Sandra K. Garver, 67, Iola, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at her home after losing her battle with cancer.
Sandra was the first of three children born to Wayne E. and Oleata (Roberts) Hiser. She was born on May 1, 1950, in Iola. Growing up, Sandy worked as a bookkeeper at the family business, Hiser Implement. She graduated from Iola High School and attended Allen County Community College.
She married Steven L. Garver on Aug. 17, 1968. Their union was blessed with three children, Vicki, Michael and David. They made their first home in Shawnee Mission, while Steve attended computer programming school, after which he joined the Air Force. They lived in Japan from 1969 to 1972. They returned to Iola from Japan where Sandy was a licensed daycare provider from her home and later as supervisor of the Allen County Community College Daycare. After seven and a half years, the day care phased out and Sandy taught ceramics from her home for several years. She participated in craft shows and later opened a store selling her ceramic items.
Sandy and Steve then started and ran Iola Computer Products and Iola Graphics for several years. They then co-ran the Super 8 Motel in Iola for five years until retiring. Sandy participated in volunteer work at her church, caretaker for her parents, and worked at the Senior Thrift Center. Sandy and Steve opened their home to a foreign exchange student for one year.
Sandy was preceded in death by her son, David A. Garver, on Feb. 9, 2013; her father, Wayne Hiser; grandparents, George and Florence Hiser and Joshua and Ollie Roberts; and sister, Debra Hiser.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Steven; son, Mike Garver; daughter, Vicki Smith and husband Dewayne; three grandchildren, Benjamin Smith, Dalton Garver and Kristin Garver; one great-grandson, Lincoln Smith; mother, Oleata Hiser; sister, Diana Miller and husband Allen; father-in-law Robert Garver; and sisters-in-law, Susan Garver, Sandy Garver-Ryman and husband Russell and Tammy Call.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, 1883 U.S. 54, Iola. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, Iola. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Bible Fellowship Church and may be left with the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.
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