Sandra “SanDee” Lee Bourke, 76, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away on November 22, 2022. She was born on November 7, 1946, in Charlotte, N.C., to the late William and Myrtle Holden Thornburg.

SanDee was a talented interior decorator and also enjoyed her career in real estate. She enjoyed creating flower arrangements and wreaths, and she was a great cook. SanDee was a force in her family, and they all loved her immensely. Her favorite hobby was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a kind and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,  and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, SanDee was preceded in death by her brother, Rick Thornburg.

She is survived by her children, Bill Bourke Jr. (Monica) and Christy Bourke Ross (Jeff); grandchildren, Madison Cory and Christian Bourke (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Lacy, Braxton and Myla Beau Cory; sisters, Gena Hawley (Steve) and Debbie Stavrakas (Buddy); nieces and nephews, Rick Thornburg (Donette), Shane Thornburg, Bill Stavrakas (Victoria), Chris Stavrakas, and LeeAnne Stavrakas; great nephews and niece, Holden Thornburg, and Jack and Emma Stavrakas; and sister-in-law, Susie Thornburg.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, N.C., with Eddie Karriker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mooresville Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad Street, Mooresville, NC 28115.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Bourke family. Condolences may be made to the family at

3 thoughts on “Sandra Lee Bourke

  1. Jamie Boston Stone says:

    It’s hard to believe she’s gone. She was such a happy, fun, beautiful classmate. Sandee was back home years ago for a Bartlett High reunion. She was just as beautiful then as in 1965. She was loved by everyone. I pray Billy and Christy, her grands and great-grands feel peace in knowing she will be remembered for the bright light she was. Sincerely 🙏🏻

  2. What a beautiful person she was! I’m so sorry for her kids and grandkids!! Fly high sweet friend!🙏🏻❤️❤️

  3. Ted Blackwell says:

    I just made contact with SanDee about two weeks before she passed away… we chatted back and forth about high school…I told her she was still as pretty as she was in high school…and how we thought she was the prettiest cheerleader ever!

    In her own words, “What’s so funny Ted is I never knew I was pretty.”

    That breaks my heart, but it also shows how sincere SanDee was. God Rest Your Pretty Soul, my friend!

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