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Sandy Ovard

Sandy Ovard

Tuesday, December 22nd, 1942 - Sunday, October 18th, 2020
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On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Sandra Bridges Ovard, loving wife, mother, mia and third generation Hailey resident passed away at age 77. She was born in Hailey at her grandparent’s apartment above Dr. Wright’s office, currently Christopher and Co., December 22, 1942. Sandy, her mother Jane and brother and best friend Mike traveled from the east by rail coming home for visits with her grandparents Dutch and Garnett Rember. They came home to stay at the start of her 8th grade. She loved living in Hailey, and lived there all of her adult life. She was a proud graduate of Hailey High School.

On August 7, 1961, she married the love of her life David Ovard. They made their home in Hailey with their three children, Michele (Bernie) Johnson, David Jr. (Angie) and Angela (David) Larit. Her brother Tom Bridges and his wife Val were frequent visitors along with many members of the extended family.

She loved them all very much, but probably not as much as she loved her grandchildren, Alex Dunn, Sam Johnson, Madison (Jessica) Ovard, Crystal (Justin) Todd and Chante´ Dunn. But her great grandchildren, her “younger men,” were the light in her eyes, Wyatt, Waylon and Summit Dunn and Maximus Ovard. She would tell everyone she preferred spending time with younger men, and never clarified that they were her great grandchildren. This made her youngest daughter laugh, and her oldest daughter roll her eyes.

Atkinson’s and the post office were daily social hours where she laughed and visited with everyone there, especially the employees. She had worked at the Liberty theater, the Sage Shop, a women’s clothing store, and the Liquor Store. Welcoming customers and sharing special bonds, some good, some not so good, with each of them. You could see her and her best friend since 8th grade Betty Brooks walking the streets of Hailey in the evenings talking about the day, the sunset and who lived where.

When coming over Timmerman Hill she would exclaim she was entering God’s County.
Her family and friends were her life, and she loved them all very much praying for them every night. She spent her last day on earth with family and friends, either in person or on the phone, and died peacefully in her own home, on her own terms. When God called her home she was ready. Her Dave came to take her dancing endlessly at the celebration on the other side.

She will be missed by everyone who ever knew her. A celebration of life will be held in the spring, when we can all hug, laugh and tell stores of a life well lived. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Hunger Coalition or Hospice of the WR Valley.
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    Saturday, May 29th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, May 29th, 2021 1:00pm
    Hailey Cemetery
    541 E. Fox Acres Road
    HAILEY, ID 83333
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.

    On Saturday, May 29th at 1:00pm please join the family of Sandy Ovard for a Memorial at the Hailey Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life.

    Her life was a blessing, her memory a treasure and her sense of humor contagious. She was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.


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Betty (Sticha) Grant

Posted at 11:19pm
Sandy, I have a hard time realizing you are no longer on this earth. I have know you and David almost as long as I have lived here. You always were enthusiastic and an great member of our little St Charles church. We had more fun at the Basque dinners as well as our other get togethers. Our "In home Mass "was not only sharing The Lords Supper, but great social community.
We didn't do those things the last few years as protocol changed. I miss Davis Fix it van and cherish the memory of him putting my curtain rods up. I know he has been waiting for you in your heavenly home. You have left great family to carry on. Betty Grant

Cathy Venosdel

Posted at 02:33pm
Michele and family,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. It meant the world to me that you attended my dad's funeral, and I'm truly sorry I couldn't return the honor on your mom's passing. Sending my best your way.
Cathy (Eakin) Venosdel

Heidi Southward

Posted at 01:02pm
Heidi Southward

There are no words can say how grateful to have known Sandy and Dave. You were always such a pleasure to run into somewhere in town and catch up on things. You also were so sweet with Glen, always telling me to say hi to him and what a wonderful man he was. He felt the same about you. You will be truly missed in this town and in my life. I am just happy that you are with Dave now, for eternity.

Kim Jones

Posted at 10:22am
Mom, Randy, and I are so sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. She and Dave were such good friends to Mom and Dad. They were the ones Mom called that early, early morning when Dad passed unexpectedly, and they were there right away, supporting us all. They were true, blessed friends. We have such fond memories of Sandy's laugh, her sense of humor, and her smile. She was and will always remain a treasure in our hearts. We are sending you our love and prayers. -Kim Jones

Lois Gelskey Perry

Posted at 12:12pm
I feel so sad. I will forever miss my dear friend's annual catch-up birthday call. We have shared 60 years of friendship. You are forever in my heart. Thank you for being my friend!

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