Sandra Lynn (Sandy) Madura, 61, of Broomfield, Colorado, went to be with her Lord on August 13, 2017. Sandy is survived by husband Bill, daughters Dawn (Patrick Malone), Alys, Emma (Michael) Heirendt, grandchildren Clio and Silas Madura-Malone, parents Alvin and Helen Smit, sisters Laura (Gregory) Zandstra, Rebecca (Verlan) Van Ee, Jennifer (Timothy) Vroom, many aunts and uncles, and many nieces and nephews.
Sandy was born on December 13, 1955, in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Her Christian faith was central to her life. She grew up in the Christian Reformed Church, and joined husband Bill in the Presbyterian Church USA in 1981. She served the Presbyterian Church of Broomfield since 1991 in many ways, notably as deacon and Sunday School teacher.
Sandy attended Lansing Christian School and Illiana Christian High School, both in Lansing, IL, and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa) in 1976.
Sandy and Bill were married on May 2, 1981, and lived in Joliet, IL, before moving to Colorado in 1982. With the births of daughters Dawn (1981), Alys (1984), and Emma (1991), Sandy and Bill had a family life that was full of God’s blessings.
Sandy’s interests and hobbies included reading fiction, attending plays and concerts, gardening, learning new cooking recipes, playing table games, physical fitness, hiking, road trips to visit family, visiting museums and historical sites, and playing with her grandchildren. Never a bystander, Sandy could often be found playing enthusiastically right alongside her grandchildren, regardless of the game.
Sandy’s exceptional character lives on as an example to those who loved her. Her courage, integrity, kindness, thoughtfulness, sincerity, and nurturing nature left indelible memories that her family and friends will cherish forever.
Sandy had a 15-year career as paraprofessional in the Boulder Valley Schools, working most of those years for Aspen Creek K-8 School in Broomfield, in the autism program. Working with individual students, or with small groups, she helped them to engage with the curriculum and perform more capably. Much of her focus was on training social behavior to make students more effective in school. Sandy built strong relationships with the children that were assigned to her. These rich relationships often transcended the school experience, as Sandy remained a mentor and friend to some of her students outside of school, years after they had moved on from her classes.
Before and after her time at Aspen Creek, Sandy cared for children in her home. She was engaged in part-time child care at the time of her passing. Sandy closely studied children’s developmental stages and used what she learned to enrich children’s experiences, both in learning and play. Sandy continued as a mentor and friend to many of her day care graduates years after they left her care. One of her former day care children so valued her experiences that when she became a mother, she entrusted her daughter to Sandy’s care.
Sandy’s family mourns her loss, but is comforted that Sandy now knows heaven as her home. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 8, at the Presbyterian Church of Broomfield, 350 Main Street, Broomfield.
In lieu of flowers for the memorial service, we ask that you consider making donations to the Temple Grandin School (Boulder, CO) for students with Asperger’s syndrome, Friends of Broomfield (Broomfield, CO) services for adults with developmental disabilities, Mercy Project Colorado (Broomfield, CO) in its support for victims of sex trafficking, The Presbyterian Church of Broomfield Board of Deacons, Dordt College or your favorite charity.
The family rejoices that God gave the gift of Sandy to us.
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