Sandra Lee Smith, the daughter of Julius A. and Margaret (Simands) Donaldson, was born July 4, 1953, in Keene, New Hampshire. She attended Keene High School, Keene.

In 1989, Sandy met her future husband, Melvin Minor, and they were united in marriage in 2006. They later divorced, but Melvin and Sandy remained close.

Sandy was a homemaker and for a short time was employed by McDonald’s in Rock Port, Missouri. Sandy loved coffee so much that while working at McDonald’s, she would make a whole fresh pot for herself.

Sandy enjoyed playing Nintendo and collecting ceramic chickens and roosters. Melvin and Sandy were currently remodeling their home in Fairfax and Sandy was anticipating their move. Sandy passed away Sunday, August 22, 2021, in Tarkio, Missouri, at the age of 68.

Besides her parents, Sandy was preceded in death by son, Neil Minor; and siblings, Robert “Bobby” Smith, Linda Jean Smith, and Ricky Donaldson. Survivors include former husband, Melvin Minor; daughter, Brandy Martinez, Cedar Park, Texas; grandchildren, Cheyenne and Christian Martinez, Austin, Texas; nieces and nephew, Nicole Martinez, Pamela Stewart, and Michael Smith; and sisters-in-law, Rhonda Minor, Wendy Ladd, Robin Millard, and Kendall Giwona.

A memorial service and visitation was held Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 405 Broad Street in Tarkio. Rev. Glenn Scott officiated. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Sandy Smith Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left at