Sandra ‘Bunny’ Leigh Daniels, 70, created lifelong friendships while growing up at ‘the lake’

Sandra 'Bunny' Leigh Daniels
Sandra ‘Bunny’ Leigh Daniels

Sandra “Bunny” Leigh Daniels, 70, of Virginia Beach, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Virginia Beach.

She was born Nov. 2, 1947, in Petersburg, Va., the daughter of Harvey Leigh and Foris Winfield.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Philip Daniels. They just celebrated 26 wonderful years of marriage. She was preceded in death by her son, Craig. She is survived by her son, Aaron Harding, and his wife, Jennifer; granddaughter, Teagan; stepdaughters, Shawna Daniels and Kendall Braswell; and grandchildren, Rosemary, Caleb, Austin, Aleigha and Brendan.

Sandra grew up in Colonial Heights, Va. She enjoyed a great childhood growing up by “the lake,” as she would call it, where she created lifelong friendships. She was known as Bunny, a nickname that was given to her by her father at an early age. She was a majorette throughout high school. She also was an exceptional dancer and ballerina. She loved fashion, taken after her mother, and would always dress in the latest trends and designs.

She was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to the races with her husband. She loved animals, especially dogs, and leaves behind her beloved dachshund, Scarlett, and miniature schnauzer, Junior. One of her favorite things in life was singing along to Tina Turner and Elvis Presley.

Sandra finished business college and got her first job working at the Pentagon. She worked in civil service 30 years, retiring as a computer systems analyst for Naval Intelligence. After retiring, her passion was volunteering with local charities and helping elderly people with no families.

Bunny was a loving person and made everyone smile. She adored all her children and grandchildren and was an integral part in their lives. Her family looked to her as a beacon of love and compassion. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life.

The family will greet friends to celebrate her life from 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, 1485 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, at the funeral home chapel. Burial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Miners Road, Suffolk.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CHKD.

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