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Sandra Elaine CarnellPassing: January 8, 2024


Bedford Free Methodist Church

Funeral Service

Friday, January 12th @ 1:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Thursday, January 11th @ 4:00pm-7:00pm

Friday, January 12th @ 11:00am-1:00pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Friday, January 12th

MITCHELL – Sandra Elaine Carnell, 84, passed away Monday, January 8, 2024, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born March 19, 1939, in Bradford, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Elmer T. and Alyne (Taylor) Garwood.  Sandy married Samuel S. Carnell on December 24, 1958, and he survives.

Sandy and her husband were owners of Ben Franklin/ACE Hardware in Mitchell from 1976 -2020.  She was an active member of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa.  Sandy enjoyed studying the Bible and journaling.  Sandy was a member of the Bedford Free Methodist Church.  She also enjoyed being outside; swimming, recumbent trike riding, skiing, working in flowers, gardening, and traveling.  Sandy loved her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. 

Surviving are her husband, Samuel S. Carnell of Mitchell; children, Samuel Stewart (Sherry) Carnell of Commerce Township, Michigan and Suzanne Elizabeth (Marvin) Patton of Mitchell; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Zach) Sons, Heather (Travis) Dearman, Emily Carnell, Amelia Carnell, and Samuel Scott Carnell; great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Colton; and siblings, Nancy Stover of Battlement Mesa, Colorado and Mary Lea Edel of Emporium, Pennsylvania.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, at the Bedford Free Methodist Church with Pastor Adam Strauser and Pastor Scott Salm officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 11, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the Bedford Free Methodist Church.

A Tri Kappa memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Celebrate Recovery, c/o Free Methodist Church

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17 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Deb Cory | Indianapolis IN
    Date: January 15, 2024
    Suzanne and Marvin and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. No matter how grown up we are, it’s never easy to lose one’s mother. Prayers for God’s comfort in the days ahead. God bless you.
  2. Guest: Beth Doub | Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 12, 2024
    Prayers for Suzanne, Marvin and family. Sorry for the loss of your mom Suzanne. Praying for comfort and strength.
  3. Guest: Mary Lea Edel | Emporium, PA
    Date: January 12, 2024
    Our sister Sandy was the “middle child”. We had our ups and downs as families do. We have always stayed close as families. We enjoyed family vacation time in the south, north country and out west. I am so thankful we spent time together this past September. Now God has called her home. Rest In Peace my dear sister Sandy. My sympathy goes out to Sam and her children and grandchildren. Never to be forgotten.
  4. Guest: Nancy E Stover | Battlement Mesa CO
    Date: January 11, 2024
    My sister, Sandy, had a heart for the Trinity: God the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. She had a heart for people that was bigger than all outdoors!! I will miss her dearly. Praying for Sam and all her family and friends.
  5. Guest: Steve and Selma Cobb | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: January 11, 2024
    We will miss her always present sweet smile. We always enjoyed listening to her singing hymns with her strong soprano voice.
  6. Guest: Joy Hoffmeister | Battlement Mesa, Colorado
    Date: January 11, 2024
    Dear family, I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss. I know she loved Jesus and she is with Him because she placed her hope of eternal life in Him alone. What a beautiful comfort! Uncle Sam, we’re all so very thankful that we were able to see you and Aunt Sandy for a visit last Fall. Always appreciate the time spent with you both. God blessed us with a very special aunt and I know, as Suzanne said, “She’s having the time of her life”! Praying for you all, and love you!
  7. Guest: Sue and Pat McCune | Greencastle IN
    Date: January 10, 2024
    Our prayers for Sam and his family. We will never forget the help that Sandy and Sam gave us when we had our accident. We still talk about going to gift shows with them. Such a fun time of our lives.
  8. Guest: Stephanie Edel Malizia | DuBois, PA
    Date: January 10, 2024
    Uncle Sam, Stu, and Suzanne, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Sandy was always so thoughtful and kind. We were so glad to see her in September and we will cherish the memories. May she rest in peace.
  9. Guest: Roger Davies | Hadleigh, UK
    Date: January 10, 2024
    Sam, Stu & Suzanne. My condolences to you and your whole family. Many happy memories of my time with you all during my exchange year. Sad to lose one of my host 'mums'.
  10. Guest: Keely Thomas | Grove City, OH
    Date: January 9, 2024
    Suzanne and Family, My condolences of the passing of your Mom! So many memories of her while walking into the store with Dad. She’s in wonderful hands and at peace. May God bless and comfort you at this time.
  11. Guest: Mary Lagle | Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 9, 2024
    So very sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Pauline Lagle
  12. Guest: Kathy Bolton | Mitchell IN
    Date: January 8, 2024
    So very sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing! She was a kind lady and always had a beautiful smile!
  13. Guest: Gretchen Niflis Loman | Columbus, IN
    Date: January 8, 2024
    I am sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady and friend. Always a sweet smile.
  14. Guest: Gretchen Niflis Loman | Columbus, IN
    Date: January 8, 2024
    I’m sorry for your loss. Sandy was a sweet lady and friend. Always a kind smile.
  15. Guest: Betty Hancock | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: January 8, 2024
    So sorry for your pain & loss. Sandy was so nice & pleasant to the customers & everyone she knew. Remember the good times.
  16. Guest: Jackson J Williams | Mitchell
    Date: January 8, 2024
    I am sorry for your loss. My mother, Judy, spoke of Sandy often.
  17. Guest: Kim Ferguson | Mitchell in
    Date: January 8, 2024
    I’m so sorry to see that your wife and mother has passed away. Prayers to you all. She was a sweet lady.