Lillian Sands, Age :94
Mar 14,1926---Jul 08,2020

Lillian Sands, nee Abrami, 94, of Lenexa, Kansas, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Santa Marta Senior Living of Olathe, surrounded by family. Visitation will be from 12-1:00 PM Wednesday, July 15, at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. The family suggests in leiu of flowers memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association or World Kitchen.          

Lillian was born on March 14, 1926 in Algiers, Algeria on the Mediterranean Sea. While working in the PX of the US Military base there, she met Richard Earl “Sandy” Sands, a young soldier stationed there. They wed in October of 1945. Following the war, with $3 in her pocket, she traveled alone to the United States to reunite with Earl in Kansas City, KS, where they happily lived for 59 years. Lillian enjoyed working in retail, notably at Harzfeld’s and Helzberg’s, before moving to and retiring from the VA after more than 20 years of government service. In her retirement, she returned to retail, working at Saks Fifth Avenue, Jacobson’s and Hall’s before finally retiring for good in 2009. Along with her love of working retail, she enjoyed traveling to France to spend time with her mother, many siblings, nieces and nephews there, mainly in the town of Avon near the Forest of Fontainbleau. She spent her final years enjoying her grandchildren, meeting her great-grandchildren, and fondly remembering her youth in Algiers. She was preceded in death by her husband Earl, daughter Michelle, her parents, siblings and nephew. She is survived by her daughters, Linda and Mary Beth, both of Lenexa, two grandchildren, Emily Smith, of Overland Park, KS, and Griffin Middendorf, of Gardner, KS, three great-grandchildren, a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, neighbors and friends, all of whom she loved deeply. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Her family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the Staff of Santa Marta Health Plaza and Crossroads Hospice for the care and compassion they showed Lillian in her final years, days and hours.


Sarah Foley Jul 10 ,2020

Family friend ,Lakewood

Sending lots of love to the Sands family from Colorado. I will always remember Tiger Lil’s impeccable style. We will be thinking of you all and holding you in our hearts. Much love, Sarah & Ryan Foley

Jim and Linda Jackson Jul 10 ,2020

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Our sincere condolences to your family. We only knew Lillian from the stories her granddaughter Emily told. She was a loving mother and grandmother and was much loved in return. Our hearts go out to Emily , Linda and Mary Beth and the whole family. God bless Lillian

Aldre Hotujac Jul 11 ,2020

Friend ,Troy ,Michigan

Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was so good to all of your friends. I know you will miss her. Big faraway hugs. Love Aldre

Sheryl Jones and Gary Zahorsky Jul 11 ,2020

Friend of Linda Sands ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Linda, I was so sorry to hear about your dear Mother’s passing. She lived an incredible life. I am praying for comfort and peace for the whole family.

Sheryl Kennard Jul 12 ,2020

Friend ,Basehor ,Kansas

I will always remember Lil for her distinctive style and her beautiful eyes. She loved her girls tremendously! May she rest in peace after a life well lived. Peace to you all, Sherry Kennard

Penelope Smith Jul 12 ,2020

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May you find comfort in knowing how she touched many lives. Anna had the pleasure of working with her and always remarked of her grace. In our prayers. Penny Anne and Anna

Linda Kaczorowski Jul 18 ,2020

Friend ,San Leandro ,California

My dear friends, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. I will remember her lovingly beauty inside and out. I loved her very much. She was always there if anyone needed her. Our time at DelMar Gardens was as close as friends can get. We were family! All of us! Heaven has another beautiful Angel! Love, Linda

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