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Sandra Napierski

Sandra Lee Napierski

Saturday, October 5th, 1946 - Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
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Sandi Napierski
October 5, 1946 - November 3, 2020

Our angel wife, mother, sister, and “Grammies”, Sandra Lee Schofield Napierski peacefully passed through the veil surrounded by her family on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Provo, Utah after a valiant battle with cancer.

Sandi was born on October 5, 1946 in Denver, Colorado to Arthur Wayne and Katherine Dixon Schofield. Mom was raised in California with her dear sister, Abbie. It’s there that she developed her love of beaches and flowers. It’s also where she fell in love with and, after graduating from San Ramon High School, married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Neville Napierski on December 5, 1964. They were sealed on June 11, 1966 in the Oakland California Temple.

The new family settled in the Bay Area where they were blessed with their first two children and advised they should have no more. Dreaming of a larger family, they moved to Orem, Utah where they found a doctor supportive of their wish. They welcomed six additional children there. After the children were grown, the couple moved to a farm in West Mountain, Utah in 2001. Two weeks after they both retired, they left to serve in the New Mexico Farmington Mission. They were thrilled to be assigned to serve in Dennehotso, Arizona among the Navajo people. Their second mission has been to serve among the wonderful residents of the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson.

Mom loved beauty and people. She treasured her flower garden and, for years, carefully selected a bouquet each Sunday to adorn the pulpit for sacrament meeting. She served on Orem’s Beautification Commission enhancing Orem’s Christmas lights display and recognizing beautiful yards.

She was energized by people and made friends everywhere she went. She quietly served as an employee at Excel Eye Center for over 30 years, as a Relief Society President, in many other church callings, and as a cherished neighbor and friend. Yet, her most precious service was to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. None of them ever left a visit without a hug, kiss, and treat for the road. Family dinners, rocking babies, holiday traditions, reunions, baking treats, and her children’s sorrows and joys meant everything to her.

Mom’s love for others was simply an extension of her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ. She had an abiding testimony of His Gospel with firm faith that carried her through her difficult last months. We’ll miss you, Mom, but take comfort that love and families are forever.

Sandi is survived by her devoted husband, Tom, and children: Sloane (Mike) Johnson, Cade (April), Ryan (Jen), Zac (Kathryn), Luke, Whitney (Luke) Woydziak, Nick (Eve), Taylor (Jana), 34 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and her sister, Abbie (Jim) Gillespie. She is preceded in death by her loving parents.
We thank the numerous health professionals that so diligently cared for Mom during such challenging circumstances.

Due to health constraints, a private service will be held on Saturday, November 14 and Sandi will be laid to rest for a time at the Orem City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mom would love you to share a kind act, or you may consider donating to The Huntsman Cancer Institute in their efforts to fight this disease:
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Susan Stoltz

Posted at 03:22pm
So sorry to hear of Sandi's passing! She was a dear friend and coworker for many many years! She had a wonderful spirit about her, and no one could be sad or unhappy when Sandi was around! She was the face and voice of our practice and all the patients knew and loved her! She, Tom, Rae Nae and I spent many hours working together endeavoring to make Excel Eye Center a premier practice in Utah County. I will miss her a lot! And offer much sympathy to her large family whom I knew from their childhood on! Much love to each of you! -Susan Stoltz

Colette Beck

Posted at 08:35pm
My best friend Sandi-words cannot express my great love for her and Tom. Our families did so much together when we were young families. Always New Year’s Eve, camping trip to dinosaur land and flaming gorge and so many other times together. . The love we shared was perfect. When I had my fourth child, Sandi took me to the hospital for delivery. She had big black now as they painted our favorite truck. She had to push me into the seat. What a sight we were. She stayed with me till I delivered Brindy. That’s how we rolled. Rod was already in Texas. We loved and cared for each other. Love you my sweet friend. Did not matter how long we were apart, when we saw one another it was like no time had pasted. Rod, Tom, Sandi and I were quite a team and always will be. I’m sure when she returned home to heaven, Rod was one of the first to see and hug her. Some day Tom and I will get to be with them again. Can’t wait for that reunion. Kisses and hugs to all the family. My prayers are always with you, especially Tom.

Aimee Walker

Posted at 07:18pm
I have wonderful memories of my Aunt Sandi. We never got to bring our kids to visit their farm, but my husband was fortunate enough to experience her hospitality on a cross country move. We are all wishing you all peace.

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