Sandra Marie (DiBrell) Kizer of Indianapolis, Indiana, age 74, passed away in December 2023. Sandra was born June 14, 1949, in Columbus, OH to Anthony Wayne Dibrell and Helen Juanita Dibrell. She is survived by her son Chris D. Kizer; daughter in-law, Beth; grandchildren, Gianna and Rylan; sister, Cheryl Mason; nieces, A.J. Mason and Connie Marshall, and nephew, Tony Mason. Sandra is proceeded in death by her husband, parents and youngest sister. Those close to her called her Sandy.
Sandra went to Jackson Elementary School from kindergarten to 8th grade. She attended high school at Roosevelt High School in Dayton, OH. Sandra loved crocheting as a hobby while growing up. After graduating from high school, Sandra attended Cosmetology School in Dayton, OH.
In 1971, Sandra went to Gary, Indiana with her Dad to visit her Aunt Ruth. It was then when she met Chris Gene Kizer Jr. who was Aunt Ruth’s neighbor; it was love at first sight. Sandra and Chris were married in 1974 at Bethesda Temple in Dayton, OH. Sandra and Chris resided in Merrillville, IN where they welcomed their son Christopher D’Wayne Kizer in 1980. Four short years later, Sandra, Chris, and Christopher moved to a new home in Indianapolis where she resided until her death.
During her career, Sandra worked as an insurance claims representative for Prudential, Aetna and Morris Associates. She retired to become a caregiver for her husband, as he was experiencing health issues. Sandra became a widow in 2009. In 2014, Sandra had her own health challenges and sought treatment for colon cancer. As a cancer survivor she was able to celebrate her son’s marriage to Elizabeth Baldwin in 2015. Not only did Sandra gain a daughter, she gained another family– The Baldwins. Sandra was affectionately called “Momma K.”
In 2021, Sandra became a Nana welcoming her first grandchild, Gianna Kizer. The role of a grandparent suited her well. A year later, Sandra was surprised with her grandson Rylan Kizer. When daycare was difficult to secure, Sandra became a temporary caregiver for her grandbabies. She was the best Nana! Sandra’s grandchildren adored her as she did them.
Sandra loved to watch her TV shows, play the lottery, feed her birds, care for feral cats, and donate to charities when she could. Sandra had the best smile and laugh. She was someone to go to when you needed to help sort out a situation. She was humble, kind and loving, yet firm. Sandra was a believer and knew the Lord quite well; she was a Preacher’s daughter. Now it’s time for Sandra to continue on her journey with the Lord Almighty. A gathering will be held at Hamilton Memorial Park, 4180 Westfield Rd, Westfield, IN 46074, on Friday, January 26 from 12-2pm with the funeral at 2pm.
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