Barbara Sando Ponder, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, July 29, 2012.
She was born in 1930, in Senath, Mo.. to Claud and Pearl Sando.
In 1948 she graduated from Cardwell High School. She married Herman Ponder, who was also a Cardwell graduate. In May of this year, they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They have two children, Mark and Teresa, who survive. Barbara is also survived by her husband, Herman, and a brother, Turrell Sando, of California.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Veronica, and a brother, Joe Mac Sando.
Barbara loved her life. Her laughter was infectious. She had many friends who loved her. She was a member of the Church of Christ, and remained a faithful Christian all her life. She loved her family, friends and Jesus. She was a good neighbor who lived by the Golden Rule.
She was an outstanding athlete who loved all sports, with tennis being her favorite. She never missed an opportunity to meet fellow players on the court for a friendly match. She lived life to the fullest.
In accordance with her wishes, Barbara's body will be donated to Medical Science. There will be no service at this time.