Sandra Sydell Guice

July 16, 1957 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old

Sandra Guice Obituary

OBITUARY for Sandra Sydell Guice

Sandra Sydell Guice, age 66, transitioned from this life on Wednesday January 31, 2024 at the VA Medical Center in San Diego, California. She was born July 16, 1957 in Lima, Ohio to William L. (Bill) and Gladys M. Guice. Sandra graduated from Lima Senior High School June 6, 1975. In addition to her academic studies, she was very athletic (basketball, softball, volleyball, track and field, bowling, swimming, and golf), which continued into adulthood. She gave her life to Christ on November 6, 2022 and was a member of Philippian Missionary Baptist Church. She loved music and dancing, annual travels to Jamaica; she played the guitar, earned a black belt in karate, and simply enjoyed life to the fullest.

Sandra began her 21-year career in the United States Navy in October 1975 where she served in many ships and shore commands; and moved to San Diego in December 1985. In addition to her Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity assignment in San Diego, CA, her tours of duty have included: USS WATERFORD (ARD 5), USS HECTOR (AR 7), USS DIXON (AS 37), USS ACADIA (AD 42), AND USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45). Some of her shore commands included the following: Naval Facility, Keflavik, Iceland; Naval Communications Station, Nea Makri, Greece; Navy Recruiting District, Columbus, Ohio; Service School Command, Great Lakes, Illinois; Naval Training Center, San Diego, California; and Transient Personnel Unit, San Diego, California.

During Sandra’s illustrious career she also earned the following awards: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards), Navy Battle Efficiency “E” Award (five awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (five awards), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Oversees Service Ribbon, Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Expert Pistol Shot Medal. Some of her specialties included, IMA Electrical Shop Journeyman, Electrical Motor Rewinder, Military Police, and Navy Recruiter Canvasser.

After retirement from the U.S. Navy in November 1996, Sandra began a 25-year career with Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. She was an Electrical Engineer and quickly became the resident expert whereby her cell number was given to field service representatives and customers all over the world. She earned a 6 Sigma Black Belt Certification with Caterpillar and was a volunteer facilitator of a training program for female engineering students. Sandra developed an assembled electrical panel that continues to be utilized for training purposes in the assembly department. She further developed a tool that would lift the huge panels whereas before it was done manually, putting employees at high risk for injury. In the engineering department, Sandra developed a process to encase all wires into one cable to eliminate the need to hire welders and eliminated the need for conduit. All of these inventions saved the company tons of money and made other engineers’ and assembly workers’ jobs much easier.  At the mention of retirement, Solar offered Sandra company stock to stay for an additional three years. While she had plans to retire on her 65th birthday (July 16, 2022), she retired from Solar Turbines due to her illness, in December 2021. When she left Solar, three people were hired to replace her and they vowed to continue the culture she created.

Before departing this earth, Sandra sought to help others. She shared her battle with lung cancer at a medical conference in San Diego. She was the first to take the medication Krazati and discussed its benefits and side effects with over 300 doctors to help assist with any necessary improvements for better outcomes for other cancer patients. She loved deeply, had a kind and caring heart, fought for the achievement of others, and generously gave of herself and resources.

Sandra leaves to cherish her precious memory: her loving mother, Gladys M. (Willie James) McNeal of Lima, Ohio; four sisters: LaGracia M. Guice-Williams of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jocelyn K. Dansby of Houston, Texas, Alicia L. (Donald) Brew of Washington, DC, Andrea D. Guice of Lima, Ohio; one brother: William C. (Wil) Guice of Lima, Ohio; six nieces: Andrea (Parraize) Butler and Deondala Brew of Washington, DC, Diamund (Rikketta) McClinton of Waxhaw, NC, Kayla (Aaron) Wood of Newcaney, TX, Kenisha (Brandon) McKinney of Huber Heights, OH, and London Guice of Columbus, OH; six nephews: Broderick Williams, Burnette Williams, and Mark McClinton of Cincinnati, OH, Donald (Kirsten) Brew of Washington, DC, Malcolm (Olivia) McClinton of Jersey City, NJ, and Ethan Guice of Columbus, OH; six great nieces, six great nephews, special cousin: Kathy (Andrew) Jollivette of Missouri City, TX, special friends: Sheila Simpson, Minerva and Miquel Ramirez, and Joanne and Tony Stimus all of San Diego, CA, and a host of other relatives, friends, and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her father William L. (Bill) Guice, brother Gary L. Guice, and paternal and maternal grandparents.

Home Going Services will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. at Philippian Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Brian L. Monford, Sr. officiating.

Visitation/Wake services will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. also at the church.

Services entrusted to: JONES-CLARK FUNERAL HOME, INC.

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February 16, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Philippian Missionary Baptist Church
190 East Eighth Street
Lima, OH 45804

Funeral Service
February 16, 2024

12:00 PM
Philippian Missionary Baptist Church
190 East Eighth Street
Lima, OH 45804

Interment following Funeral Service
February 16, 2024

Woodlawn Cemetery
1751 Spencerville Road
Lima, OH 45805


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