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Sandra Sue Williams McCarthy

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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019 12:44 pm

Sandra was born on Knotts Island, North Carolina to a Coast Guard Officer Wilton H. Williams and a Virginia lady Lucille Sue Bonney. Sandra grew up by the ocean and it continued to play a big role throughout her life.

In 1938 she was in the Great Hurricane off of Long Island. Swept out to sea as a three-year old girl, she remembered her father’s teaching to relax when scared. She did and miraculously stayed afloat in the ocean until rescued by the Coast Guard. That event did not diminish her love of the ocean and she spent her formative years racing sailboats off the coast of Long Island.

She then went to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she majored in English and History. Soon thereafter Sandra began her teaching career in Oceania Virginia. There she met and married a naval officer, Paul F. McCarthy, and began her life as a trailing spouse and adventure seeker. Following her husband from country to country, port to port, Sandra always loved to explore her new home, learn about local traditions, and embrace friends, new and old.

Sandra was imbued with a love of learning and fun. She was always reading a book, the stories giving her imagination free rein. Once she would learn of the new places and things, it wasn’t long before she was making a plan to get to those places and experience what she had read. Along the way, she always made new friends and ensured her children were having fun.

While she was known for her physical beauty, her intelligence, sense of fun and depth of love made her the most beautiful. Her highest compliment was that someone was both interested and interesting. Sandra lived her life embodying that compliment and added a huge heart and dash of fun.

She leaves to celebrate her life, her son Paul F. McCarthy III of Vista, California, daughter, Stacy of Singapore; daughter in law Rita, three grandchildren, cousins and friends whom she dearly loved. A beach party celebration is planned for later in March. In lieu of flowers, kiss a loved one, be kind to a stranger and live your life’s wildest dreams. She certainly did.