One of the ways she helps is through Daughters of the King, an organization believing that prayer is essential, service is important and evangelism is necessary.
“Prayer takes a lot of time,” said Sandra. “We usually have a long prayer list.”
Through the Daughters of the King, of which Sandra is president, she worked with Jacksonville firefighters to collect and distribute food to those less fortunate during Christmas.
Sandra is also a member of the Episcopal Church Women who take it upon themselves to do a lot of voluntary work for the church, including preparing meals when there’s an event at the church. Something else the women do that Sandra thinks is extremely important is that they have fund raisers to help various charitable organizations in the community.
She is also active in Sunday school and Bible study at her church.
Sandra is also a member of the Aspiring Writers Club which meets twice a month at the city library.
“I like creative writing,” she said. “I don’t have anything published yet, but I’m still trying.”
She prefers to write children’s stories, but she also likes to write religious articles.
Sandra was born and grew in Pensacola, Fla., with one sibling, a brother, Andy Marshall, who lives in Pensacola. Their father worked on the naval base there and their mother taught elementary school.
After graduating from Pensacola High School, she attended Pensacola Junior College which is where she met Ron. Later they attended Florida State in Tallahassee. Sandra has a bachelor’s in home economics and a master’s in library science.
They married in 1966 and moved to Jacksonville in 1966 when Ron, with a PhD degree in his hand, was hired to teach in the history department at Jacksonville State University. After Ron retired from JSU, he went back to school to get a master’s in library science.
Before their twin daughters were born, Sandra worked in the library at JSU and was librarian at Randolph Park Elementary School in Anniston.
Their daughters are Margaret Mary Shatswell of Jacksonville and Elizabeth Ann Caldwell of Florence, S. C. Both are librarians.
The Caldwells have a granddaughter, Madison Shatswell of Paso Robles, Calif. Madison will be 10 in March. She visits several times a year.
“I had a very creative mother,” said Sandra. “She was always making things. She liked crafts and made a lot of jewelry. She sewed most of my clothes.”
As Sandra grew older, she began to sew and would make some of her own clothes.
“Later in life, I made just about all my clothes, the twins clothes, and Christmas presents,” she said. “But what I really liked was cooking. I would cook and let my mother sew. We both accomplished a lot with that arrangement.”
Though Sandra’s specialty is cookies, she makes a variety of dishes at home and for events at her church.
Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.