Sandy Mathew from Fargo, ND peacefully passed away on February 2, 2017 at the Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. She was surrounded by her loving family.
She leaves behind a legacy of love, patience, and faith.
Born on January 21st, 1954 in Fosston, MN, Sandy was the second of three children of Vernon and Ruby Wold. She had a wonderful childhood, growing up on a farm near her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She attended Gully Grade School and graduated from Fosston High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in special education from Moorhead State University. While in college, Sandy met a gregarious NDSU graduate student from India, named Prakash. They were married shortly thereafter and had a wonderful marriage of 40 years. They settled in Fargo and had two sons, Trevor and Chris; a family of Bison fans.
Sandy was driven by the love she had for others. With an unbelievably quick wit and unassuming approach, her love was always genuine and deep. From her entire extended family, to the students with emotional and behavioral disorders she taught for 30 years, to someone she may have just met for the first time, her love and positive attitude was instantly felt. Her heart was as big and beautiful as her smile.
Sandy’s 30 years as a special ed teacher brought her to several schools. She started her career at Central Cass in Casselton. She also taught at the Hoffman Learning Center in St. Peter, MN, the West Central Regional Juvenile Center in Moorhead, MN, and Moorhead High School. While teaching, she earned a degree in Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD).
Always calm and collected, her ability to handle stressful situations was unparalleled. She showed that the best way to care for those around her was to bring a steady hand, listen, and to gently guide the way. The patience she showed to her students – and family – will live on as an example for all.
Sandy’s deep faith in God played an important role in her life. She loved being a part of a Presbyterian Women Circle at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo and Bible Study Fellowship. While she wasn’t one to live with her faith on her sleeve, she believed in living with the principles of Christ. She showed her faith through caring love, patience, and by never passing negative judgement on anyone.
Sandy is survived by her mother, Ruby Wold, her husband Prakash, her sons Trevor (Emily) and Chris, her sister Joanne (Robert), brother Brad (Marie), and countless loving in-laws, nephews, and nieces all over the world. She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Wold.
Sandy’s celebration of life will be on Monday, February 6th at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo. Viewing will begin at 9:30 AM until the service begins. Lunch will be served afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to First Presbyterian Church in Fargo or The NDSU Foundation – Prakash and Sandy Mathew Scholarship Fund.