Photography

Sandra B. Altman

December 24, 1936 ~ June 12, 2022 (age 85)

Tribute

Sandy Altman, friend, life partner, and resident honey bear, gained her angel wings on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2022.  She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. She was 85 years old.

 

Sandy was born on Christmas Eve, 1936, in Breckenridge, Texas, and spent her earliest years in Abilene and Anson, Texas with her beloved grandparents. Union Oil moved the family to Houston, where Sandy graduated from Lamar High School and attended the University of Houston, pledging Delta Gamma.

 

Sandy’s work years included administrative and managerial positions at United Salt, Uniroyal, and the House of Coffee Beans. She retired in 1998 to spend more time traveling with her soulmate, Dian.  They traveled extensively in the US, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, making memories and even more photographs, while racking up loads of frequent flyer miles. 

                       

During Sandy’s five-year battle with ovarian cancer, she remained optimistic and upbeat despite several surgeries and multiple treatments.  She was a fighter until the very end.  Sandy was a very positive person, with a strong faith and genuine gratitude for life. She always took time to notice the world around her, and was thankful for each day.  She was not hurried, but was very thoughtful and intentional. She appreciated the simple things: birds, flowers, and the beauty of the clouds and sky.   

 

Sandy was very authentic and extremely low maintenance.  She didn’t dwell in drama nor did she tolerate it from others.  She had more common sense than most people could ever hope for.  Sandy had a wonderful clear low voice and engaging laugh. She loved spending time by the water, on the beach, or on a cruise. She relished evenings spent with friends, over dinner, drinks, conversations and cards.  She loved all good British mysteries (especially Poirot), James Coney Island hot dogs, Shipley glazed do-nuts, spaghetti bolognese, and a dirty martini.

 

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ione Altman, her loyal canines Parker, Murphy, and Lexie, and too many good friends lost in the early AIDS crisis.  She is survived by her life partner of 46 years, Dian Austin, her brother-in-law Brent Austin, nieces Katharine Austin and Elizabeth Wanczak (and family), and her faithful dog, Riley, along with many long-time close friends.

 

A funeral service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston Texas, 77002.  A reception will follow in Sanders Hall.  Burial will be private at Glenwood Cemetery. 

 

Sandy was an ardent supporter of local animal rescue groups. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an animal rescue group of your choice or simply a kind act done in her name.

 

Good night, Sweet Bear. 


Services

Funeral Service
Thursday
June 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave.
Houston, Texas 77002

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