Cassandra G Allen-Houpe

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On October 28, 2022, early morning, Cassandra G. Allen-Houpe (Sandi) answered the call of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Cassandra was born on May 21, 1965, in Columbus, Ohio to the union of A.C. Allen and Rose Mary Thomas Allen.

Cassandra was a graduate of Columbus Beechcroft High School and attended Franklin University. Sandi was a faithful and resolute member of the Saint Luke Baptist Church for 38 years. She was baptized in 1976 by Rev. Cortrell Terry. She knew Jesus was her friend, she frequently communicated with her savior during her illness.

Prior to her illness, Sandi served as the church clerk, financial secretary, printed media coordinator, and as a member of the women’s fellowship ministry.

To characterize Sandi, words such as quiet, learner, steady, giving, strong-spirited, warrior, fighter, courageous, and, most of all, loving, can all be used. Although shy by nature, Sandi, from an early age, was able to provide a patient and listening ear and found joy in engaging with others to help them along their individual paths toward achievement.

Sandi believed and followed Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”  She would courageously take on new challenges in her life knowing the Lord would protect and deliver her with His favor.

She is preceded in death by grandparents; Wille Mae Hughes, Horace and Mary Thomas, aunts; Doris Lipson, Edna Thomas, Patricia Bogan and Geraldine Polidore.

Sandi’s life was full and blessed. She leaves to cherish her memories a very devoted, loving, and caring husband; Roderick K. Houpe Sr., a loving and supportive son; Brandon Allen (Lauren Gleeson), Pastor A.C. Allen and First-Lady Rose Allen, brothers; Jerrell (Angela) Rucker, Arnold Craig Allen, sister; Stephanie (Nathaniel) Rayford, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and the Saint Luke Baptist Church Family.

Visitation 10am and Funeral 11am Thursday November 3, 2022 at MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn north on Lonsdale Rd.). Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.


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Condolence Messages

  1. So sorry for you loss!!!! Cassandra was such a sweet soul! Always had a smile and kind word! She will be missed

  2. Martha Cox & Family

    My Deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss.” “Words cannot express how saddened we are to learn of your loss.
    Cassandra was such a beautiful and sweet person she will be greatly missed.

  3. Terrhonda Culberson CKA Founder STORM

    My sister my auntie I will miss you so much I am so blessed to have met you. You are a true definition of a Chi Queen. I will never forget you, you will always be my #14 Allure of Chi Sigma Delta Sorority Incorporated. Rest my Queen til we met again. Love you

  4. Rod, you are in my thoughts and prayers my big bro. I will continue to stand with you. Brandon, may our FATHER comfort you and hold you in HIS arms of strength and comfort. Rev & Sis. Allen, Craig, Stephanie…HIS strength is perfect for you now as you lean into HIM. “Now unto HIM who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think, according to the power at work in us…” Rest Sandy…☝

  5. So sorry to learn of this loss to the Houpe family. May her memory always be a blessing for you.

  6. Dearest Rod, Brandon, and family, what an honor and privilege it has been to meet and know Cassandra cka Allure whom I affectionally called My Cassie. We vowed to keep one another accountable, remain faithful, and always keep it classy. Thank you for allowing me to share this precious gift given to you all from God. Thank you for allowing me to share in your world and home. I will miss our multi-daily talks, weekly visits, toast, laughs, and teachable moments. If ever some lessons I did learn, are to be a woman of your word, always be your sister’s keeper, stand in faith, and never quit! Know that you will always be family and that I will always be there for you whenever needed. Thank You! As Cassie and I would say ending our conversations and time spent together… I Love You.. Always & Forever…

  7. Gwendolyn Phillips

    Darling Cassandra G Allen-Houpe
    The Thomas and Phillips family offer condolences to Uncle AC, Aunt Rose, Cousin Roderick, Brandon, and her siblings. I know God will see you through this difficult time. She was strong and dedicated person in everything she did and that’s what we will remember about Cassandra. We will all miss her, yet we know that God desired her to rest from this world. We as the family lovingly called her Sandi and that’s who we will miss.

  8. Rod and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May you be comforted in this tough time by memories of happier times as a family!

  9. Sandi’s life was our families’ blessing and she shall never be forgotten.

  10. Allen Family, it’s difficult to find words but my condolences to my second family. We all grew up together and have such wonderful memories. When I loss my mother not long ago, Sandy said it was okay for me to share her mom…now it’s okay for her to share with mine. You will be missed.

  11. My condolences to the family. She was a beautiful woman and I enjoyed working with her. RIP my friend and you will truly be missed.

  12. Rod, You are in our prayers as you confront the loss of your dear wife. May God comfort you through the arms of your family and all who love and care for you. In your mourning, Peace be with you..

  13. Shawntel Lewis-Smith

    Rod, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy over the loss of your wife, Sandi. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Our family sends our deepest sympathies to you and your beautiful family and will keep you all uplifted in our thoughts and prayers for courage, strength and covering through this most difficult time.

  14. Bruno and Theresa Harris

    Dear Rod and Family,

    We are wishing you comfort and thinking of you at this difficult time. Bruno and I will miss Cassandra. She was a beautiful person and a special friend to us.

    Let us know if we can assist you in any way.

  15. Former H.S. Classmate

    To the Allen-Houpe Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Cassandra’s passing. You have my sincere condolences. I remember her from H.S. She was such a sweet and kind young lady. Although we weren’t close, whenever we crossed paths in H.S. and years after, she always made me feel welcomed like I was a “good friend!”

    May the Lord comfort and keep you in His loving arms as you process through your grief in the coming days, weeks and months.

  16. Vandhana Veerni

    Dear Rod and Family,
    May Sandi’s beautiful life and her strong faith be the anchors that guide you through these tough times. My sincere condolences and prayers for your family

  17. Gwendolyn Phillips

    Sandi, we will miss you yet God loved you more . You know have your wings

  18. Robert & Robin Menafee

    Rod and family. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Cassandra. She was such a beautiful and sweet young lady! We are happy that we had the privilege of being one of many friends in her life. May God comfort and keep you all in His loving arms during this time of sorrow. As hard as it was to see her go, we know that she is now resting in peace! May her memories last forever in your lives

  19. Sandy was such a beautiful spirit I am blessed to have met her and been apart of her life and her families. Fly high sandy boo love the baker family

  20. Sending my Condolences I remember our days at My Zion she was a sweet heart!!! Always had a pretty smile. Keeping you in my prayers ❤️

  21. Robert Jordan, Jr.

    Please accept my condolences and prayers for strength for the entire family.

  22. Serena Mitchell Henderson

    To the family, please forgive my lateness, but I am so sorry to hear of Cassandra’s passing. She and I worked together at the Secretary of State’s office. She was always such a quiet person, but that beautiful smile always lighted up the room. I’m in shock as I write this, but I will definitely pray for your comfort. God bless.

  23. To the Allen-Houpe Family…I am
    so very sorry to learn of Cassandra’s passing. Praying God’s comfort and strength to you all during your time of bereavement.

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