Sandra "Sandy" Shumard Ledbetter


Obituary Notice

Sandra "Sandy" Shumard Ledbetter died Friday, May 07, 2004. She was born in Little Rock on Oct. 18, 1948, the daughter of Mildred Shumard of Little Rock and the late Frank Shumard, Jr. 

Sandy graduated from Hall High School in 1966, attended Arkansas State Teacher's College and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a BA in Art. She taught school at Fuller Junior High School, Miss Selma's, and Pulaski Academy where she won the award for Teacher of The Year her first year. 

She left Pulaski Academy to join President Bill Clinton in his comeback race for Governor. In 1984 Sandy under the Walter Mondale Presidential Campaign traveled with Joan Mondale. She was later assigned to their daughter Eleanor during the 1984 National Convention. In the fall of 1984 she left the Mondale camp due to her appointment by then Governor Clinton to become the first woman Executive Director of the Democratic Party of the State of Arkansas. In 1987 she resigned her position with the State to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Nursing in 1992. In that same year she was appointed, by Governor Clinton, to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees where she served as Secretary and chaired many committees. In 1993 she resigned from the board to work for Governor Jim Guy Tucker as his Senior Assistant. In 1998 she joined the University of Arkansas Medical Science Center and became Director of Special Services where she remained until her death. 

She is survived by her mother Mildred Shumard of Little Rock, one brother Frank Shumard of Kansas City, Kansas, three daughters; Talbot Cooley and husband Matthew of Houston, Texas, Shay Pearson and husband Andy and Mitzi Tiffee and husband Robby all of Little Rock, five grandchildren Joel and John Cooley, Will Pearson, Lawson Tiffee and Fortner Tiffee. 

Family will receive visitors from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 10, at 607 Cambridge Place.

There will be a funeral service Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church officiated by Reverend Vic Nixon. Parking will be available at War Memorial Stadium with shuttle service to the church. Burial will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park. 

In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to the University of Arkansas Medical Science Center, Special Services, 4301 West Markham Street, Slot 557, Little Rock 72205, or Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn, Little Rock 72205.

Register Book

  • Jon & Angela Jones 
    North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Sandy was a hard working, steadfast, and fun loving friend who will be missed by all those whose life she touched. My sympathy goes out to her family.
    Mary Jo Sullivan 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Sandra Pudinas 
    Bryant, Arkansas
  • Sandy and I were college friends at UCA. She was always kind and considerate. She will be missed . My heart goes out to her family.
    Richard McCauley 
    1934 Balearic Dr.
    Costa Mesa, California 62626