Sandra Varie Moody, 80, of Van Buren, formerly of Danville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at a local hospital. She was born April 27, 1937 , in Nevada, Mo. Her parents were Mary Reba Finamore Boyd and Everett Leon Boyd. She was the oldest of four girls - Nancy Mahler of Kansas City, Kan., Susie Hysom of Rich Hill, Mo., and Glenna Lashbrook of Kansas City, Mo. She went to high school in Kansas City, Mo., and college at University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She was a dietician for Danville Public Schools and retired as cafeteria manager. She was a Baptist and belonged to North Park Baptist Van Buren. She married her husband of 61 years, Joy Don Moody, on Aug. 30, 1956. She was preceded in death by her parents.

They had two children, Billy Leon Moody and Sondra Lee Moody Friend. Billy and daughter-in-law Charlotte are from Joplin, Mo., and Sondra and son-in-law Randy Friend are from Fort Smith. She also is survived by one grandson, Ky Gavin Moody and wife Staci from Kansas City, Mo.; one granddaughter Abby Nichole Moody from Fayetteville; and two stepgrandchild.

She moved to Van Buren in 2001 to be closer to her kids. She fought lung cancer and her love for her family kept her going. She often said she was blessed to have family and friends like she has; to know her was to love her. She will be missed.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Gracelawn Cemetery Arbor under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.