In Memory

Sandy White (Prichard)

From Sue Cowsert:

It's with a heavy heart that I share the news of my BFF of 56 years, Sandy White Prichard's passing on March 29. There truly are no words  to describe what a gift her friendship has meant to me and I will forever treasure all the crazy and amazing things we did over the years together.  Photo of dear friends Bryn Rutherford Davis, Kristen Angrist Balderson and Sandy last summer at our annual week at Kristen's family cottage in Holland, MI. And, sunset at Camp Van Vac in Ely, MN one of Sandy;'s favorite places on earth. Her husband, Lee, is planning a Memorial/Celebration of Sandy's life for later this summer or fall; need to see where we all are at then with COVID-19. Donations in her name can be made at RIP my beautiful, gifted, wicked smart, thoughtful, kind and loving friend, Sandy.  And thank you for sharing your light in the world these past 62 years.


This is the full content of Sandy's Obituary:

WEST CHICAGO - Sandra White Prichard, 62, passed away March 29th, 2020. Born December 26, 1957 in Mount Vernon, IL, Sandy grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL, graduated from Glenbard West High School '76, University of Illinois '79, and George Williams College '85 with a MS in Counseling Psychology. She was president of her high school class and college sorority Alpha Omicron Pi. She was instrumental in developing and writing standards and testing protocols for professional counselor licensure in the state of Illinois. She worked as a counselor at the YWCA of Glen Ellyn and was Clinical Director of Counseling Services at Family Shelter Service of Wheaton. Throughout her lifetime she maintained a private practice focusing on adult and child victims of domestic violence. A natural listener, she helped and supported family and friends throughout her life. An 8 week camping trip to Europe in 1986 spurred a lifetime interest in photography and travel. She enjoyed camping, canoeing, kayaking, biking and walking the beach with her husband and dog. An avid cook, she was always chef for whatever group was gathering, hosting many years of large family Thanksgivings. Married to her college sweetheart Lee for 39 years, she is survived by her mother Susan (Rogers) Potel, mother-in-law Diane Prichard, brother Bradford White, stepbrother Mike (Cathy) Potel, uncles Bo (Christine) White and Bill (Janet) Rogers. Devoted cousin to Michael (Rachel), Jenna, Cal (Amy), Dan (Lindsey) and Emily (Bill). Loving sister-in-law to Lynn (John), Gary (Anne) and Jay (Mychelle). Beloved aunt to Kevin, Lauren (Heath), Nick, Hannah, Claire, Caroline, Mackenzie and Bailey. Preceded in death by her father Ron (Betty) White, stepfather John Potel and father-in-law Don Prichard. A memorial celebration of her life will be held later this summer. Donations in her name can be made at


Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 25, 2020

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05/29/20 09:44 AM #1    

Tom Lannin (Lannin)

I remember Sandy well because she was the first girl I ever really dated (junior high).  She was one of the smartest, funniest, and nicest girls I ever met and emotionally and intellectually mature for her age.  I moved away from Glen Ellyn when I was 17 and didn't see her again until GB's 40th Reunion, but there she was with the same enthusiasm, curiosity, and sensitivity characterizing her youth.  She was an inspiration to many and led an altruistic, admirable life. We will all miss her.

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