Sandra K. Terbrak

Sandra K. Terbrak

Sandra K. Terbrak, 68, of Dongola, died at 12:31 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at Union County Hospital in Anna.

She was born on Nov. 17, 1950, in Anna, the daughter of Howard and Mary Ella Albright Powles. 

She had a heart for teaching. She taught school in Dongola and retired from there in 2013. 

She loved volunteering to teach the Star Lab.  She was infatuated with the stars and wanted to make sure that children would learn about the constellations. From the stars in the sky to the rocks on the ground, she had a love for nature and all of its beauty.  

She enjoyed a Cardinals baseball game from time to time and shooting pistols, though it was a little scary to shoot with her at times.  

Her heart was big and she would do anything to help someone. The last several years she devoted her life to taking care of her dad and her brother, Jeff.

She is survived by her father, Howard Powles of Dongola; brothers Stanley Powles (Gene Allison) of Golconda and Jeff Powles of Anna; a sister, Betty Powles of Anna; a son, Fred Terbrak (April) of Makanda; a daughter, Martina Terbrak of Carbondale; granddaughters Crystal Calhoun and Alyee Calhoun, both of Jackson, Mo.; soon to be great-grandmother of Ahriyah Calhoun; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ella Albright; a sister, Treva Powles; and a daughter, Crystal Terbrak.

A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, with the Rev. LaRue Parr officiating.  

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Alzheimer’s Association.  

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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