She was born on Feb. 26, 1938, in Thermopolis, a daughter of Gerald W. and Beulah (Asay) Brown.
She lived in Wyoming her entire life, attending schools in Thermopolis and Cody. While living in Cody, a son, Gerald, was born. She later moved to Byron where she met and married Gary Mumford on Jan. 17, 1959. To this union another son, Myron, was born. The couple was later divorced.
She married Thomas Sanford on Dec. 5, 1966, in Cody. They lived in Powell, later buying a home in Garland where she lived at the time of her death. Family notes that to her, others came first, and she always had something to offer visitors, from her delicious Amish Friendship Bread to her special sun tea.
The family recalls admiringly that she was not only a great mother and homemaker, she could fix a car and field dress wild game as fast as any man. She taught herself to crochet at a young age and made many afghans which she gave to family and friends. Her greatest love was for her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. They also loved her very much and spent many hours with her during her illness.
Survivors include her husband Tom of Garland; two sons, Gerald of Powell and Myron and wife Julie of Lovell; a granddaughter, Mariah Mumford and a grandson, Willie Mumford, both of Lovell; two brothers, Gerry Brown and wife Linda of Worland and Charlie Brown of Lovell; three sisters, Dorothy Allen and husband Leslie of Burlington, Linda Salmon and husband Rick and Carol Stewart and husband Frank, both of Lovell; many nieces and nephews; and her faithful chihuahua, Lady.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ray; one sister, Nadine; and one nephew, Justin Stewart. Burial was in the Byron Cemetery.