Sandra G. Hurd

Sandra G. Hurd, 83, Of Merrimack died on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Elliot Hospital.

Sandra lived a full, generous life as a mother, sister, wife, friend, and Lion. She lovingly raised five children before turning her attentions to the needs of the world.

Sandra was an active member of Lions Clubs International, first as an Amherst Lioness, then as a Merrimack Lion. She served in many positions during her years with the Lions Club including District Governor, president of several multi district boards, and currently as President of the New England Lions Council. She was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship in honor of her outstanding work in Lionism.

In addition, Sandra was a volunteer with the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium for over 10 years, helping to bring international art to the Nashua cityscape. For over 40 years Sandra sang with the Nashua Choral Society and the Friendship Choir, making multiple trips abroad to sing with choruses worldwide. In addition to her volunteerism and music Sandra loved gardening, reading, and needlework.

Sandra grew up in Mansfield, MA, and later went on to receive her BA and Master’s degree in Business at Rivier University in Nashua. She worked for several agencies, most recently Keystone Hall in Nashua and the City of Nashua as a Project Grant Manager.

Sandra is survived by her children Richard Foster of Novato, CA, David Foster of Auburn, ME, Laurel Dean of Northwood and Cheryl Ortega of Costa Rica along with their spouses, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Betty Souza and Jackie Pedini of Mansfield, MA, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Linda Gascoyne.

Sandra was a strong individual who gave copious amounts of time and energy to improving the lives of people all over the world. She will live on in the hearts and minds of all whose lives she touched.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 11:30 AM and will be followed by a time for refreshment and conversation.

In lieu of flowers, Sandra would be pleased to have donations made to the Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of NH, PO Box 970, Concord, NH 03302

To view Sandra’s online tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit www.csnh.com.