Sandra (Sandee) South Whitehead

Sandra (Sandee) South Whitehead, 65, went home to her Lord on April 27, 2017 in Lewistown, Mont. She had been a patient at the CMMC Hospice House since Dec. 27, 2016 (four months) when complications from colon cancer ended her stay on Earth way too soon.

She enjoyed many blessings and had some challenges in the many chapters of her history book. Before the term “Superwoman” became popular, she was already living like one. On March 23, 1968 in Dillon, Mont., Sandee married Clark Whitehead from Townsend, and started their family the following year. She and Clark have four daughters, a son-at-heart and seven grandchildren.

Throughout her life, she worked as a clothing store clerk, ironed clothes for other people, ran a daycare inside of their home, delivered newspapers, stocked books/magazines at several local stores, waitressed, and became secretary at a local church.

Now for the “Superwoman” part – Sandee made time to volunteer with Beta Sigma Rho (women’s sorority), the Sea Lion Swim Team, Brownie Troop leader, 4-H club assistant leader and the Salvation Army. She was a beautiful seamstress and an incredible baker. She also was a devoted dance-sports-music mom, caretaker of her parents and helped care for two boys who needed her love, all the while making homemade meals for her family and being a wife too. She enjoyed her arts and crafts, loved to read, doing puzzles, bowling, and flower gardening. Health challenges came early in her life, which slowed her down, but never stopped her. What is a mom/wife/friend? Look into her heart and love of family and friends and you will witness it first-hand.

The love Clark and Sandee had was beautiful and unparalleled. Their deep devotion to each other was always noticed. They recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on March 23. Her one piece of advice is: “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”

She is survived by her husband Clark of Lewistown; daughters are Rhonda (Mike) Bodvig from Billings Mont., LeOrla (Lance) Wright of Cloudcroft, N.M., Taunya Whitehead from Billings, and Kara (Michael) Wilde from Bothell, Wash.; and son-at-heart, Kyle (Lacey) Faulkner from Great Falls, Mont.; sisters Dixie (Bill) Cottom of Dillon and Connie Davis of Great Falls; brothers Dean (Donna) South of Helena, Mont. and Dennis (Evelyn) South from Albuquerque N.M.; seven grandchildren: Emily and Dylan Bodvig, Wyatt and Dalton Wright, Arianna and Ethan Wilde, Kailynn Faulkner; and special nephew Cory South of Houston, Texas, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Sandee was preceded in death by her parents Lee and Orla South of Dillon, and brother-in-law Ed Davis from Great Falls. 

An informal gathering of friends and family will be held in the First Presbyterian Church fellowship room in Lewistown on Saturday, May 20 between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A similar celebration of life for Sandee will be held in Dillon on June 17. Cremation has taken place (Sandee was an organ donor).

Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family. If you want to share a special memory of Sandee with the family, please go to: sandeewhitehead@outlook.com.

In lieu of flowers and meals, please consider a donation to CMMC Hospice House in Lewistown or to a charity of your choice. She loved life, but hers was cut short… so in honor of her, live every day to the fullest, forgive others and love with all your heart. Nothing would make her smile bigger in Heaven than that. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

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