Saying goodbye to our dear friend, Sandra

Our friend Sandra passed away on Sunday. It was a shock to us all. We’re gutted. And as I cry because I’m going to miss her gorgeous corkscrew curls and her wonderful smile and her hugs whenever we got together at our RWNZ Auckland chapter meetings, I smile, too. Especially when I remember her “call” story and picture her jumping up and down and “squeeing!” in the hotel room with her BFFs. She was so excited to be a published author. I honestly can’t think of anyone who deserved it more.

Here’s the official announcement from our RWNZ president, Abby Gaines:

Sandra Hyatt (Hyde), 1965-2011

It is with deep sadness that I announce that longtime RWNZ member, Sandra Hyde (published as Sandra Hyatt), died in hospital yesterday – Sunday August 21 – after being taken suddenly ill while attending RWNZ’s conference in Auckland.

Those of you who saw her at the conference cocktail party on Friday night, her usual bubbly self, will find this news hard to believe. However, as we understand it, Sandra had an undetected cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which would have been present since birth. This weekend, the AVM caused a bleed in her brain. Its location and severity made it inoperable.

As an organisation, we mourn the loss of an RWNZ member renowned for her warmth and generosity, and of a talented writer. As individuals, we mourn the loss of the best kind of friend. Even more, our hearts go out to Sandra’s husband Scott Hyde, and their teenagers Sarah and Matthew.

Sandra’s funeral will be held this Thursday August 25, at 1pm, at Clevedon Presbyterian Church, 3 Papakura-Clevedon Road (at the roundabout in the middle of Clevedon).

Cards and messages of condolence can be sent to Scott and the kids at:
191 McNicol Road
Papakura 2585
(New Zealand)

RWNZ would like to put together an album of photos of Sandra for her family – this may be an electronic album, given that many of us will have photos taken on digital cameras and cell phones at resolutions too low for decent printing. If you have any photos, or any questions, please email them to: Abby//AT//AbbyGaines//DOT//com.

If you have any photos taken on the weekend, those might of use for Sandra’s funeral. We would love to receive them as soon as possible – again, please email them to Abby.

Thank you and kind regards,

Abby Gaines
President, RWNZ Inc.



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2 Responses to “Saying goodbye to our dear friend, Sandra”

  1. kaylea cross says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about this, Maree. She was far too young to leave us. My heart goes out to the family she left behind. I hope her children keep her memory close, and that they never forget what a talented, vibrant woman their mother was.