Ms. Sandra Avery was a resilient woman who loved looking out for children

Ms. Avery ran a food pantry to help Victoria

VICTORIA, Texas – Ms. Sandra Avery lived in Victoria all her life. She devoted herself to our community, especially children in need, as she worked in food service through education.

She was a retired educator, who worked at O’ Connor elementary school, Hopkins elementary, and Patti Welder Middle school.

Many people remember her as someone who cared a lot about kids. Her son, Sanders Wilkerson, said her devotion to take care of others is what drove her.

“I can tell you; my mom was a resilient woman. She’s a woman of incredible means and the passion that she had for children was unbelievable. It’s what drove her. I think a lot of that started when she began her career in food service with VISD and she just had a love for kids. Every time we’d come around, she would just immediately stop and all her focus and attention when up on the children,” he said.

Sanders Wilkerson also mentioned she started to get sick around Jan. 10. Ms. Avery passed away at Citizen’s Medical Center from internal infections on Saturday, Jan. 30, but her son still wants everyone to remember her as a passionate person.

“I would say I would want the whole town, the whole community to be, to be encouraged by my mother’s life and the things that she was passionate about. My mother had this idea that she could do all things, and so I’m just reminded of the scripture, ‘I can do all things through Christ,” Wilkerson said.

So far, her funeral arrangements are tentatively scheduled for February 13. The memorial service will have limited capacity, but the graveyard service will be less restricted.

For anyone who knew her and wants to attend the funeral, we will keep you informed as we get more updates.

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