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Updated: 03/26/2014 08:00:11AM

Sandra Lee Sita

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Sandra Lee “Sandy” (nee Etheridge) Sita, 80, of Englewood, Fla., died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, surrounded by her family, at Tidewell Hospice in Englewood.

She was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Braddock, Pa.

She grew up and graduated from Swissvale High, with the class of ’51. During her high school years, she met and (a couple of years later) married her love and high school sweetheart, Edward Alexander “Ed” Sita (April 23, 1932 ~ Oct. 16, 2012) on July 20, 1953. Sandy and Ed Sita then proceeded to explore their future together through job opportunities across the country, and even overseas to Santiago, Chile, where they lived for quite a while. Upon returning to the states and heeding the call of motherhood, Sandy and Ed adopted Collins Jay Sita (born Oct. 24, 1960) in California. After leaving California and spending time in New York, Sandy and Ed moved to Oklahoma, where they adopted Dallas Lee Sita (born Dec. 31, 1968). After a brief stay in Philadelphia, Pa., Sandy and her family moved to Houston, Texas, in 1973, where not only did she watch her children grow up, she went to school herself and became a licensed nurse. From the mid-’80s to the early ’90s, Sandy and the family lived in Homewood, Ala., where her oldest son graduated pharmacy school, and the youngest graduated high school and started college. After a brief period in Ohio, Sandy and Ed moved to Englewood, where they lived out the rest of their lives together in the faith of the Lutheran church, where Sandy also answered another call of becoming a Stephen Minister for Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Sandy is survived by her 106-year-old mother, Ann Evelyn Etheridge; her two sons, Collins Jay Sita and Dallas Lee Sita; daughter-in-law, Deborah Ann Morris-Sita; granddaughters, Cynthia Townsdin, Shelby Sita and Sarah Sita; a host of special loved souls who have lived with and witnessed firsthand her open heart and kindness, Richard Byrd, Polly Rae, Eddie and April Bostic, and Fonda Ussery Sita; a few remaining in-laws, along with bunch of beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and a neurotic dachshund named Abby.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6465 Mayport Road, Englewood, with (weather-permitting) an interment ceremony to follow at Gulf Pines Memorial Park. In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that you send flowers to YOUR mother, if you still have one, or to someone else’s if you don’t.

Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral and Cremation Services.

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