Palistine Sand

April 21, 1952 ‒ April 12, 2008

Marion, Ohio

Palistine “Pal” Sand, age 55, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Saturday afternoon, April 12, 2008, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus following a brief illness.

She was born in Martin, Kentucky, on April 21, 1952, the daughter of the late Berlin and Lula (Keens) Tuttle. She graduated from Buckeye Central High School in New Washington, Ohio.

On March 10, 1977, Pal married her loving husband of over thirty one years, Michael Sand. In 1984, they moved to Marion for his work, where he survives. Together they enjoyed weekend trips to their summer home at Lake Erie, where they would boat and fish. Also, they loved to go out to eat with their best friends Cindy and Sunny whose sense of humor has gotten them into a few unique situations.

A woman of deep faith, Pal was a member of the Kirkpatrick Church of Christ, where she taught Vacation Bible School, attended Sunday evening Bible Study, and helped with the food pantry.

Having invited over thirty foster children into her home, it was obvious that “she was happiest in life, when she was surrounded by children.” For those children, she was proud to provide them with a safe home and taught them lessons on life. Being a mother was truly her calling and she gave love and care to everyone unconditionally.

For several years, Pal worked for a produce farm in Celeryville where she would transplant and harvest their produce.

With a knack for sewing, Pal made countless prom and wedding dresses, pageant gowns, quilts, curtains, and anything else you can think of. She also enjoyed making wicker baskets and tending to the red roses in her flower garden.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, Mike; two sons: Berlin L. (Kristina) Stephens, and Frank Edward Stephens; a daughter, Elizabeth P.A. (Benjamin) McGuire, all of Marion; seven grandchildren: Adam Acord, Rochelle N. Stephens, Kevin M.B. Stephens, Seth R. Acord, Savannah M. Stephens, Timothy M. and Bailey A. McGuire; a great-grandson, Alex M. Acord; five brothers and two sisters; and many grateful foster children.

Including her parents, Pal was preceded in death by two brothers.

Her family will greet friends on Wednesday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with Minister Don Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kirkpatrick Church of Christ, 5154 Columbus Sandusky Rd. N., Marion, Ohio 43302.

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