Sandra Anne Jones passed away on Thursday, February 6th at the age of 76. She was the beloved only child of Jesse Charles Jones and Juanita Badeaux Jones. Sandra was a lively and dynamic person who brought light and positivity to the lives of all who knew her. She is survived by her two children, Drew C. Porche (Christine) and Denise P. Hopkins (Brad), her grandchildren, Meredith E. Rivas, Rebecca P. Kollatt (Frank), Anne R. Tornabene, and Drew C. Porche, Jr., and her great-grandchildren Luke R. Tornabene, Cooper F. Kollatt, and Cohen J. Kollatt. Sandra will be remembered for her fighting spirit and strong determination to live a long and vivacious life. Although she faced many challenges that would have caused others to give up, Sandra never let her circumstances define her.
Sandra was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Mercy High School. She was a lifelong member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and served as its President from 2000 to 2001. Sandra’s professional life was spent as a secretary in the medical field. Before her retirement, she made the bold move to Knoxville, Tennessee. This was a shining example of her adventurous and pioneering spirit.
Sandra had many hobbies and interests throughout her life. Anyone who knew her will remember her love of sports, especially the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. She loved playing bingo, pokeno, and other card games with friends, especially the dear friends she made during her final years at Metairie Manor. Her greatest love in her final years of life was her great grandson, Luke. Nana and Luke spent many hours together and had a very sweet and special relationship. He was certainly the light of her life.
It is only fitting that Sandra passed away during Mardi Gras, as this was her favorite holiday. Her memory will go on in the minds and hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Just like the century-old traditions of the parades down Saint Charles, the memory of Sandra will remain a staple to the city and family she loved.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Sandra’s caregivers Sue Curole, Antoinette Franklin, Barbara Wilkinson and her favorite doctor, Dr. Harry Roach.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Monday, February 17, 2020 starting at 9:00 am with a funeral mass beginning at 11:00 am at Garden of Memories Funeral Home 4900 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 70001. An inurnment will be held at a later date.