May 24, 2019 at age 82, with her daughter by her side, in Jacksonville, Florida. <br />
Sandy was born to Edward Hedding Voorhees Shaw and Mildred Esther (Williams), in 1936 in Los Angeles, California, sister to Stanley Shaw, James Shaw (deceased), and George Shaw (deceased). She was raised in Tujunga, graduating from Verdugo Hills High School in 1953 and completing her AA degree in Fine Arts at Glendale College in 1956. <br />
Sandy met her husband, the late Albert J. Demmerle, in 1958 at work. They married in 1959 at the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes and then had three children: Karen (Demmerle) Krull (Larry), Gregory S. Demmerle, and Michael J. Demmerle (Lisa). Sandy and Al moved to many cities in California, Washington, Florida, and Texas, during their marriage. They divorced in 1989, but remained companions, neither remarrying. Albert passed away in December 2014. <br />
A promoter of learning as a life-long student, Sandra was a library enthusiast, planetarium lecturer, and avid Jeopardy! fan. She will be remembered for her love of horses, many Scrabble games won, chocolate chip cookies baked, champion tennis skills, creative writing abilities, and her award-winning sculpture and mixed-media paintings. <br />
Most of all she will be remembered for her warmth, kind-selfless nature, thoughtfulness, Christian sensibilities, and eagerness to help others before helping herself. She left behind many extended family members and countless friends whom she loved dearly. She is grandmother of five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. <br />
She will be most thought of for her staunch independence, positive outlook, and meaningful letter-writing; never forgetting birthdays or special occasions of extended family and close friends. <br />
Sandra made her home in Montgomery, Texas where she lived for over 30 years. Her Celebration of Life memorial will take place Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Montgomery Community Center, 14420 Liberty Street, Montgomery, Texas 77356 at 3 pm, where all are welcome to attend and encouraged to share their memories of Sandy. Final rest will be near her hometown of Tujunga, California, in July 2019, location and time to be determined.