Sandy Bainbridge Rawson, 70, of Wintersville, OH, passed away after a long and courageous struggle with kidney disease on October 4, 2017, while in the Valley Hospice Unit of Trinity Medical Center West.
Sandy was a 1965 graduate of Weir High in Weirton, WV, and a 1968 graduate of the Ohio Valley School of Nursing.
A lifelong caregiver and consummate medical professional, she had a very fulfilling career as a nurse and medical administrator for numerous health care organizations within the Ohio Valley.
Starting out with Ohio Valley Hospital and then moving on to St John’s, she spent over 30 years in the direct care of patients in many of the hospital’s units.
Later in her career she became the Director of Quality Assurance for St. John’s before moving on to develop and manage a federally funded breast and cervical cancer research program that offered assistance to women throughout five counties in east central Ohio.
From the grant program she went on to be the Director of Health Services for Coventry Health Care.
In 2009, she retired as the Assistant Director of Nursing for Dixon Health care.
Whether she was providing direct clinical patient care or teaching and managing others who were doing so, she spent over 41 years in the service of providing health care to her neighbors here in the Ohio Valley.
Sandy loved to travel, entertain, and was a devoted member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Wintersville.
As a member of the church she was involved in the RCIA program and served as a eucharistic minister with her husband, Stan.
Sandy is preceded in death by her mother and father, Henry and Mary Bainbridge of Weirton, WV; and her husband, Stan Rawson of Wintersville, OH.
She is survived by her son, Jeff (Amy) Rawson and her granddaughter, Kamryn, of Delaware, OH; her daughter, Heather (Jerry) Shanley and her grandchildren, Cody, Zachary and Savannah of Wintersville, OH; her brothers, James “Butch” (Marie) Bainbridge of Largo, FL, and William (Pamela) Bainbridge of Clinton, PA; and her sisters, Mary Ann Bainbridge of Weirton, WV, Margaret “Peggy” (Greg) Blankenship of Weirton, WV, and Kathy (Mike) Kyer of Dayton, OH; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Rd., Wintersville, OH, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at 10 a.m. with Msgr. Kurt Kemo officiating.
Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Vigil services at 1p.m. Sunday.
Offer condolences at www.shorac.com.