Sandra Lynn Harrison Bredimus, 68, of Leland, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
She was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, the daughter of Lydia Thrush of Leland, North Carolina and the late George Henry Harrison, of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Besides her mother, Lydia, she is survived by her daughter Cheryl Lynn Rozga, and son Don Charles “Chuck” Driver, Jr. Survivors also include two brothers, George Henry Harrison, Jr. (Stephanie) and Glenn Douglas Harrison (Teresa), one granddaughter, Shelby Lynn Rozga (Cody Blanton), nephew Glenn Douglas Harrison II, honorary family member (and Autumn Care roommate) Roberta Massey as well as many other much loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends.
Sandy was very involved in activities as a child. In addition to her lifelong love of church she was a Brownie, a Girl Scout, a member of her school chorus, and a hospital candy striper before graduating in 1967 from Deptford Township High School in New Jersey. As an adult, she worked various jobs as she raised her two children. She received her certification as a Nurses’ Assistant from Cape Fear Technical Institute in 1976. She was employed at nursing homes in both New Jersey and North Carolina and briefly worked in a courthouse office in New Jersey and was also a teacher at a day care center in North Carolina. She was adept at any job but found that waitressing worked best to accommodate her children’s school schedules and she worked most of her adult years at the Kettle Pancake House and Ryan’s Steakhouse, both on Market Street in Wilmington, NC.
The last few years of her life were spent at Autumn Care on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington, North Carolina. Sandy made so many friends there and they became her second family. Not just the residents but the wonderful staff, from the medical staff to the recreational team to the kitchen and maintenance crews, administrators, the beloved pastor and piano player, along with the volunteers and musicians and family members of the residents. The family would like to thank everyone at Autumn Care for their loving care of Sandy as well as for their friendship.
Sandy was a loving daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She will be remembered for the love and caring devotion she showed to everyone (especially her family) and most of all, for her beautiful smile. We will miss her silliness, her fist pumps, her love of BonJovi and dolphins and angels… but most all we will miss her warm hugs and her continuous smile that made you happy no matter what your mood was before you saw her. She was full of love and kindness and forgiveness and happiness. We were all blessed to have her in our lives and are still blessed to know she is now an angel watching over us all.
In lieu of flowers, please provide a card or note sharing a happy memory you have of Sandy. These can be mailed to the family or we will have a “Forever Box” at the service for this purpose. Should you wish to donate to a charity in Sandy’s honor please donate to one of the hunger and housing related projects of the JBJ Soul Foundation at www.jonbonjovisoulfoundation.org
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