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Sandra Kay Stewart-Miller

Sandra Kay Stewart-Miller


Sandra Kay Stewart-Miller, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away on May 1, 2024, at her home in north DeLand. She was born in Uniontown, PA, to Mildred and Whitford Nycum. Sandra's life was a testament to love, faith, and compassion.


Sandy's most cherished accomplishment was her son, Donald B. Dempsey, Jr. She adored Donald and moved to Florida from Pennsylvania in the 90s to be near him and her grandson, Michael. A devout follower of Jesus, Sandra found immense joy in sharing the gospel with others. She had a deep love for animals, especially her precious cats Walter and Rusty. She was preceded in death by her husband Emery Stewart in 2019 and found love again with long-time friend Thomas Miller.


In addition to her husband, Sandra is survived by her son Donald Dempsey, Jr., daughter-in-law Angela Dempsey, grandchildren Michael (Lauren), Grayson, and Elizabeth Dempsey, siblings Shirley Arlene Storch, Bill Nycum, and Kenneth Nycum, and great grandchild Isla, step-children Nancy, Robbie, and Rickey Stewart, and niece, Susan Bealko and nephew, Andy Bealko.

She is also preceded in death by her brother, George Nycum and niece, Melanie Nycum.


Sandra's favorite activities included sharing the gospel, rescuing stray animals, and proudly boasting about her son and daughter-in-law to anyone who would listen. Her warm spirit and love for life touched the hearts of all who knew her. Her favorite phrase, "It's a child, not a choice," exemplified her unwavering belief in the sanctity of life.


She was a staunch advocate for Grace House in DeLand and the impactful work they do in the community.


A memorial service to celebrate Sandra's life will be held at Alliance Chapel, 600 S Florida Ave, DeLand, FL, on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at 2 pm, with burial to follow at Oakdale Cemetery in DeLand, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Coastal Choices Women's Clinic in memory of Sandra Kay Stewart-Miller.

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I met Sandy back in the 90s when we were separating donated clothes for the homeless at Deland Church of God. She spent most of the conversation telling me about her son and how proud she was of him. We hit it off right away as we were both very passionate about our walk with the Lord and life in general. Sandy was also a very caring wife to her husband Emery. I have many fond memories of time spent with her and she always has had and always will have a special place in my heart.

Tina Dinora

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