Sandra Spiser Briggs, a woman who cherished life and found joy in every moment, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2023, in Temple, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Thursday, November 2, 2023, at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple.
Sandra was born on January 20, 1937, to Kermit and Capitola Spiser in Temple, Texas. She attended school at Eden High School and Draughan Business School. Sandra worked for the Federal Government, and then at Temple National Bank. She possessed a deep affection for animals, particularly her cats and dogs. She showered them with love and care as if they were her own children. Cooking and preparing meals brought immense happiness to Sandra's life, especially during the holidays. Her meals not only nourished the body but also brought people together around the table, creating lasting memories of warmth and togetherness. Sandra was a true patriot who loved her country dearly. She firmly believed that participating in the democratic process played an essential role in shaping society for the betterment of all. Sandra encouraged everyone around her to exercise their right to vote and engaged in conversations about social responsibility and civic duty. Her faith held a special place in Sandra's heart. She believed in God as her Lord and Savior and found solace within the walls of Trinity Lutheran Church in Eden, Texas when she was confirmed—an achievement that brought immeasurable pride to both herself and her family. Throughout her life journey, Sandra embraced every experience with enthusiasm and an open heart. Her vivacious spirit inspired those who had the privilege of knowing her. She truly lived life to the fullest!
Preceding Sandra in death are her parents, Kermit and Capitola Spiser; as well as her first husband, Sterling Ross Baird; second husband, O.B. Briggs; and brother, Joe M. Spiser.
She is survived by her brother, Robert H. "Bob" Spiser of Helotes, Texas; and nephews, Michael and Patti Spiser of Midland, Texas, R. Craig and Margaret Spiser of San Antonio, Texas, and Ronnie and Shelly James of Corpus Christi, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), or a charity close to your heart.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to John Laughlin, her caregiver for many years.