Sandra (Cooper) Angell, affectionately known as Sandy, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at the age of 69. Sandy, who was a resident of Highland Park, was born October 2, 1953, to Esther and Melvin Cooper. A native of Pittsburgh, PA (Homewood), Sandy attended grade school at Crescent Elementary, and was a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, receiving her diploma in 1971. Sandy then went on to pursue additional education, earning a degree in nursing. It was with this degree that she was able to combine her career and passion for servant leadership while working as a visiting nurse for the next several years. She then went on to work for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, where she remained employed until her retirement in 2009. Sandy did not stay retired for long, however, as she then took the opportunity to pursue another passion of hers, and that was her love for animals. It was shortly after retirement that Sandy went on to attend Sanford Brown Institute, where she served on the board and ultimately earned a degree as a Veterinary Technician. In addition to her role as a Vet Tech, Sandy worked for Rita’s Italian Ice (Children’s Hospital & Oakland, PA). In this role, she was again able to capitalize on her passion to “serve,” creating and maintaining relationships with co-workers, children, and their families until God called her home. A dedicated servant and true follower of our Lord and Savior, Sandy believed it was her duty to help those in need and give back to the community she served. As an active member of her church (Bethany Baptist Church), she served as head chef in the church’s Master’s Kitchen, as well as dedicated her time to various ministries and initiatives such as Heavenly Hands Def Ministry and the Shaw project. In her spare time, you could find Sandy crocheting items such as blankets, scarves, and hats for family, friends, and those less fortunate. As a two-time Breast Cancer Survivor, Sandy made sure to make annual donations to the Hillman Cancer Center to give another survivor the opportunity to ring the bell like she once did. She was preceded in death by her parents Esther and Melvin Cooper, along with her beloved grandparents. Sandy is survived by her beloved husband George Angell; devoted daughter B’Nai Thomas; stepdaughters Rachel (Kourtney) and Regina Angell; treasured grandsons Amir and Makai Thomas-Luster, and Theopolis Yarbrough; loving brother Kevin Cooper and loyal sister and friend Naomi Barnes and Sabrina Tansmore; along with several other sister and brother-in-laws; nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, and countless other loving relatives and friends. Loving family and friends can still hear that sweet voice with that beautiful smile saying, “Hi Little Girl/Boy…” “A wife, a mother, a grandma too, this is the legacy we have from you.” “Well done faithful servant, job well done…”
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