Sandra Lou Shick Crossley, 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loving family and friends on April 12, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A 20-year resident of Greensboro, N.C., Sandy was born in Williamsport, Pa., on March 4, 1946 to the late Lee and Mildred Shick. She worked for Bell of Pennsylvania and then AT&T in Virginia and Georgia. She retired from telecommunications after 35 years, moved to Greensboro to be near family and enjoyed meaningful work as Clinic Manager for Stillpoint Acupuncture, where she found a wonderful, nurturing work family.
Throughout her life, no matter where she lived, whom she met or what circumstances she faced, Sandy made the same impact on every person she met, supported and loved. A gentle presence in every room, she was a beautiful human who loved deeply and spread kindness through her welcoming and compassionate way. She radiated warmth and patience, never sought recognition, was a great listener and attended faithfully to the needs of others. Known as a woman of grace and calm in the face of challenge, she always had a reassuring smile for others and a quiet tenacity for pushing back against the illness that shortened her time on Earth. One of the last things she said was, “I am not afraid to die. I just don’t want to.”
Sandy embraced life and found meaning in simple pleasures — walks, bike riding, reading, crafts, card games, birdwatching, time with family and friends, sharing holidays and going to the movies. Unbeknownst to many, she was a talented writer and fiber artist. As an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, she loved belonging to her Women of Faith group and watching the children share their unique expressions of God’s love.
Her gracious ways are just what the world needs, and because of that she has taken a piece of our hearts with her to Heaven but left a model for us to follow every day of our lives.
Sandy is survived by two loving daughters: Catherine Bretzel (Scott van den Berg) of Sterling, Va., and Andrea Spencer (Kevin) of Greensboro. She also leaves behind four adoring grandchildren (Aidan and Nate of Sterling, and McKenna and Kellen of Greensboro); four older siblings — Richard Shick of Mansfield, Pa. (Dorothy); Ocie Hoffman of Williamsport (William); Chet Shick of Williamsport (Sharon) and Shirley Snapp of Newark, Del. (Earle, deceased) — many friends, and her husband from 1969-1996, Glenn Crossley (Montgomery, Pa).
The family thanks the many care providers who fought alongside Sandy to keep her well. Information about a service to be held in late May at Grace Church is forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org or 877-272-6226 or to AuthoraCare Hospice Collective at www.authoracare.org or 336-621.2500.