Sandi Proctor
Sandi Proctor
  • May 2, 1941 - November 8, 2017
  • Alpharetta, Georgia

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On November 8, 2017, Heaven gained a cherished angel. Sandra Jane Rutherford Proctor, of Johns Creek, Georgia, was called home suddenly to rejoice with her family and friends who have gone before, and with her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Sandi was born on May 2, 1941 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Tracy and Jane Rutherford. She was a spunky, sweet girl with plump cheeks and ringlet curls. She graduated from Hot Springs High School and loved her role as cheerleader for the Varsity football team. The University of Arkansas is her alma mater, and there she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, a sisterhood that had great meaning to her then, and later, as Sandi and her only daughter would be sisters, too! Sandi graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and while at the University, Sandi met and married Douglas Everett Proctor; a union that lasted almost 54 years.

After moving with Doug to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Sandi became the ecstatic mother of their only child, Tracie Dee, named for Sandi's father. Sandi and Doug settled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where they embraced seafood and LSU, and Florida Boulevard Baptist Church. The bonds formed while in Baton Rouge remained in her heart.

Sandi's kind heart, willingness to serve and attention to detail lead to many opportunities in Baton Rouge. She was a substitute teacher, Junior League member, served on numerous committees in clubs and at church, co-founded a painted apparel business, and a calligraphy business, and enjoyed tennis, bridge, and jogging. She was active in charitable activities, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and was as involved with as many of Tracie's youth and school activities as Tracie would allow!

After twenty years in Baton Rouge, in 1989 the Proctors moved to Alpharetta, Georgia, where Sandi was instrumental in designing and overseeing the construction and interior design of their home in the Country Club of the South. Although it was a difficult move, it was the community at CCS, and their new church, Roswell First Baptist Church, that embraced her, and her gifts, and made Georgia feel like home. She continued playing tennis, bridge, and jogging, and her 20 consecutive years running in the Peachtree Road Race was an accomplishment of which she was immensely proud. Sandi ran a small jewelry business and was a founder of a charitable organization in Country Club of the South called S.A.L.T. Shakers (Serving Adults with Laughter and Time) that entertained residents of assisted living homes in the area. She lead S.A.L.T. Shakers for over ten years and it is still serving the community under enthusiastic "new management". Sandi and Doug enjoyed traveling both home and abroad.

Three of the proudest moments of Sandi's life were those of becoming a grandmother. It was then that she became affectionately known as San. San and Pops were fixtures at most every event. Matthew, Brendan and Tate were the twinkles in her eye. San was an active grandmother, playing baseball in the back yard, baking Jesus cakes with the boys at Christmas, cheering on the Braves, riding the roller coasters at Disney, and being their biggest fan on the sidelines of their many sports.

In life, Sandi was a vibrant presence, an all-in loyal friend who was loving, thoughtful, gracious, kind, and welcoming. She lived a love for Jesus that ran deep and that she was eager to share. Sandi loved to entertain and she did so beautifully. Her spirit brought much love and joy to many. Sandi Proctor was a beautiful southern lady with a contagious laugh, and when she smiled, it was with her whole face! Her smile is indelibly fixed in our minds. In death, one of the brightest lights in this world has moved on, but her light lives on in her family. Words cannot express how much this true treasure, our San, will be missed.

Sandra Jane Rutherford Proctor was preceded in death by her very loving parents, Tracy Calvin and Audrey Jane Cunningham Rutherford of Hot Springs, Arkansas and her brother, Richard, who passed away at the age of 10.

Sandi leaves her husband, Doug; her daughter, Tracie Proctor Morse; and grandsons, Matthew, Brendan and Tate Morse, all of Johns Creek, Georgia.

Viewing will take place on November 17 at the Roswell Funeral Home between the hours of 6:00pm- 8:00pm. A Celebration of Life is at her beloved Roswell First Baptist Church in Roswell, at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 18, followed by a final farewell at Green Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials for Sandi be in the form of contributions to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, or to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Hospital.