Sandra Lynn "Sandy" Holdcraft was born November 10, 1949 in Dallas, Texas, to Mary Louise "Bird" Matthews and Alvin Donald Holdcraft. She was a miracle baby, premature, and weighing only 4 lbs., 8 oz., interesting because of her long career at Methodist Hospital and at Children's Medical Center, Dallas, in children's health. Most of her life was spent on the same property on North Clinton, where she died quietly on April 17, 2018. Sandy was always competitive and adventurous, starting as a little girl, trying to keep up with big brother, Ricky, and the neighborhood boys. At Dallas Sunset High School, she lettered in Debate and Tennis, forecasting her lifelong love of a good discussion and sports, graduation in 1968. In 2011, she was featured in the Sunset Alumni newsletter for her work at Children's Medical Center. In 1972, she graduated in nursing from Baylor University, and had her RN and BSN. She worked at Methodist Hospital for several years, while also developing her golfing skills. In the mid-1980s, Sandy toured with the Women's golf circuit, until an injury returned her to Dallas and nursing. Her vivacious personality was a perfect fit for pediatric nursing, and she could make even sick kids giggle. Her lively, fun loving spirit carried over into her friendships, and she became everyone's best friend, or adopted family. Sandy was very involved in the continuing development of women's amateur and professional golf. In 1992, she was on the Texas Ladies Amateur Golf Association Board, and chaired the first Texas LAGA Texas Cup tournament, in Dallas. She also became a serious, and competitive poker player! Several trips into China, with friends pursuing international adoption, resulted in some former "orphans" now being American citizens, and part of their own families, but Sandy's extended family, as well. Sandy had a great love for her faithful four-legged companions, Scooter and Jaxsy. For many years, the three of them participated in Flyball, a fast-paced dog team-relay sport. Both will be buried with her, as she requested. Sandy was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Holdcraft, and father, Al Holdcraft. She is survived by her brother, Richard Ryan Holdcraft and wife Daisy; nephews, Ryan Matthew Holdcraft and wife Tracy, and David Austin Holdcraft; niece, Renee Louise Holdcraft; and several great nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins and a great circle of friends. A memorial service for Dallas friends will be Saturday, April 28, 2 pm, at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, 1215 Turner Ave., Dallas, Texas. A second celebration of her life will take place at the Coolidge Cemetery Chapel, Sunday, April 29, at 2 pm, Coolidge, Texas, where she will be buried near her mother and grandparents. Pastor Maureen Day will officiate.
Sunday, April 29th, 2018 2:00pm, Coolidge Cemetery Chapel
Service Extra Info A memorial service will, also, be held at 2PM, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, 1215 Turner Ave., Dallas, TX.