Sandra Dean Hostetter Dean, 75, of Cedar Point, N.C., passed away peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 29, 2019, at her home.

She was born in Lexington and attended Mrs. McCorkle’s and Mrs. Lackman’s private schools. Then she attended Ann Smith School, Ruffner School and graduated from Lexington High School. She attended James Madison University and graduated from Pam American Business School with high honors. She worked with Mr. Slusser at Waddell Elementary School. She then attended and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor of arts degree. She worked in the English department at Virginia Military Institute.

She was in the Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was invited to be in the Miss Virginia pageant, but turned it down.

Sandra met and married her husband, Graham E. Dean, after his graduation from VMI and they remained happily married for 51 years.

Sandra raised a family of two daughters in Danville where she was an active member of the Garden Club of Virginia, the Wednesday Club, a volunteer at her daughter’s school, and a Sunday school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church.

She and Graham later retired to their home in Cedar Point, N.C. A loving mother and grandmother, Sandra really enjoyed attending her grandsons’ activities and taking family vacations. In recent years, she took many trips with her husband and daughters where lots of memories were made. Sandra was an avid reader, crossword puzzle enthusiast, animal lover, ardent cook and wonderful daughter.

She is survived by her loving husband, Graham E. Dean; daughters Shannon Dean Daly of Richmond and Jenna Rebecca Dean of Cedar Point, N.C.; her mother, Rebecca Hostetter Rorrer of Lexington; grandchildren Thomas “Tee” Michael Daly IV and Graham Holden Daly; and her cat, Lucy Dean. She was preceded in death by her father, Everett J. Hostetter.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Due to her love of animals and her many pets such as dogs, cats, hamsters, fish and turtles, donations may be made to the Sandra Dean Memorial Fund for Pets in Need. N-G

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