In Loving Memory of Sandra M. Cargill
May 8, 1954 - November 28, 2018
Sandra M. Cargill was born on May 8, 1954, to Richard and Ida Morris in City, State. She was the oldest daughter.
Sandra was educated in Boston where she graduated from the Jeremiah Burke High School for girls. She attended the University of Mass College.
Sandra relocated to CA in 1975. She continued her education there and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. She also completed some graduate business classes while at Caltech.
In October 1978, she married Ronald G. Cargill, Jr. They were married for 31 years. She joined Full Harvest International Church in Los Angeles where she was in the choir. Being in the choir bought her much joy as many know, Sandra loved to sing, and that was her passion.
Sandra spent her early years working for Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena where she was promoted to Senior Contracts Manager. She worked on the Strategic Defense Initiative there. In 1988 she was named to the Augustine Commission, a Congressional Committee on the future of space exploration. She also worked on MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) an Army training system for military war games.
In 1991, Sandra left JPL to start her own business. They created Cargill Associates, as a business management consultant. She had many high-profile clients to include the City of Long Beach and Los Angeles County. In the early 90's she started Mentor Business Institute to train minority business entrepreneurs and to provide afterschool programs for at-risk students. She also created a Parent/Teacher and Student organization in Pomona, CA. She spent several years on that program until funding ran out.
The last 8 years of her life, Sandra battled mental illness and struggled to overcome her illness. Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Ida R. Chumley, her father, Richard B. Morris, Sr. and her brother Ronald W. Morris, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memories her brothers: Richard B. Morris, Jr., Rodney Morris, Michael Morris, and Steven Morris (Sharon); her sister, Deborah McNabb (Larry), her aunt, Francine Barco, her stepsisters, Janice Barnes, Brenda Mackey, with numerous special nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.