Funeral services for Sandra Kay “Sandy” (Woods) McClain, 62, of Claremore, OK, were held Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at Johnson Funeral Chapel in Sperry, OK. Pastor Dianna Izquierdo officiated, and burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore, OK. Casket bearers were Terry Howard, William Snodgrass, T.J. Howard, Dillian Howard, Robert Howard, and Shaun Smith.
Sandy was born July 11, 1960, in Tulsa, OK, to Betty and Robert Woods, joining them and her older sister, Brenda in their home. She passed away August 10, 2022, in Tulsa, OK.
At about 4 years, old, the family relocated to Alaska, where they lived for a couple of years. Sandy would tell stories of her time there. One memory being a bear attack while she and her sister were sleeping in the living room. She would say “Daddy saved our lives that night!”
The family then relocated back to Oklahoma when Sandy was about 6 or 7 years old. Sandy was quite the daddy’s girl always wanting to help in any way. She would work right alongside him.
By the time Sandy was 8 years old, she was raising rabbits, and chickens, and would sell the rabbits and chicken eggs for extra money. When she wasn’t doing that, you could find her riding her bike with her best friend, Rowdy. At 11, Sandy and her family moved to Arkansas, she would tell stories of her going fishing with her dad and Sam Walton on many occasions! After a couple of years of living in Arkansas, the family decided to move back to Oklahoma to stay! At 13, Sandy found her first true love, her horses “Snowball” and “Streaker”. She loved animals so much that you would never know what kind of strays she would bring home. By the age of 16, Sandy married and had her first child, Belinda. Then at 21, She had her twins, Sonya, and Tonya. Sandra later remarried and was married to Gary McClain on July 16, 1984.
Sandy loved her family, having fun, lots of pink flamingos, and taking long drives with the music cranked high. She liked anything with a good beat to it. She was silly, fun, loving and stubborn as a mule! Sandy was also very close to her sister, Brenda and her nephew, Shaun. So close, that Belinda, Sonya, Tonya, and Shaun were raised together like brother and sisters. One of the many special times they had together was when Brenda surprised Sandy with a girls only cruise to the Bahamas! Sandy’s love for animals and caring for others continued throughout her life. She proved her love by being a volunteer with the Rogers County Humane Society, housing more than 100 dogs at one point, and spent countless hours making and painting donation boxes that were in the shape of dogs to help raise money. Sandy was also a Certified Nurse Aide, and Certified Medication Aide. Pets and people are what Sandy knew best! Sandy had numerous friends and was loved by many. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends, and they will cherish all of the good times they had with her.
She is survived by her daughters, Belinda Howard and husband, Terry, and Tonya Moore and husband, Billy; grandchildren, Tirhakah Hoover and husband, Justin, T.J. Howard and wife, Krista, Dillian Howard, Robert Howard, Rusty Snodgrass, Kimberlee Snodgrass, Isaac Tefft, and Tyler Tefft; great-grandchildren, Lillie-June Hoover, Azazel Hoover, and Atreus Hoover; sister, Brenda Smith; uncles, Henry Woods and wife, Linda, and Billy Woods; nieces and nephews, Shaun Smith and wife, Jamie, Kaiden Smith; Caleb Lents, Makayla Chambers, Kevin Chambers, and “Bun in the Oven” Smith; mother-in-law, Melba McClain and family; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary McClain; daughter, Sonya (Moore) Hopper; father, Robert Woods; mother, Betty Woods; mother grandmother, Lillie Ellis; maternal grandfather, Lonnie Ellis; paternal grandmother, Bessie Woods; and paternal grandfather, Roy “Olan” Woods.
Arrangements and services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry.
Online condolences to the family can be made at johnsonsperry.com.