Sandra Kay was born September 23 1953 to Billy Kent and Dorothy Doherty in San Antonio, TX. When she was 5 years old the family moved to Hearne where she lived for the rest of her life. She grew up with her younger sister Kathy and brother Steve. At 10 years old Sandra gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized. She graduated Hearne High School in 1972 and went to work at Southwestern Bell.
While going through school she started her life-long habit of making friends. In particular, a group of girls that she went through school with. She never missed a chance to talk to or get together with them.
She married Roy Lake Crouch on June 22, 1974. They were overjoyed when their son Kent was born on December 7, 1981. As he was growing up she loved cheering Kent on at his basketball and baseball games and keeping the referees and umpires in line. Sandra was so proud when her son carried on the family tradition of military service in the United States Navy like his father and grandfather. She was one of the most patriotic people we knew and was so proud of our family history.
Roy was a volunteer fireman and Sandra was the president of the Women's Auxiliary for the Texas State Firemen's and Fire Marshals Association from 1997-98. Her years in the Women's Auxiliary were a time where her personality could really shine. She was the life of the party and made so many friends and connections that remain unbroken.
Sandra, or Aunt Samma, as her nephews and nieces called her was all about family. She loved a family reunion with both her Irwin and Doherty cousins and she always loved to be the center of the conversation. She was friendly and talkative and to be honest . . . loud. But she could strike up a conversation with anybody and somehow, was always able to figure out that she knew their cousin's, wife's sister and probably went to school with them. Her remarkable ability to make friends has been shown in these last few weeks by the fact that she had a visitor almost everyday while she was in the rehabilitation hospital. And we know she loved every visit.
Sandra loved to swim and teach swim lessons. She started teaching beginners when she was a teenager and when Kent was in High School, she ran the Hearne swimming pool where she could swim and socialize all summer long. Even after she stopped working at the pool she continued to teach private swim lessons to generations of Hearne kids.
One of the highlights of her life was when her grandchildren Teagan and Jorja were born. Like she always said, she "loved them to the moon and back" and was always so proud of them.
Sandra was preceded in death by her father Billy Kent Doherty and her husband Roy Lake Crouch.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Kent and Cheryl Crouch, her grandchildren Teagan and Jorja, her mother Dorothy Doherty, her sister and brother-in-law Kathy and Glenn Harris, her brother Steve Doherty and her nieces and nephews