After several years of declining health, Nancy Alexandra (Sandy) Fridge Riach Barnard passed away December 19, 2015, in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Sandy was born on May 26, 1929, in Whittier to Thomas and Irene Riach. She spent her childhood in San Marino, and her teenage years in Laguna Beach, graduating from Laguna Beach High School in 1946. She went to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and then to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a degree in Biology in 1950. Sandy married Roger Conant Barnard in 1952.
Sandy was well-known for her leadership in the South Pasadena branch of the Girl Scouts of America and for her work in the Episcopal Church. She attended Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, earning her Master’s degree in Divinity. She moved to the Central Coast in order to be ordained in 1986. She served as an Episcopal priest in churches in Atascadero and Los Olivos. She assisted at churches along the Central Coast and started a mission in Nipomo. Sandy was also heavily involved in Christian humanitarian organizations.
Sandy was preceded in death in August 2012 by her beloved husband of 60 years, Roger. Sandy is survived by her beloved sister Faith Kundert, and four children: Martha Mendez (Mike), Thomas Conant Barnard (Sheila), Daniel McRae Barnard (Virginia), and Silva Will (Tim); and eight grandchildren, Hilary, Germaine, Lily, Shelby, McKenzie, Carlin, Garrett, and Cameron.You can find the complete original obituary on this website.