Sandra Kay Lara of Uvalde passed away on April 7, 2018 in San Angelo at the age of 76. She was born on November 19, 1941 in Anaheim, California to Marion Nathaniel Lester and Ruth Margaret Ann Rourke.
She is survived by her daughter, Coleen Speas and companion, Omar Negron of Florida and Michelle Benavides and companion, Juan Carranza of Uvalde; son, Sean Lara and wife, Lori of San Angelo; sister, Patricia Hix of Ramona, California; brother, Michael Lester of Bakersfield, California; grandchildren, Ryan Benavides, Kruz Benavides, Joel Benavides, Johnnie Carranza, Lawson Lara, and Skye Lee Lara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Chapoy Lara and parents.
Cremation is under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
My prayers and thoughts are with all the family of Sandy Lara. Wonderful person with a lot of talents. Another of our family from the bus barn have gone to heaven to drive in heaven. She will be missed. Love Sally Ortiz
Sally OrtizUvalde, TX
Awww, Miss Sandy!
The world lost some brightness, kindness, common sense, discipline, and much more with her passing. She was one tough bus driver, but I knew she loved us just as hard as she could. In the 70’s, she’d bang on the bus wall to get us to settle down, stop at the little convenience store to let us all buy drinks and gum (as long as we all collectively had enough money to buy something for everyone, not leaving out anyone), and if she was in an especially good mood, she’d let me sit righ next to her and turn the flashing lights on and off with each stop. I learned a lot from her and have thought of her often. Praying for the family. 💗
Tanya Gager JohnsonGrand Saline, TX
Sandi was our bus driver on RockSprings Rd for many years. My sisters and I have fond memories of Sandi driving our bus #17. She was kind and tough. She kept a piece of steel pipe to hit on the ceiling of the bus to get our attention. No matter how tough the situation, dealing with a bunch of misfits, it was always clear she cared for us. We always knew we were in good hands with Sandi behind the wheel.
Karl Gager JrMadison, MS
Miss Sandy was one of the toughest women I’ve ever known but also one that I found out loved us children in her bus dearly. I loved her too.
My condolences to the family...her and dad were like my 2nd parents...will be truly missed but not forgotten
Norma AlvaradoUvalde, TX
My Deepest Condolences To The Family of Sandra Lara ! She was a Wonderful Person. She was my Customer At Fantastic Sam's for a Few Years. May She Rest in Peace. Blessing To Her Family ! God Bless You All !
Sandy TorresConroe, TX