Sandra Lea White Fling

Sandra Lea White Fling, 68, joined her family in heaven, Sunday, April 27, 2014, after a sudden illness.

She was born in Parkersburg, on July 25, 1945, to Walter and Phala Perrine White.

She graduated from Parkersburg High School and worked for a while at Dils Brothers. She enjoyed bowling, traveling with her family and making the holidays special. She married Richard Fling, her high school sweetheart, on Jan. 19, 1964, and began her life’s work of caring for all those around her. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in January, with their children and grandchildren, and a lot of love and laughter.

Sandra will be greatly missed by her family. Known for orchestrating big family dinners, family celebrations and providing care for anyone who was sick or hurt, it was nothing for her to travel across the country to care for someone she loved.

Sandra will be missed by her family at Lauckport United Methodist Church as well. A lifelong member of the congregation, she was key to organizing church events, head of the trustees and took care of the planning of dinners for the families of those who lost loved ones. Her strength, organizational skills and attention to the details will be difficult to replace. Her church, church family and her faith were at the top of her list of priorities, and her example of Christian discipleship a lesson for us all.

In addition to her husband, she leaves behind her daughters, Cherie (Rick) Moore of Washington, W.Va., Andrea Fling and Melissa Gandee, both of Parkersburg. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, and she spoiled them every chance she got. Grandma’s cooking will be impossible to replace! She was Grandma to Justin (Allison) Moore of Parkersburg, Hannah Moore of Washington, W.Va., and Sidney Gandee of Parkersburg. She was great-grandma to Cameron Moore of Parkersburg. She was adored and loved by many nephew and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters and their husbands, Imogene and Ray Frances and Annabelle and Powell Sams; her grandson, Aron Michael Fansworth.

In the words of her great-grandson, “Grandma is with God and that is pretty cool. Now Grandpa has to learn how to cook for me!” She gave us what we need to go on and it is up to us to carry on.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Lauckport United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ken Nolan and Reverend Norman Butler officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 2-9 p.m. today at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg, and at the church one hour prior to the service.

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