Sandra Joy (Barnes) Maginnis

May 7, 1953 ~ October 20, 2018 (age 65)
Sandra J. “Sandy” Maginnis, 65, of Waynesboro, PA, passed away after a five-year battle with metastatic breast cancer on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at her home. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert M. Maginnis Jr., two sons, Adam and Michael and two grandchildren, Gabriel and Elora, and their mother, her daughter-in-law, Stacy Bressler Magainnis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vivian (Rohrer) Barnes and Jack Barnes. She is also survived by two brothers, Kim and Roger Barnes and Roger’s wife, Sherry. She grew up in Chewsville, Md., where she learned to love the outdoors. Because back in those days youth league baseball allowed only boys in its ranks, she played in a local woman’s softball league. She also liked to bicycle, walk and hunt for mountain mushrooms, also known as morels. She was among the first women to gain membership in The Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspapers’ local of the International Typographical Union. Employed at The Herald-Mail for more than 30 years, she eventually became a graphic artist, designing advertisements for a wide variety of products and events. She won a Best in Show from the Maryland Delaware-D.C. Press Associations’ annual advertising contest, for an ad promoting voting. Above all, she loved her family. For more than 30 years she held an annual family Christmas Eve party featuring her own home-made specialties. She also organized and held summer volleyball parties, which also included food she had prepared herself. She shared her mother’s love of wildlife, including songbirds, deer, wild turkeys and pheasants. Quick with a joke, she was happy to make fun of herself, if doing so would get a laugh from the group, which often included her beloved cousins, Linda Norris and Kassie Symonds. She made funny faces and made up nonsense words to entertain her grandchildren, who called her Mee-Maw and jumped into her lap — or onto her back — at every opportunity. She was also generous, even with people she did not know. If she heard someone’s refrigerator had quit working and they didn’t have the money to replace it, she was always ready to pitch in a few dollars to buy another one. As the end of her life approached, she was not sad or maudlin, saying that “I’ve had a good life.” One of her last wishes was to see the ocean one more time and she was able to do so, a few weeks before she died. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 1:00pm at J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, MD, with Rev. John Schildt officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 12-1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Sandra Maginnis to the Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley Inc. at or 12916 Conamar Dr. Ste. 201 Hagerstown, MD, 21742. Online condolences may be offered at,
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