July 8, 1943 - September 27, 2021
Service Date: September 30, 2021
Sandra Chase Buchan
Sandra Chase Buchan died peacefully on September 27, 2021, surrounded by family. Sandra was born on July 6, 1943, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Madge Humphries Chase and Sanborn Chase of Florence, South Carolina. She is survived by her brother, Sanborn Chase (Dawn) and brother-in-Law, Archibald Buchan (Eleanor). She is also survived by her adoring children, Chase Thompson (Carter) of Richmond, James Buchan (Kelly) of Danville and Sanborn Buchan (Gentry) of Wilson; plus, two grandchildren, Zachary Barnard and Thomas Buchan, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Sandra grew up in Florence, South Carolina. She graduated early from McClenaghan High School and attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Sandra met Smith Buchan of Mullins, South Carolina in the summer of 1958 at Ocean Drive, after which he informed his mother, he had met the woman he was going to marry. He made good on the promise on September 7, 1962, after which Sandra and Smith embarked on a 50-year journey that took them to Northern Ireland, England, Goldsboro, Columbia, and Ocean Drive.
After raising three kids and earning a Series 7 license, Sandra pursued higher education with a passion. She earned a double Master’s degree in French and English at East Carolina University. After moving to Columbia, Sandra earned her Master’s degree in Library Sciences at the University of South Carolina, where she also attended law school. While living in Ocean Drive, she helped open the North Myrtle Beach Museum by researching and cataloguing thousands of items.
In her personal life, Sandra was a voracious reader who could converse on myriad topics – something she greatly enjoyed doing with her wonderful circle of friends. She also had an unrivaled green thumb. She served on various Altar Guilds and left every place she lived more beautiful than when she arrived.
She also cared deeply about current affairs, animals, and the environment; and worked tirelessly to make a difference in the time she had. As lucky as the people in Sandra’s life, so too were the dogs, cats and occasional farm animal that came into her loving care.
The family would like to thank Valerie and Mandy and the rest of the staff at Community Home Care & Hospice, as well as the caregivers at Compassionate Care of Wilson, in particular, Timayah, Tonya, and especially Tammy, for their care and support.
A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 30th at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 202 N Goldsboro Steet, Wilson. The family will receive guests immediately following the service at the home. A private burial for family will be held at a later date in Mullins, South Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, Sandra asked that you make a gift to your local animal shelter or Saint Timothy’s.
Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.