Saturday, November 7, 2015

In Memory of Faith Sand

The Athenaeum, Cal Tech, Pasadena

Beautiful memorial service today for Faith Annette Sand, whose cancer began with melanoma on her leg in 1998 or 1999.  She had surgery in 2002.

In December 2013, she had back pain and learned that her melanoma had metastasized.

Although it was then stage 4, she survived nearly another 1 1/2 years, dying on August 5, 2015.

I visited her for the last time on May 1, 2015, when she took me to lunch with her husband and step-son at The Athenaeum, the faculty dining room of California Institute of Technology, not far from her home in Pasadena.

Born in Minneapolis in 1939, Faith graduated from Wheaton College in 1961 and did mission work in Brazil for fifteen years.

Faith founded a publishing house, Hope Publishing, and in 1994 she published my book, Abortion--My Choice, God's Grace: Christian Women Tell Their Stories.

The public memorial service was held November 7, 2015, at St. Athanasius Episcopal Church, part of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Los Angeles.

Her daughter Heidi Pidcoke read the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila and said Faith like St. Teresa was a rebel, writer and mystic. 

"Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing away, God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices."  --Teresa of Avila

Faith and her husband Albert Cohen had donated a stained glass window portrait of Teresa of Avila to St. Athanasius.

See also the post in my feminist blog,