"distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality." Romans 12:13.
Sandra Madelynne (Wofford) Lake Brown went home for her final healing on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Tulsa.
Sandra was born May 21, 1933, in Keota. She was the daughter of Harry Basil "Buck" Wofford and Daisy Matilda (Taylor) Setzer Wofford. She attended school in Muskogee and graduated in 1950 from Central High School in Muskogee. She received her associate degree in nursing from the first graduating class at Bacone Indian College School of Nursing in 1965 and her bachelor of science and masters degree from Oklahoma State University.
Sandra had a long and varied nursing and education career. Starting as a teen, she was in a vocational nursing program at the Oklahoma Baptist Hospital in Muskogee, then did her student training at Muskogee General Hospital and her first employment after graduating was at Taft Mental Hospital as a ward nurse. She then went to the Oklahoma State Health Department as a visiting public health nurse, then at Indian Capital Vo-Tech in Muskogee and Northeast Area Vo-Tech in Pryor as an LPN and health occupations educator. She was one of the instructors of the very first practical nursing program at Northeast Area Vo-Tech. Sandra was the director of nurses at Claremore Health Center, a staff nurse at the Veterans Hospital in Muskogee, then she returned to the Oklahoma State Department of Health as a visiting nurse and then advanced to supervisor and later became administrator over seven counties for the Oklahoma State Department of Public Health for 10 years. She retired from the health department in 1992.
Sandra then served on the board of directors of the Wa-Ro-Ma Community Action Program for Wagoner, Rogers and Mayes counties, and later became headstart director for Wa-Ro-Ma from 1992 to 1998.
She became a traveling federal consultant and reviewer of the National Headstart Program. She retired again to become involved in Baptist church work as a teacher of several ladies Sunday school classes and began a homebound visiting ministry at Frink Baptist Church in McAlester.
Sandra could never be idle and went back to work again as a visiting nurse for Brown's Home Health in McAlester.
She was a helpmeet to her husband as he pastored at Arpelar Baptist Church and Vivian Baptist Church.
As a young woman and mother, she was a longtime member and Sunday School teacher at Shiloh Baptist Church in Muskogee. Sandra conducted many Bible book and Kay Arthur Bible precept studies at various churches.
Sandra was a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the Red Hat Society, County Line Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, and the Oklahoma Public Employees and the Oklahoma Public Health Association.
She was a participant in the original National Institutes of Health Nurses Health Study. She was an educator for AARP.
Sandra went on several medical mission trips with the Honduras Baptist Medical and Dental Mission and went to Brazil on a church building team and was chosen by the president of Brazil to speak to students in the public school system on the destructive use of drugs in the student population.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Earnest J. Brown, of Kiefer, whom she married in 1972. She is also survived by her daughters, Teri M. Garner, RN, OB/Gyn NP, and Kristi D. Gross; step-daughter, Mendee J. Perry; step-son, J. Blake Brown; son-in-law, Gary R. Gross; daughter-in-law, Barbie Pugh; 12 grandchildren, Lance Gross, Steven Gross, the Rev. Dustin Tidwell, Brandie Brashier, Shannon Tracy, Zac R. Lake, Casey Lake, Carrie Cooper, B.J. Lake, Keegan Brown, Kendall Brown, and Karenna Brown; nine great-grandchildren, Jadie Tidwell, Weston Tidwell, Kadie Tidwell, Raelynn Lake, Rachel Church, Talon Tracy, Nathan Henry, Billy Cooper and Emily Cooper, and four great-great-grandchildren, Gracelynn Moran, Kolton Moran, Kennedy Moran and Everleigh Dill.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Daisy Wofford; her brother, Everett Setzer, and her son, Mark Alan Lake.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Bishop Funeral Services and Crematory of McAlester, officiated by the Rev. Calvin Easley. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Bishop Funeral Service.
Final resting place will be at Dustin Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Tidwell, Weston Tidwell, Lance Gross, Steven Gross, B.J. Lake and Loren Brashier.
The family asks for donations to the Alzheimers Association at alz.org in lieu of flowers.
Published on December 5, 2016