Sandra Jean Rayburne Maurer (November 16, 1940 – November 14, 2021)
Sandra Maurer died peacefully Sunday morning.
She was born November 16, 1940, daughter of Lorraine and Glenn Rayburne of Alvarado, Texas. Sandra was raised in Alvarado, Texas where she was baptized at the First Baptist Church. She graduated from Alvarado High School in 1959 and was valedictorian of her class.
After high school, Sandra attended The University of Texas at Austin and was part of the Longhorn and Symphonic bands. During Sandra’s time at UT, The Longhorn Band marched in the inaugural parade for President John F. Kennedy in 1960. Sandra was a member of Music Educators National Conference and graduated from The University of Texas in June of 1963. She continued to love The Longhorns and looked forward to watching them (win or lose) and the Longhorn band each weekend in the fall.
After college, Sandra’s first job was in Seguin, Texas, where she served as the choral director at the high school. It was there that she became friends with Annie Maurer, who introduced Sandra to her son, Leslie Fred Maurer. Sandra married Leslie on June 11, 1966. They made their home in San Antonio after a brief period in Corpus Christi. A short time later, Sandra and Leslie welcomed their two sons, Mark and Craig, who were the joy of their lives.
Sandra taught middle school music for several years. She then earned her elementary teaching certificate and taught at multiple elementary schools in San Antonio. She retired in 1998 from Baskin Elementary School.
The Maurers were long-standing members of Shearer Hills Baptist Church, where Sandra sang in the choir and taught Children’s Sunday School. Sandra served for many years as the church hostess and catering manager, where she orchestrated dinners and receptions for more than 300 guests. Sandra loved to bake and cook in her spare time and could often be found teaching her grandchildren her favorite recipes. Wedding cakes were her specialty; some cakes were a family affair while others were delivered all over San Antonio. After a lifetime in San Antonio, Sandra and Leslie moved to Dallas in May of 2021 to be closer to their family.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Glenda Laseman, brother-in-law, Billy Charles Roten, and niece, Debbie Kennemer.
Sandra leaves behind her loving husband Leslie, sons Mark and wife Maureen, Craig and wife Lisa, grandchildren Jackson and Lauren – all of Dallas. Sandra also leaves behind sister Joyce Roten, brother-in-law N.H. Laseman, nieces, Suzi Rich and husband Dwain, Kristi Lowe and husband Andy, nephew Glenn Laseman, great nephew Mack Kennemer, great nieces Glenna and Zoey and dozens of cherished cousins.
She left everyone a legacy of family, faith and love. All that will be needed to carry on, not without her, but because of her.
Services for Sandra are Friday, November 19 at First Baptist Church, in Alvarado, Texas. Friends and family will be received at 11:00 AM with funeral to follow at Noon. Burial will take place immediately after the service at Glenwood Cemetery.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the medical team at Presbyterian Health and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care.
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