Tahlequah Daily Press


April 26, 2012


WELLING — Graveside services for Capt. Sandra Colleen Ketcher will be Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m., at Manus Cemetery, with Father Jeff Polasek officiating.

Visitation for Sandra will be Thursday, April 26, from noon until 8 p.m. Services are under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Sandra Colleen Ketcher was born on Sept. 20, 1949, in Poteau, the daughter of Noel and Agnes Clark (Cowen). Sandra and her sister, Enid, grew up around the Red Oak and Tahlequah area. The family never had extensive wealth, but were long on love and laughter.

Growing up, Sandra was given the nickname “Dink,” due to her small stature, a nickname that stuck with her for life. What she lacked in size, she more than made up for in her personality. Sandra was smart, possessed a quick wit, and was fun loving. She worked long and hard to obtain her master’s degree in social work. She served the U.S. government as a lieutenant colonel as a health services director of social services, a job she loved.

When Sandra wasn’t working, she shared her life with her son, Ave, and two beloved canine companions, Khoe and Taz. Sandra was a woman of many talents. She was a gifted gardener, and created a beautiful yard complete with peonies, irises, evergreens and fruit trees. She was a talented bonsai artist and had a lifelong love of her trees. She worked in stained glass, and was an accomplished seamstress who never needed a pattern to sew an outfit or draperies.

She and Ave loved to spend time in the kitchen creating wonderful dishes to share with family and friends. Considering her love of adventure, she loved to travel and spent time in Idaho, Washington and Arizona, but her heart was always at home in Welling. Most everyone who knew Sandra knew she had a superb sense of style and sophistication; she was classy as a matter of point, but never forgot that she came from humble beginnings. She could spot a bargain a mile away.

Sandra was quick to let you know when you crossed the boundary, and even quicker to forgive.

A Roman Catholic by faith, Sandra was called home to her Lord and savior on April 23, 2012, at her home in Welling, with her family at her side. She was 62 years old.

Sandra will be greatly missed for her love of life, her beautiful smile and the joy she brought into the lives she has touched over the years.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father; brother, John Clark of Tahlequah; and her son, Ave Ketcher, who passed away in 2012.

Sandra is survived by her sister, Enid Strain and husband Joe, of Tulsa; brother, Colin Clark and wife Marie, of Gore; nieces, Amanda Strain and Agnes McGee; nephew, Buck Clark; and cousins, Ruby Wells, Arthur Wells and Curtis Dirteater; as well as a host of friends and loved ones.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.

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