Sandra Ann Smith Greene, age 77, of Fort White, Florida, formerly of Lake Asbury, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Lake City Medical Center. Born August 24, 1944, in Gainesville, she grew up with an affinity for music, later receiving vocal training and singing in a number of solo and ensemble performances and stage musicals at Gainesville High School and the University of Florida.
A compassionate and generous soul, Sandra could fall naturally and easily into conversation with anyone, even a perfect stranger. This empathy would lead to a lifelong passion for helping others, ultimately leading to a career in records keeping and the intake of patients at the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, from which she retired in 2012. Sandra relished new experiences and especially loved traveling around the country and internationally with her daughter, Kat. After retiring and moving to Fort White with her family in 2015, she continued to help her others through medical woes and personal tribulations, while seizing every opportunity to enjoy life, have fun and try new things. Her love of music endured, and she enjoyed attending musicals and concerts, and you could often find her singing and dancing along with her favorite songs, anything from country Garth Brooks to heavy metal Ghost. She was looking forward to her GHS class of 1962 reunion and potentially surprising everyone with pink hair. She truly was a special individual who blessed all who knew her.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Smith and Helyn Buffington Thomas, and more recently by her husband of 40 years, Joel A. Greene, in November 2021. She is survived by her brother, Jerry Smith (Kim) of Jacksonville, brother-in-law Pete Greene (Charlotte) of Melrose, and her beloved daughter Kathryn Lenore Greene, of whom she was so proud. She also leaves behind her special people, Juanita and Mitt Bradley, Reta and Lee Pearl, numerous cherished cousins and extended family, and a lifetime’s worth of friends and former coworkers who all mourn her passing.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., in the Milam Gainesville Chapel, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, 32601, with inurnment to follow at Barnes Cemetery, 1655 S.W. 87th Pl., Ocala, 34476.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in her name to her favorite charity, Operation Smile (https://www.operationsmile.org/) or any charity of your choosing. Guests are encouraged to leave their messages of condolences on Milam’s website guestbook.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, Florida, 32601. (352) 376-5361