Sandra Mae Burnett Asbury was born in Ogden, UT on November 17, 1953 to LeRoy Earl and Maurine Peterson Burnett. She was the fourth of six children to bless the Burnett household.
Sandra’s father worked for the Utah Power And Light Company. In 1959, he was transferred to Bluff, UT to employ his skills at electrifying the Navajo reservation.
Sandra went to elementary school in Bluff, and it was in second grade that Wayne Asbury fell in love with her.
When Sandra’s father was killed while installing power to the Recapture sawmill in 1961, Sandra’s mother moved the family back and forth from Bluff and Ogden.
Sandra and Wayne’s romance would take many turns and detours along the way. They would eventually marry on August 8, 1972.
They were graced with three children: Billina, Jay, and Mitchell; five grandchildren: Joe, Mykell, Logan, Lacey, and Lynnzee; and a great-grandchild: Makaibree.
Sandra graduated from San Juan High School in 1972. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in education from Weber State on June 4, 1982 and an honorary Doctorate degree in Human Letters from CEU on April 30, 2010.
Sandra worked as a waitress and short-order cook at The Turquoise Café and as a maid at The Recapture Lodge in Bluff, as a worker at the San Juan Nursing Home, as a long-haul truck driver teamed with Wayne, a Special Ed teacher and in-custody at-risk youth advisor for the San Juan School District, and finally, she would open her own business at Transitions, where she enabled many people with their own unique abilities.
Sandra worked as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with San Juan Ambulance for many years, becoming an intermediate EMT and trainer. She was also the county’s Emergency Critical Care Responder for 12 years.
Oftentimes, day or night, the siren on the car issued to Sandra could be heard screaming out of town to render vital aid to an injured or seriously ill person.
In addition to all these tasks, Sandra opened food banks in most of our remote communities, operated a laundromat for the income to assist her special needs programs, a used book store, a scrapbook store and an antiques store.
She never turned anyone away who needed help. Bishops often turned to her for help for a battered woman or indigent travelers.
Sandra was diagnosed with cancer on March 11 of this year. She fought bravely and diligently to stay with her husband, her own children, and her “kids” at Transitions.
She was surrounded by her loving family on the night of June 4 when her Heavenly Father called her home.
Sandra is survived by Wayne, all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, and four of her siblings, having lost her baby sister, Rayleen in 2012.
She will be sorely missed not only by her family and close friends, but by the community to which she gave so much.
Card of thanks
The family of Sandra Asbury would like to express their appreciation to all those who have been and who continue to be thoughtful to Sandra and to Sandra’s family during this trial. Your care has made a world of difference.