Dr. Sandra Sue “Sandy” Bradley Wilson, 77, of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, passed away June 4, 2018, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., from medical complications while being treated for cancer.
She attended Texas Women’s University and then graduated from Oklahoma State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1964. She was a trailblazer for her time. She was one of three women in her vet class and she was a role model for small business entrepreneurs and working mothers long before that was common. When asked during her vet school interview why they should give her a placement when “she would just quit when she had babies,” she retorted: “Do you think I would go through all this if I was going to quit?” And she never did. She ran Old Dominion Small Animal Clinic, a solo veterinary practice in Warrenton, and was a beloved practitioner and member of that community from 1967 until her retirement in 1999.
In addition to her career, Dr. Wilson’s passions included gardening, reading and spending time on her farm with horses. She and her husband bought their first Arabian in 1975 and owned and bred Egyptian Arabians until her death. She was never happier than when working with horses or reading a book about horses. A west Texas native, she lived in Virginia and North Carolina until her death but never forgot her love of Texas sunsets or cowboys. She was fiercely loyal, always questioning and deeply interested in sharing her views on everything from politics to food.
Sandy died like she lived — fighting until the end and always with the last word. She died peacefully with her daughters by her side. She is survived by her brother, Edward R. Bradley of Amarillo, Texas; her daughters, Sara J. Wilson of Bellingham, Washington, and Kate H. Wilson of Bethesda, Maryland; her son-in-law, Andy Carothers, and her grandsons, Jac and Ewan Carothers. She is predeceased in death by her husband, Jerry A. Wilson.
A private graveside service was held in Memphis on June 9. The family will be holding a celebration of life event from 1 to 4 p.m. July 15, at the Airlie Center Smokehouse inear Warrenton.
Memorial contributions may be made payable to the OSU Foundation, Class of 1964 Endowed Scholarship 28-96900, and sent directly to OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Attn: Sharon R. Worrell, 308 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078 or to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.