Stout, Sandra K. “Sandy”, 82, loving & devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, died September 10, 2021. A celebration of her life will take place at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 18, 2021, at First Evangelical Free Church. Graveside service to be held Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 10:00am, at Wichita Park Cemetery.
Sandra Kay was born to Milton Eugene Powell and Ava Marjorie Dyer Powell on March 31, 1939, in Monett, Missouri. At the age of 12, Sandy lost her father, and shortly thereafter, she and her mother moved to Wichita, Kansas so her mother could work at the Boeing Company. Sandy attended East High, graduating in 1957. During this time, Sandy was active in the Civil Air Patrol, an involvement she always spoke fondly of and was proud to have been a part. Sandy went on to attend the University of Kansas, was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, and graduated with a B.A. in Performing Arts. It was while attending KU Sandy and Joe met. They were in a Children’s Literature class together, and since both attended East High, Sandy knew of Joe, that he was from Wichita, and that he surely had a car! Seeing this as an opportunity to hitch a ride back home, as the story goes Sandy “coyly” threw her Henry’s Department Store raincoat over her chair so Joe (drawn to cute blondes!) would see she was from Wichita as well and offer her a ride! And the rest as they say, is history. Joe and Sandy went on to have 4 children: Cynthia Kay, Catherine Sue, Byron Gray IV, and Amy Jo. Joe and Sandy enjoyed an amazing 60 years together, always by each other’s side, always supporting and respecting each other, and immensely devoted to each other to the very end. Theirs is a beautiful marriage to be emulated.
Besides her love for Joe and their 4 children and staying busy raising a family, Sandy enjoyed many hobbies and clubs. Together Sandy & Joe participated in Jeep 4x4 clubs, antique car clubs, automobile dealer organizations, Christian ministries, and of course their beloved church, First E. Free. And, most special of all, they loved to dance together. Whenever out for dinner (or any occasion really!), if there was music and even the slightest bit of open space, Joe would take her hand, swing her on to the dance floor with the greatest of ease and without a word spoken, and they would ballroom dance unabashedly no matter the crowd or occasion. We all loved watching Joe & “Tweetie” glide and romance across the floor.
Sandy also loved philanthropy! She gave of her time to many worthwhile organizations over her 82 years. She was a member of Wichita Junior League, volunteered with Wichita Historical Society, Wichita Symphony, P.E.O. Chapter EI, Assistance League of Wichita, and Children’s Theatre.
Sandy belonged to several clubs, including Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Colonial Dames, Daughters of the Confederacy (DAC), Wichita Farm & Ranch, Wichita Horseless Carriage Club (HCCA), a Mahjong group, and several book clubs.
Her hobbies included women’s bible study, genealogy, philanthropy, playing tennis during her family-raising years, always reading, playing mahjong, and crossword puzzles. Joe and Sandy also enjoyed traveling, took many amazing trips over the course of their marriage, and particularly loved their years of RV’ing. But most of all, Sandy’s biggest hobby was her family. She thoroughly enjoyed her 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, spending time with them, remaining extremely involved with them as they grew, loving them, caring for them, and supporting them. She was the best Wife, Mom, Grandma and Great Grandmother anyone could ask for!
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Ava Powell, and her son, Byron G. Stout, IV. She is survived by her husband, Byron G. “Joe” Stout, III; daughters, Cindy Stout (Paul Craig), Cathy (Ron) Brock and Amy (Lee) Butler; daughter-in-law, Carrie Stout; and grandchildren, Rachael (Brock) Basquez, Emily (Brock) Brickley, Molly (Brock) Lusby, Mallory (Stout) Cook, Ellen (Stout) Morris, Byron G. Stout V, Lindsey Stout, Jake Stout, Ransom Butler, and Faith Butler; as well as 17 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with The Navigators and First Evangelical Free Church.