It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Ruth Sanford, 76, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Per her wishes, her final days were spent at her home under the loving care of her family.
Margaret was born March 29, 1937, in Villa Park, Calif., to George Cecil and Leota Maude (Buckner) Huffman. After graduating from Canoga Park High School and attending Antelope Valley Junior College, she worked as a civilian employee at Edwards Air Force Base. While there, she met Charles Edward “Charlie” Sanford, whom she married March 7, 1958, in Lancaster, Calif.
After accompanying her husband to his duty assignment in Tripoli, Libya, the couple, plus their first two children, were transferred to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., in 1962, and became longtime residents of the nearby Tolenas Farms community.
Margaret made the most of her new home by pursuing her love of gardening. She transformed and landscaped her property with various types of flowers, succulents and fruiting and decorative trees. When not outside, she loved reading, especially mystery and suspense novels, and enjoyed playing cards. It was also from their home that Margaret and Charlie started a sheep and cattle business and then their own trucking company.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her two brothers, Winford and James Huffman.
Margaret is survived by her four children, son Charles E. Sanford Jr. of Fairfield, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Diana K. and Ernest Coudright of Fairfield, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, David J. and Maria Sanford of Fairfield, Calif.; son, Jeffrey D. Sanford of Windsor, Calif.; grandchildren, Christopher Durham of Oakdale, Calif., Corina Durham of Fairfield, Calif., Jessica N. (William) Sanchez of Aviano, Italy, Michael J.P. Coudright of Alamo, Calif., and Joshua A. Coudright of Fairfield, Calif.; and great-grandsons, Nicholas Raby-Durham of Fairfield, Calif., and Dimitri F Sanchez of Aviano, Italy.
She also leaves behind her sister, Lois McInnis of Beaverton, Ore., and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been handled by Bryan-Braker of Fairfield, Calif. A private memorial for Margaret will be held at a later date for family and close friends.
The family encourages anyone wishing to memorialize Margaret to do so by making your own planting of some seeds, bulbs or cuttings so she may remain a constant and beautiful memory.