Sandra Kay (Newgent) Preuss, age 67, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away at Cox Health Center, Saturday morning, March 14, 2015. Sandra was born June 14, 1947, in Waycross, Georgia, daughter of Robert and Geneva (nee Wright) Newgent. While Sandra attended Mattoon (Illinois) High School she helped in the family owned shoe store. Later, as an adult, she attended the University of Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho.
Sandra married Dale Preuss on September 30, 1972. At the time, the couple lived in Champaign, Illinois. Thirty years later, Dale retired from teaching high school in Scappoose, Oregon, and in August of 2013, the couple moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri. There they began a small hobby-farm and postage-stamp orchard. Feeling blessed, the couple enjoyed each day of their new life.
Her blended family includes Dale Preuss Jr. and wife Tracy of Raymore, MO; Darren Preuss and wife Lisa, of Seattle, WA; Katherine Vinje and husband Scott of Eugene, OR; and daughter Shelli Preuss, living in Klamath Falls, OR. Sandra also had twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Sandra is survived by her husband Dale; all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters: Sue Broughton of Orlando, FL, Jeanie Daugherty of Florida, and Debbie of Mattoon, IL; and one brother, Michael, also of Mattoon.
Sandra was a member of the El Dorado Springs Church of the Nazarene where she was a former board member and partner in the Kennelworth Puppet Children’s Ministry.
She was a member of the Clinton and El Dorado Springs chapters of the Christian Motorcycle Association, El Dorado Springs Lions, and former member of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) in Hillsboro, Oregon. She competed as a drag racer during her youth and in SASS (Single Action Shooters Society) more recently. She enjoyed recreational gold prospecting, was an avid rose grower, and adored the color pink—to the extent of having her Smith and Wesson pistol colored pink.
True to her loving and giving nature, Sandra’s last wish was to be an anonymous tissue and organ donor—giving hope and help to someone that she would never meet, yet where they might enjoy her ongoing love and charity.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.