Sandra Lare obituary (1941 – 2021) – Charlotte, North Carolina

Sandra Trickett Lare
April 4, 1941 – December 11, 2021
Charlotte, NC – Sandra Trickett Lare, 80, passed away peacefully in Asbury at Aldersgate Retirement Community in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 11, 2021 after several months of ill health.
Sandra was born on April 4, 1941 in Charleston, West Virginia, to the late Arden Trickett and Dorothy DeTurk Trickett. At the age of 6, the family moved to Huntington, West Virginia. There she was active in the Girl Scouts and a camp counselor. She has been a member of several choirs and dance groups that have performed at school and community events.
After graduating from East Huntington High School in 1959, Sandra enrolled at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. While in Queens she studied philosophy and religion, graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in 1963. She remained active as an alumnus throughout her life.
After college, Sandra moved to Bartow, Florida, became director of Christian education for a Presbyterian church there, and helped launch ministry programs for migrants. After several years, she returned to Charlotte. She has worked for various nonprofits including the Mecklenburg Inner City Committee and has been a volunteer leader with The Church in the City in an effort to build affordable housing.
In 1974, Sandra married Marvin Lare and moved to Columbia, South Carolina. There she worked primarily at the University of South Carolina, first in the School of Public Health, and then in the cooperative education program. While in Colombia, Sandra was very active in local and national politics for the Democratic Party. She was heavily involved in the organization of the Eau Claire neighborhood and was appointed to the Planning Commission of the City of Columbia.
In 1990, Sandra returned to Charlotte with her daughter Carrie. She became the Director of Workplace Learning at Central Piedmont Community College. Sandra loved her career “helping students find jobs” and worked at CPCC until her retirement in 2006.
Sandra has enjoyed many family trips to Sunset Beach, NC, Gladesville, West Virginia, and Atlanta, Georgia; and visited Europe and China as a family. She enjoyed spending time scavenging “the flea” for treasure with friends and was an active member of her book club and religious circle.
She had a passion for collecting Southern folk art and North Carolina pottery. She was really interested not only in art, but in artists and their stories. As a fellow of the North Carolina Folk Art Society, she has held many positions, most notably as president of the society in 2010. She has also served as editor of the society’s annual journal, Voices from 2013-2021.
Sandra was a staunch member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. She cared deeply about the homeless and devoted much of her time to helping “our homeless neighbors”. She ran the Room in the Inn Emergency Winter Accommodation program in Covenant for 9 years, and was instrumental in setting up other emergency accommodation programs in Covenant. She has volunteered weekly for over 13 years at the Urban Ministry Center, now Roof Above, and hosted a table for the organization’s True Blessings fundraiser annually for 12 years. His long-standing activism has demonstrated his desire to bring equality to people of all races and backgrounds.
Above all, Sandra was a wonderful and dedicated mother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor, and she will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, Sandra was predeceased by her twin sister, Linda Trickett Blythe; brother-in-law, Robert Brevard Blythe; brother, Richard Arden Trickett; and his niece, Arden Blythe Correll.
She is survived by her daughter, Carrie Lare; and her stepdaughter, Sarah Thomason of Asheville, North Carolina; as well as Cliff and Jean Blythe, and nieces and nephews, Charlie Blythe, Courtney Blythe Market, Brevard Blythe and Ashley Blythe Gibson.
Services will be held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on March 12, 2022, in the Columbarium at 10:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. service in the Shrine and will be broadcast live at
Memorial gifts can be made at Roof Above, PO Box 31335, Charlotte 28231 or at

Posted by Charlotte Observer on January 9, 2022.


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