Cassandra (Sandy) Mignon Whitledge, age 73, formerly of Jackson passed away November 27, 2016 at Diversified Health Care in Martin, Tennessee.

Cassandra Mignon LaPierre was born January 12, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, to Charles and Barbara (Unger) LaPierre.  She married Gary Whitledge on January 22, 1966; they were married for 43 years.

Gary survives, along with two brothers, Darryl (Judy) LaPierre of St. Marys, Kansas and Bruce (Susan) LaPierre of Jackson. She is survived by a daughter, Amy Gammon of Jackson; a son, Dr. Joshua (Allison) Whitledge of Martin; grandchildren, Austin Gammon of Martin, Sarah Gammon of Jackson, Reagan and Drew Whitledge, both of Martin; and many nieces and nephews. Cassandra intensely loved her family.

She graduated from Jackson High School in 1961 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1967.   One of her many proud accomplishments was teaching a self-contained classroom of third grade students at Fox School District in Arnold, Missouri.  This was an experience she enjoyed sharing with others for most of her life.   She abbreviated her teaching career to raise her family, but found time to substitute teach and tutor students in Arnold,  Phoenix, Arizona and Jackson, Missouri until health issues made it impossible for her to continue.

Besides her love for teaching and instruction, Sandy was creative and artistically talented. She found beauty in nature and utilized the flowers and plants in their natural state for decoration and accent.  Many wild plants, berries, nuts, and vines were subject to become a part of a beautiful display to be gifted to a friend, acquaintance, her children’s teacher, or for display in her own home.

While raising her children, she continued her artistry by restoring a turn of the 20th century rustic farm house.  She spent weekends completely renovating the house and turning it into what some called a “dollhouse.”  She enjoyed the whole process from hanging wall paper, laying flooring, rebuilding the fireplace, sewing pillows, to shopping for antique furniture and fixtures.  It was quite an undertaking, but she enjoyed every minute of it.  It was a marvelous show piece and was even published in the newspaper.
Sandy’s love and concern for animals and their care was as boundless as her creativity. She loved animals; especially dogs.  She lovingly rescued many shelter pets in her lifetime and supported the Humane Society through donations of money and of her time.

As many of those close to her will attest, Sandy was also a terrific baker and cook. Dinners at home always included all four food groups and a delicious dessert that she made from scratch. Sandy loved her family and friends dearly.   Those who were close to her were blessed to have known her.  Although she is greatly missed, it is very comforting to know she is healthy and rejoicing with her Heavenly Father.

Sandy will be remembered with visitation from 9-11 AM Saturday, December 3, 2016 at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  Funeral services officiated by Reverend Ken Harper will immediately follow, with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, National Institute of Mental Health, or Humane Society of Southeast Missouri are welcomed.

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  1. Ruth Ryan

    Sandy was a gift. She was smart, artistically talented (she did shabby chic before it had a name), had a distinctive laugh and a great wry sense of humor. She made you feel special. She cared about your happiness, but was never intrusive or judgmental. She was generous to a fault. She loved nature and animals. I have fond memories of our college roommate days, weekends at her folks (Kiki and Pots), delicious Sunday dinners, picnics at the farm and late summer drives on hot, dusty country roads searching for berries that this city girl had never heard of, but that Sandy and Kiki turned into scrumptious pies. I am comforted in knowing that she is with God, who she so loved. I love you and I will miss you until we meet again, dear friend. Syn

  2. Rob and Debra Borcherding

    Uncle Gary, Amy, and Josh:

    Please accept our sympathies and love as you mourn the passing of Aunt Sandy. The joy is knowing that she rests with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As we travel on this planet it really is just a practice ground for our next test, praising God for eternity. Aunt Sandy’s practice session is complete and she now has the privilege of serving our Creator.

    Our prayers are with you and may the Peace of Lord be with you.

  3. Susie O'Connell

    Bruce and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your sisters passing. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Kate Danforth

    Sandy was the best honorary Aunt. Some of my happiest childhood memories include her. She exemplified love and shared with me her love of family, nature, animals and cooking. I am sure she is re-decorating, planting and cooking a feast now. I know she is at peace, re-united with Kiki and Pots and acting as a vigilant Guardian Angel for all of those she loved.

  5. Jeannette Stone

    Praying for you – for comfort and good memories to always abide with you. She was such a loving person. Loved to be around her.

  6. David Lincoln

    Gary and family –
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. I have fond memories of Sandy from when we were next door neighbors.

  7. Shelley and Fred Brandenburg

    Shelley and Fred Brandenburg

    Dear Gary and family,

    We send you our deepest regards and our sympathy for the loss of dear Sandy. We noted that you celebrated your 50th anniversary last January, a real testimony of your love and committment. We also calculated that its probably been nearly that long since we, the Fords, and you two, palled around together in Jackson. We give thanks for those times and the happy memories recalled. Though we now live in Hermann, we still get the Jackson Cash Book Journal where we read the obituary. Please know our prayers are with you and yours at this sad time.

  8. Janie Brothers Emmert

    Dear Gary and family,

    I found out today about Sandy’s passing. I have such fond memories of her! Although losing her is hard, I know, it is comforting to know she is back with Snooky and Barbara. Prayers for comfort and peace for you all.

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