Sandra Oxley was the kind of woman who would talk to or listen to anyone she met, said her son, Gary Oxley.
“She was a very caring person who found it very hard to say no to anyone,” he said. “You never saw her without a smile on her face. Even in the worst of times, she stayed positive.”
Sandra Oxley, 68, of Merrillville, died Dec. 8 after a battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, John Oxley.
She was born in Maryland and had lived in Arizona. She had been the preschool administrator at her church, Merrillville Wesleyan Methodist, for several years and then ended her career at Good Shepherd Daycare.
She taught hundreds of preschool children over 30 years.
Lisa Engel worked with Oxley for 10 years at Good Shepherd Daycare.
“She was always so cheerful and would brighten your day with a smile or a funny saying,” Engel said. “The children loved her so much.”
Engel said Oxley taught Chapel on a weekly basis for the school.
“She taught them about God in a fun way,” she said.
Oxley loved the Green Bay Packers, and was self-taught on the piano and organ, her son said.
She was a devout Christian, and was actively involved in her church.
“She was an avid student and teacher of the Bible,” her son said. “Her favorite book was Psalms.”
Bob Cross, a longtime friend of the family, said Sandra Oxley was a saint and the glue that kept her family together.
“God took her at an early age because he needed another saint with him,” Cross said.
Gary Oxley said his mother gave without expecting or wanting anything in return.
“Mom loved to make people happy and see joy upon others’ faces, sometimes to the extent of going without (herself,)” he said.