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1941 Sandra 2021

Sandra Pauline (Bayless) Brown

September 10, 1941 — October 30, 2021


Sandra Pauline (Bayless) Brown, age 80 of Crawfordsville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at home while surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Crawfordsville on September 10, 1941 to the late Lester Ophar & Minnie Pauline (Brasfield) Bayless.

Sandra graduated from Waveland High School and married the love of her life, Ivan Brown, on June 4, 2006. Throughout the years she was a Girl Scout leader, a waitress at Shades State Park, and retired from Kroger's as a cashier after 27 years. She was an Avon and Tupperware dealer and owned her own kiln from which she made ceramics and sold them at various events, including the Covered Bridge Festival at Mansfield. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, was the ABY leader at Freedom Baptist Church, and a member of the Golden Girls in New Ross.

She is survived by her husband, Ivan Brown of Crawfordsville; four children, Greg (Christie) Sorrels of Lawrence, Debi Rose of New Ross, Scott (Carletta) Sorrels of North Carolina, and Rachel (Alan) Metsker of Crawfordsville; her brother, Jack Bayless of Crawfordsville; three step-children, Jason (Melanie) Brown of Waveland, Danielle Brown and Tammy (John) Clark, both of Frankfort; 14 grandchildren, Josh (Emma) Sorrels, Mike Sorrels, Sydney Wilmoth, J.D. Joseph, Ian Rose, Tammy Robbins, Jill (Leo) Lara, Megan (Jason) Yoder, Elizabeth (Joe) Zuk, Sarah Metsker, Dane Brown, Triston Brown, Alizabeth Brown, and Gracie Brown; 14 great grandchildren, Emma, Ethan, Kaiya, Aubrie, Atlanta, Kaidence, Kamarin, Tristan, Mackenzie, Illiana, Leonardo, Joseph, Remington, and Reagan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Fern Bayless; a grandson, Brayden Metsker; a great granddaughter, Joselyn Sorrels; and her furry friends, Callie, Roy, and the other Roy, and her favorite, Jackass Eli.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington Street in Crawfordsville on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 3:00pm till the time of the funeral service at 5:00pm with Rev Alan Metsker and Rev Wallie Nichols officiating. Cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to New Ross Christian Church, PO Box 182, New Ross, IN 47968 or Freedom Baptist Church, PO Box 157, Waveland, IN 47989. The service will be live-steamed and recorded which can be viewed on her obituary page. Share memories and condolences online at

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