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Sandra Ewens

Sandra Ewens (Perry), 78, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away February 28, 2017 at her home at The Parkway Senior Living Apartments in Blue Springs.

Sandra (also known as “Sandy” by her friends and family) was born on November 19, 1938 in Kansas City, MO, to James H. Perry and Edith A. Perry (Winders), with one sibling, Marsha Liggett (Perry)

Sandy was married to William (Bill) Lee Ewens at Kensington Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO on September 28, 1963.

Prior to marriage, she earned her Bachelor of Arts at William Jewell College and received her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas.

Sandy and Bill took up residence in East Lansing, MI, for over 30 years, where they had fulfuilling careers and adopted and raised two children, Jason Lee Ewens and Erin Lynn Brown (Ewens).

When Sandy was growing up, she lived a few blocks from her maternal grandparents, the Winders, and she would walk to their apartment after school.  She stayed with them almost every weekend.  She was very close to her grandmother, and the two of them loved to share stories about her mother, Edith.  Her grandmother came to live with her when her grandfather died, and she loved having her there, spending a lot of time together.  It was because of her that Sandy became a social worker.  She wanted to work with seniors and help them be more active.

Sandy went to work for St. Vincent Catholic Charities where she would eventually become the director of the St. Vincent Home for Children in Lansing, MI until her retirement.

After the birth of her first granddaughter, Connor Kaylee Ewens, Sandy and Bill moved back to Kansas City to be closer to their family. 

During the next few years Sandy’s family would also welcome grandson Logan William Ewens, and granddaughters Marleigh Sophia Brown and Seraphina Kennedy Brown.

Although her daughter Erin’s family lived in California, Oregon, and then Texas, she and Bill visited often. She was very excited when Erin and Frank moved to Singapore in 2015, and hoped that someday she would be able to visit, but sadly her health would never permit it.

One of Sandy’s true joy’s in life was being with her grandchildren and witnessing their accomplishments.  She encouraged Connor and Logan to take music lessons, and would often offer to take them to class so that she could just listen to them sing and play.  She traveled all the way to Texas to see Marleigh in her first recital, and she loved receiving videos of Marleigh and Seraphina practicing their Mandarin language, or dancing and singing.  Because of Sandy’s encouragement, Connor now works as a piano teacher at Meyer Music, and will be in the vocal department at Missouri State University next year.  Logan plays two instruments in the band at Paul Kinder Middle School and plans to be in the Golden Regiment Marching Band at Blue Springs High School next year.  Marleigh plays piano, dances, and is a world traveller.  Seraphina also plays piano, does gymnastics, and loves math and science. Sandy was described by one of her close friends as “a truly wonderful, caring person – always ready to listen, support, and to laugh!”

After moving to Michigan in the 1960’s, they returned home to celebrate Christmas with their family each year until they moved back to Missouri. Sandy loved visiting her parents, Jim and Edith, her sister Marsha Liggett, her brother-in-law Bob Liggett, and her niece and nephews Lori Worden, James Craig Liggett, and Brad Liggett. They went on many regular family vacations to the Amanas in Iowa and the Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky.  She loved to travel, and after retiring she and Bill traveled with Marsha and Bob to many different cities across the United States, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean.  She and Bill also visited the USSR, Asia, and Australia.  She was a true world traveler.

Sandy is survived by her husband William (Bill) Ewens of Blue Springs; her son Jason Ewens, and his wife, Darla of Blue Springs; her daughter, Erin Brown, and her husband Frank of Pratteln, Switzerland; her grandchildren, Connor Ewens, Logan Ewens, Marleigh Brown, and Seraphina Brown; her sister, Marsha Liggett and her husband Robert Liggett of Lee’s Summit; her niece and nephews, Lori Worden, James Craig Liggett, Brad Liggett, their spouses Phil Worden, and Diana Liggett, and their children, Perry Worden, Victoria Liggett, Chandler Liggett, Olivia Liggett, and Ainsley Liggett.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, James H. Perry and Edith A. Perry.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th St. Kansas City MO, 64110 www.stowers.org/support

A Memorial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111



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11 Comments on “Sandra Ewens”

  1. Lynn Bartley Says:

    I was very lucky to have Sandy as a friend. She was always positive, always caring and giving, and always interested and fun-loving. I loved laughing with her and sharing many special times with her and with Bill as well as with “group.”
    I am thinking about all of you – Bill, Jason, Erin, Darla, Marsha, Bob, Connor, Logan, Marleigh, Seraphina, Frank and Sandy’s other family members. This is the time when the wonderful family connection that you all have (and that Sandy appreciated so much) is most important. love and hugs to you all – Lynn

  2. Jerry and carol Jeffries Says:

    Sandy was a much loved member of our family. She was always positive and loved to laugh. She will be missed. We love you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry and carol jeffries

  3. Wendy Jeffries Says:

    As we have gotten older our lives no longer intersected but she will forever hold a place in my heart she will always be my aunt Sandra. My thoughts are with the Ewens family during this time and forever!

  4. Frances Cook Says:

    I have such good memories of Sandy. She was a great listener and we had a lot of great talks in our work together.
    My heartfelt condolences to Bill, Jason, Erin and your
    families.

  5. Linda & Adrain Lemen Says:

    Sandy absolutely one of the most caring people I have ever known. After college we shared an apartment with two other friends and that is when you truly get to know someone. She loved her family and cared so much for them. Prayers for her husband Bill, son Jason and daughter Erin and all her grandchildren as I know what a void will be in their lives. Also prayers for Marsha and her family as they also face this difficult loss. I feel honored to have been friends with Sandy all our adult life and before. Linda

  6. Jerry and Carol Jeffries Says:

    It has been a blessing to get to know Sandy and be a part of her family. She will be missed by so many. Our love thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry and Carol

  7. Carolyn. Morris Says:

    Sandy was always a “bright light” in our book discussion group. She will be missed.

  8. Doug Miller Says:

    Upon the birth of our youngest daughter, Kelly, Sandy gave her a stuffed cow. Kelly was so attached to Cow that we had to have his fabric replaced twice and re stuffed multiple times. Cow has made the journey through her growing up and now is with her as a young adult pursuing her career. I think Sandy got a kick out of knowing that such a simple gesture would have such a lasting effect. But then, that was sort of the way Sandy effected all of us. A wonderful woman who made the world a better place! Condolences to Bill, Jason, Erin and their families.

  9. Judy Johnmeyer Strodtman Says:

    My condolences to Bill, Jason and Erin. Sandy was a very nice and warm lady, so glad she was a part of our family.

  10. Margaret McCorkendale Says:

    I have lost a wonderful and precious fiend of almost sixty years. Sandy and I went through a lot of smiles and a few tears over these years. She always made me feel like part of her family starting with her parents and then her own family that included Bill (I was honored to be in her wedding), and then on to love her children, their spouses, and of course all four grandchildren. You will be so missed by so many who were touched by your gracious and loving way, including me.

  11. Susan Lange Says:

    This world is a better place because of Sandy. We could not have asked for any better neighbors than Bill and Sandy. We have been blessed many times with her caring nature. She always stopped to talk when we were outside. She was a beautiful lady through and through. She will be missed.

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