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Mrs. Jamie Sanchez passed away on November 7, 2023 in Nacogdoches. She was born on November 19, 1952 in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am, Monday, November 13, 2023 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with internment at Moral Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, on November 12, 2023 at Laird Funeral Home with Rosary at 6:00pm.
Jamie was a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches County. From an early age, she had a love of teachers, which led her to doing just that…teaching. She began her career in early childhood development with Brooks Quinn Jones Elementary as an aide and then at Head Start Early Childhood Learning, where she spent 10 years. During her time there, she attained her Bachelor degree. She then went on to teach at St. Patricks Catholic Church until 2018 when a devastating diagnosis prevented her from continuing in the field. Her heart was always with teaching and the pride she felt from knowing she made a difference in the life of children, made her happy.
Although her teaching career was important, her life before then was the building blocks that made her the woman she was. In 1969, as she was working at the original Sonic drive-in, she met the love of her life, Robert Sanchez. On February 3, 1973, they began their life together as husband and wife and have returned to Sonic each year as a tribute to where they first began their love. Jamie was everything to Robert, and he was her provider and protector for many years. When they were blessed with the birth of the 4 boys, Jamie stepped in and became the original “boy mom”. She raised them to be fine young men and taught them to respect and have empathy for others and to always use their manners. She held them responsible for their actions, even if it broke her heart to be strict on them. Her time at home with them was something she always cherished. Jamie was a fabulous cook for her husband and her sons. She loved Christmas and July 4th but her ultimate, most desired moments were those spent with them all together. She also shared the love of Christ with them. She was a very dedicated member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she also served as Religious Education Teacher. After her life with the boys began to slow down, she was allowed the opportunity to do what she found to be her solace. She read many books and had quite the collection but her favorites were Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings. Upon being blessed with grandchildren, she learned the love that only a “Grandmamma” can have in their heart. She loved the little ones dearly and prayed fervently for all of the family.
Jamie is survived by her loving and devoted husband of over 50 years, Robert Glenn Sanchez; sons, Jeremy Sanchez of Nacogdoches, David Sanchez & wife, Val of League City, Michael Sanchez & wife, Cher of Brandon, Florida and John Sanchez & wife, Brittany of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Austin Price, Kyle Sanchez, Zachary Sanchez, Jared Sanchez, Cameron Sanchez and Peter Sanchez; sister, Sue Hutto & husband, Steve of Kingwood; brothers, Tracy Mitchell & wife, Jamie Lynn of Phoenix, Arizona and Jeffrey Mitchell & wife, Debra of Mt. Enterprise; brothers-in-law, James Sanchez & wife, Sharlene of Lufkin, Walter “Cookie” Sanchez of Nacogdoches and Jerry Skinner of Longview; and numerous nieces and nephews she loved dearly. She also leaves behind 3 very special ladies who were lifelong best friends, Becky Sprinkle, Linda Comingore and Carol Randolph.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James & Margie Mitchell; sisters, Gail Mitchell and Beth Crippen and a sister-in-law, Betty Skinner.
Serving as Pallbearers are Jeremy Sanchez, David Sanchez, Michael Sanchez, John Sanchez, Tracy Mitchell and Jeffrey Mitchell.
Donations may be made in Jamie’s memory to your local food bank.