Loved and treasured by family and friends, Saundra Souza passed away unexpectedly on July 2, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. Saundra was born on March 28, 1954, to Harold (Buster) and Faye Townsend in Louisville, Kentucky. She spent most of her early years in Estancia, New Mexico, but moved to Laguna, where she graduated from high school. Saundra moved to Moab in 1995 where she resided ever since.
We have so many fond memories of Saundra. She was the first granddaughter on her mom’s side. She had a love for music and shared her talent, not only with her family but with many many others. Many hours were spent with family and friends singing her heart out! Saundra never needed a microphone. One of her favorites was singing “Valderie, Valderii,” just to tease her cousin, Valerie. Many of you may remember her dad, Buster Townsend, who played music at the senior center.
Saundra was a member of the First Baptist Church in Moab. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where, again, she was loved by many who will remember her gracious loving spirit and especially her singing duets with her sister, Becky. Saundra was employed by Moab Regional Hospital for 10 ½ years.
Saundra was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Debbie Crager; and her nephew, John Charles Davidson. She is survived by her sons, Brian Valdez of Kansas and Michael Souza of Oregon; her sisters, Rebecca Day of Moab and Bobbi Jo (Don) Murphy of Puerto Rico; her nieces, Krystal, Chelsi, Cyndi and Allyson; her grandchildren, Ava and Jake Valdez, Gage, Cameron, and Astria Souza; her 8 great-nieces and nephews and 3 great-great-nieces and nephews.At Saundra’s request, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Moab (420 MiVida Drive). You may send condolences to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.