Sandra Jean Whitworth

November 8, 1940 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old


Sandi was born in Loraine, Texas to Odis Neal and Lola Estelle Hardin. Before starting school, her family moved to Andrews, Texas where she was born again, accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior at age 13 on Easter Sunday morning. Sandi grew up as an athletic child. She excelled in nearly every endeavor, especially tennis where she played doubles, coming in second in the state finals her senior year. As a devoted Andrews Mustang, Sandi was Drum Major of the band and led them in the Cotton Bowl parade. She won district in typing and shorthand while being a class officer and secretary in the National Honor Society. Sandi was active in the local Baptist church. It was there, and in school, that she met her beloved husband, Gordon Whitworth.

They were married in 1959 when she was 18 and moved to Abilene. She put her skills to work as a legal secretary, helping Gordon through Hardin-Simmons University.  Following his graduation and commission as an officer in the US Army, they moved to Fort Hood, Texas. Later, they moved back to Andrews, then Odessa and finally to Houston in 1971. Sandi and Gordon raised three precious children.

After moving to Houston, Sandi continued to play tennis with the HLTA, sewed quilts, and became a leader in Bible Study Fellowship. Sandi and Gordon were always active in a local Baptist church, most recently members of Tallowood Baptist for over 27 years. Sandi taught and directed Sunday School classes and departments, sang in the choir, and volunteered as a nursery worker, evangelist, and missionary coordinator. She made many dear friends and her close friends, particularly the “Gang”, gave her the nickname Field Marshal. Through the years, Sandi went with Gordon on many adventures. From floating in New Braunfels to skiing in Colorado, they traveled and cruised from coast to coast and around the world, visiting at least 19 countries.

Sandi worked for the Memorial Hermann Chaplaincy program as administrative assistant to the director and “mother” to many clergy from 1986 to 2000. She was able to use her organizational and mentoring skills and this position was undoubtedly one of her most joyous achievements and blessings.

Sandi loved her family and loved them well. She was always eager and willing to help with her grandchildren. She devoted time taking care of her mother and sister as they aged and faced health issues. Sandi was proactive in addressing her own memory issues and began treatment almost 20 years ago. We are grateful for the memory care staff at Brookdale Willowbrook and Village on the Park Steeplechase, who have helped care for Sandi since 2021.

Sandi is preceded in death by her parents Odis Hardin and Lola Hardin Nix, and sister Janette Johnson. She is survived by her devoted husband of over 64 years, Gordon, daughter Kathy Rhoden (Mike), son Greg Whitworth, and daughter Serena Pigue (Jay), her ten grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. They are Madeline Moulton (Kenny), Alex Rhoden (Maddie), Will Rhoden, Zach Whitworth (Lexie and daughter Lottie), Jake Whitworth (Madison), Caleb Whitworth, Addie Burgess (Van), Emma Pakrasi (Ishaan), Arden Davis and Ellie Davis. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A family visitation will be held from  6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home, 9926 Jones Road. A Celebration of Sandi’s life will be Saturday, March 16, 2024 at Tallowood Baptist Church chapel, 555 Tallowood Drive at 11 am.

The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to either Tallowood Baptist Church missions ( or to the Alzheimer’s Association (

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February 27, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home
9926 Jones Road
Houston, TX 77065

Celebration of Life
March 16, 2024

11:00 AM
Tallowood Baptist Church
555 Tallowood Road
Houston, TX 77024

Private Interment

Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77038


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