Lottie Elizabeth Sandusky, precious one-year-old daughter, of Ethan and Margaret Sandusky, passed away in her sleep on Saturday, February 5, 2022, after a brief illness due to complications of the flu. She touched many lives with her joyful personality, was loved deeply by her family, and embraced by what has become a worldwide circle of friends.
Her older twin sisters, Adelaide Jane and Cora Mae welcomed her enthusiastically from the day they learned that God had given them this baby "awesomely and wonderfully made" within their mom. And they embraced the magnitude of this responsibility with full devotion—preparing for the big day when they would see her face.
Lottie arrived December 31, 2020, in Wichita, Kansas. From the beginning she was a true Midwesterner with strong Texas and Arkansas ties. As she grew through the four seasons of 2021 and the first five weeks of 2022, she enjoyed every feature of life in Kansas. From the "honky geese" that flew over her house throughout the day, to springtime stroller visits to the zoo and wildlife park, to summer days in the backyard with her dog Lucy, to a fall filled with sunflower fields and pumpkin-picking, and a winter of stretching her legs in a dance to the Christmas music that filled her world. Music accompanied Lottie's life as her sisters cheered her on long car rides with songs Adelaide and Cora composed to make every journey more fun. The twins proudly introduced her to friends, family, and random strangers, showing her off. And those lucky enough to have met her never will forget her happy eyes.
Lottie captivated the hearts of nursery workers at Immanuel Baptist Church, sharing true friendship with her Sunday morning and Wednesday night classmates, the teenagers that her daddy pastored at IBC and the ladies' Bible study group where the older women gladly held her as she slept. Though her life was brief, her memory lives in her friends and family. She was a delight to Ethan and Maggie, a stewardship in every season of her life, and her entire family wishes to publicly thank God for this good and perfect gift sent down from the Father of lights. James 1:17.
Lottie was preceded in death by her sibling, Baby Sandusky, who passed away in 2019 prior to birth, and great-grandparents, Billy Gene and Arnelia Sandusky, Marion Swensen, and John Penn Reed. In addition to her parents and two sisters, she is survived by her grandparents, Jeff and Renee Sandusky of Beaumont, Texas, and Gary and Tammi Ledbetter of Prairie Grove, Ark., great-grandparents, Louis Swensen of Pflugerville, Texas, Darrell and Lennis Ledbetter of Fayetteville, Ark., and Frances Reed, also of Fayetteville, Ark. Other survivors include aunts, uncles, and cousins, including Callie Sandusky of Fort Worth, Texas, Doug and Judy Ledbetter, (with Daniel and Caroline) of Wichita, Kan., and Philip and Kelly Ledbetter (with Rose) of McKinney, Texas, and many other extended family members who cherished Lottie deeply and shared special gatherings with her.
A celebration of her life was held Thursday, February 10, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Wichita. The service was livestreamed, archived, and available for viewing at https://tinyurl.com/LottieSandusky. Private interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Wichita. A memorial fund has been established to honor her memory with gifts to a charity favored by her family and accessible through this link: https://www.imb.org/campaign/honoring-lottie-elizabeth-sandusky/Share condolences at: www.cozine.com. The family is grateful to Immanuel Baptist and Cozine Memorial Group-Broadway Mortuary for providing services in a God-honoring way.