Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 5:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.
Sandra Loughan knew how to keep score. The grandmother of seven was an avid cheerleader of her grandchildren's athletic pursuits and kept her own paper scoreboard during Montgomery High basketball games.
“If the score was off, she'd let the scorekeepers know they were wrong,” said her daughter Kristine Stevenson. “They didn't question her, because they knew she would always end up being right.”
Loughran went to every game her grandchildren played whether it was Little League or basketball, often travelling up and down the state to watch them play.
“She would make sure to get a round of golf in wherever the away games were,” said her daughter, Kimberley Kobre. “But she never missed a single game.”
Loughran died on March 2 after a six month battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. She was 72.
Born in Fort Bragg to a candy salesman and his wife, Loughran spent most of her life in Sonoma County. As a child, she attended St. Rose School and Santa Rosa High, where she met her first husband, Daniel Morehouse.
Loughran competed in the Miss Sonoma County pageant in 1959, winning the title of Miss Congeniality.
She married Morehouse in 1960, two years after they graduated from high school. After having four children together, the couple divorced in 1972.
Loughran then went into medical field, working as a medical secretary until she met Linus Schwartz, whom she married in 1978.
“She was always so put together,” said her daughter Kimberley Kobre. “She was always dressed to the nines and no matter what she looked great.”
In 1988, Loughran pursued a lifelong dream to attend nursing school and graduated from the Santa Rosa Junior College nursing program in 1990 at the age of 50. She was hired at Warrack Hospital in Santa Rosa after graduation and worked there until the hospital's closure in 2006.
Loughran's husband died in 1991. Ten years later, she married Dean Loughran, the same year two of her daughters were married.
With her new husband, Loughran enjoyed pursuing golf and following golf pro Phil Mickelson. Her signed copy of Mickelson's Sports Illustrated cover was one of her prize possessions.
Toward the end of her life, her puppy Murphy, a King Charles Cavalier, comforted her through her illness.
Loughran is survived by her husband, Dean Loughran of Santa Rosa, her brother, Fred Perry, Jr. of Santa Rosa, her children, Kimberly Kobre of Santa Rosa, Karyn Morehouse of Boise, Kristine Stevenson of San Anselmo, Korin Morehouse of Santa Rosa and by stepchildren Janet White of New Orleans and Linda Barossi of Auburn. She also is survived by seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. March 16 at Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, 333 Country Club Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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