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Obituary for Saundra "Sandy" Garrison Hanser Smith

Smith, Saundra "Sandy" L. Garrison Hanser, age 80, of Spring Valley, passed away on Thursday, August 19th, 2021 quietly and peacefully surrounded by family. She was born July 31st, 1941 in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio.

Sandy loved her husband most of all, but her children and grandchildren were a close second. When she was young she loved to go square dancing, and also enjoyed traveling. She especially enjoyed a trip to the Bahamas, visiting out west in Arizona and California, and going to Amish Country. She liked to crotchet for her family and friends and loved to gather together with them for sweet memories and delicious food. Some of those sweet memories were made while camping, going to Cowan Lake, and renting out the Lions Club Den for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clista (Riley) and Harry Garrison, son Richard Hanser, grandson John Adam Carroll, granddaughter Grace Lamb, son-in-law Paul Colwell, and six brothers, Louis, Ben, Dick, Larry, Tommy, and Billy.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jim, son Louis (Alana) Hanser, daughters Lori (Chris) Carroll, Nada Colwell, Kelley Jo (Dave) Lofthouse, Robin (Sean) DeWine, and Jenny (Bill) Haphant; her sister Barbara (Nolan) Burden; an aunt Shirley Holden, sisters-in-law Donna Garrison and Barbie Carr; and her beloved dog, Sky. She was also survived by 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Sandy retired from Payne Webber in Dayton, and worked many years at Frisch's in Xenia. She was know as a caregiver, as well as an active member of Spring Valley Lions Club, Spring Valley Acts, and the Spring Valley United Methodist and Xenia United Presbyterian Churches.

To help the family celebrate her life, you are invited to a visitation at Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home (92 W. Franklin St. Bellbrook, Ohio 45305) on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Life Celebration Services will be held Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 at 11:00 am at Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home, with burial to follow at Middle Run Cemetery.

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