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Vanda Miller Back

September 1, 1935 April 30, 2019
Vanda Miller Back
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VANDA BACK'S OBITUARY

Proverbs 31:28-31 “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. She is clothed with strength and dignity; She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Vanda Lou Miller Back passed away peacefully at The Windsor Place Nursing Home of Plantation Pointe in Columbus, Mississippi on Tuesday, April 30th at the age of 83. Vanda was born Sept. 1, 1935 in Twila, Kentucky of Harlan County to the late Albert E. & Edna Miller. She attended high school in Neon, KY before marrying the love of her life, Hilmer Back, on June 7, 1953 and spent the next 53 years at his side.
The Back’s lived in Brooklyn, New York during Hilmer’s tour of duty in the U.S. Navy before moving to Champaign, IL and starting a family. Vanda worked for Carter’s Furniture Co. in Urbana, IL as the Office Manager. Later, she opened a Christian Bookstore named, “Look & Listen” in Champaign, Illinois. Upon retirement, the couple began a ministry together as house parents in Sevierville, TN’s Home for Children.
Vanda & Hilmer were longtime and faithful members of the Curtis Road Church of God in Champaign, IL. New Hope Church of God in Sevierville, TN; and the Gap Hill Church of God Six Mile, SC. Vanda taught youth Sunday School for many years. Many sought out her Godly wisdom and Loving advice throughout the years. They got to receive that beautiful smile of hers along with a hug and pat too. Mom had a gift of Motherly Kindness she gladly shared to so many people across numerous states during the course of her life. She was fondly known by many simply as, “Mom”. Their home always had extra place settings for guests to enjoy a meal with her and Dad & the family. Even on her not-so-good days, she made you feel better!
Vanda was a devoted mother to her two sons and a loving grandmother to four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She enjoyed attending their baseball, softball & football games, along with piano recitals, scouting events and school activities. She was always an encouraging supporter.
Vanda was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She leaves behind her sons: William Edward Back (Ed) and wife Janice of Northport, AL., Randall Glen Back (Randy) and wife Barbara of Farmer City, IL; sisters: Nina Jean Smith of Metropolis, IL. with children Susan Smith & son Neil Smith(in Heaven); and Deborah Lizette Youngblood and husband John of Celebration, FL with Son J.D.Youngblood(John Daniel) which she always thought of and loved as a Grandchild, wife (Megan); Four Grandchildren: Nathan Back(Natalie), Brandon Back(Sarah), Stefanie Back Ladner(Aaron), Evan Back(Lauren); 6 Great Grandchildren: Brody Back, Beau Back, Brett Back, Gunner Back, Easton Back, & Eva LaRee Ladner; and many loved sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Time of services will be Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:30p.m. at Sandifer Funeral Home 512 East Main Street, Westminster, SC. 29693. The Family will greet visitors one hour before the service. Entombment will be at Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum located in Westminster, SC.
Reverend Tony Qualkinbush of Seneca, SC will be officiating.

* In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Gideon Bibles or Alzheimer’s Research.


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Visitation

Saturday

18

May

1:30 PM 5/18/2019 1:30:00 PM
Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel

512 East Main Street
Westminster, SC 29693

Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel
512 East Main Street Westminster 29693 SC
United States

Service

Saturday

18

May

2:30 PM 5/18/2019 2:30:00 PM
Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel

512 East Main Street
Westminster, SC 29693

Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel
512 East Main Street Westminster 29693 SC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Heritage Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

Hwy 11
Westminster, SC 29693

Hwy 11 Westminster 29693 SC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Gideon Bibles

PO Box 140800
Nashville, TN 37214-0800

Alzheimer's Association

3223 Sunset Blvd.
West Columbia, SC 29169
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