Mary Sandra Baum, 81, pioneered several community projects

Mary Sandra Baum
Mary Sandra Baum

Blackwater has lost one of its finest, Mary Sandra Baum, 81, born Sept. 1, 1937, passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Sandra was a true Southern Belle, born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama. Her beautiful smile was contagious. Her strong spirit kept us together through thick and thin. Sandy served her country as a Navy spouse and served her city of Virginia Beach as the devoted wife of local farmer and 28-year city council member, John Alison Baum. Together, they were pioneers in many projects, including agricultural preservation and the creation of the amphitheater.

Sandy also enjoyed a 23-year career with the Bank of America. Most of all, she loved the farm life; a mother to all humming birds and nature’s other wonders.

Sandy cherished her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: daughter, Kim E. Miller, and her husband, Eldon L. Miller III of Moyock; son, David K. Epley, and his wife, Luann, of Virginia Beach; grandson, Matthew Miller, and his wife, Christina Cartwright of Raleigh; grandson, Stephen Miller, and his wife, Michelle Moody of Shalimar, Florida; granddaughters, Elizabeth and Carolina Epley of Virginia Beach; and great-grandchildren, Henry, Elliot and Rylee.

Sandra was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Baum; and parents, Carl and Jane Griffith of Rainbow City, Alabama.

We would like to thank her many friends and caregivers for the support they provided.

Please join us for a service at 2:30 p.m., Friday, June 14, at Blackwater Baptist Church Cemetery, where we will celebrate her wonderful life. The family will receive family and friends at her residence following the service.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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