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Sandra Pursley

sandra pursley

November 3, 1945 ~ December 24, 2023

Born in: Tucson, Arizona
Resided in: Bergheim, Texas

Sandra Jane Cooper, Halbardier, Pursley, born Nov. 3, 1945 in Tucson, Arizona to John Henry Cooper Jr. and Mary Helen Baggett, passed from this life in the early morning hours of December 24, 2023 at 78 years of age after a long brave battle with COPD. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband George Clayton Halbardier, who died at 21 years of age, sister Mary Elaine Davis, sister Patricia Ann Obregon, brother John David Cooper. She is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, James B. Pursley, of Bergheim, TX., a daughter, Sheryl Lynn Pursley, and a son, Bryon D. Pursley both of San Antonio, TX., 6 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Sandra was a very loving wife and mother and had many interests over the years. She and her husband traveled many miles and walked through many cemeteries doing family history research. She compiled a large library of family records and photographs. She also was a stained glass artist and created some beautiful works for her house. She had a great love of cooking, often experimenting in the kitchen. She prepared many special meals for her family. She had a green thumb and was so proud of the many gardens she created around the house, filled with antique roses, flowers, and herbs. Most of all she loved family time and being among her friends. She will be dearly missed.

“Helper and Defender”

“If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.”

– Psalm 139:9-10 –

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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  1. CandleImageOur deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious wife, mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tommy and Sharon Baggett

  2. CandleImageSandra is my cousin and is only for months older than me. Sandra and I didn’t hang out together when we were younger, but she did with my sisters.

    I do have many good memories of her and her family because we visited meny times in her home in San Antonio and they visited in ours.

    The thing I remember most about Sandra is her laugh and her big grin. Which was always on display whenever I saw her

  3. Sandra was also my cousin, I remember seeing her on thanksgiving with her brother and sisters, the Cooper family got together then, also Jim and her came to some thanksgivings later on and always avoided I-35. I was able to visit them at home a few years ago while working in Boerne. I am going to dearly miss her.

  4. CandleImageSandra was my cousin and we had a lot of good memories. Every summer we would spend time together either at her house or her mom Aunt Helen would come to Aunt janies and we would all visit there. Wonderful times and wonderful memories. I was a few months older then her so we had good times and enjoyed the same things. She always had a smile on her face and was always a joy to be around. She was beautiful inside and out. I will miss her

  5. CandleImageI was introduced to the family via Bryon, who has been a good friend since Bryon was in 2nd grade. Every time I was over at their house, Sandy was very giving. Sandy would make us lunch and then off we went. Then the move out to Bergheim. I enjoyed helping climbing the rafters, helping in the construction. Sandy was the roots of the Pursley family. A strong, gentle, caring, and loving support for her family.

    Too many great memories to go on for a while. Rest in Peace, Sandy. Condolences to the Pursley family.

  6. CandleImageSandra, Steve’s cousin, had a special place in his heart. He always stated there were good memories back in the day when they were younger and got to see her and her family more.
    Later in life, they spent time exchanging memories about family. She will be missed just as Steve is. I send my love to you, Jim, and all of your family.

    With love, Lydia Baggett, Michelle, Renee and Kelly

  7. CandleImageGranny sandy was my grandmother and she was so funny and fiery. We had an inside joke thats lasted most of my life and it brought both of us joy whenever we brought it up. I wish she had longer with us, but im glad she got to know the love she knew with papa jim snd my mom and uncle bryan.

  8. CandleImageGranny Sandy was my grandmother and holidays at her house are some of my most treasured memories. I always think back on how much pride she took in hosting guests, taking care of her house, and cooking incredible meals.

    This Christmas, I spent recreating one of her specialties, her famous spicy corn pudding, and as I read her note covered recipe I heard her reminders and recommendations in my head. I know she’ll be with me each holiday I spend making her specialty and I’m so grateful to have those moments discussing her passion for cooking and perfecting a dish to carry with me and share with others.

    Her relationship with my grandfather, Papa Jim, has always been an aspiration for me. Their joking and banter was always a standard I set for myself in a lifelong partnership and so it should be for everyone. For my entire life, I witnessed their incredible love and devotion for each other. Their home was filled with light and love.

    Granny Sandy will always live on in my mind as Piper said, fiery and full of life. Laughing, urging everyone to have another serving of corn pudding, and bantering with the love of her life, my Papa Jim.

  9. CandleImageGranny Sandy was my grandma. I have many many wonderful memories with her. From teaching me how to garden along side her as she created and grew her many gardens, to accompanying her to random cemeteries as she explored genealogy and the family tree to staring at many hours of micro fish. But some of the best memories were the holidays where she always prepared and cooked the perfect meal.
    I remember one time we had gone grocery shopping and I asked her why her oranges were always sweet and why mom’s oranges from the store didn’t taste so good (sorry mom). She told me her secret was to let Papa Jim pick them out so that they would be the best!
    She was always full of love and she will be greatly missed.

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