Sandra Jean McMains Charles – Mountain News : Obituaries

Sandra was born on July 5, 1944 in Mt. Vernon, Washington. She passed away at home on August 26, 2017 due to complications from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Sandy was 73 years old. Her father, Richard McMains and mother Signe McMains preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Robert Charles.

Sandy earned her Master’s degree in Consumer Economics/Retail from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education/Textiles from Stephens College, also in Columbia, Missouri. She graduated from high school in Stanwood, Washington in 1962. She also held a Lifetime Secondary Education Teaching Certificate and earned the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter. She worked in the personal lines insurance industry and later owned two children’s clothing stores and one women’s apparel store in Lake Arrowhead, California, where she resided for nearly 25 years. She and her husband Bob were lifelong friends for 56 years and met through membership in 4-H clubs, where Sandy engaged in sewing. She was a spectacular seamstress as well as a wonderful gourmet chef. She loved needlepoint.

Sandy also worked as a Regional Manager specializing in personal computer and printing technology. She became quite active in the merchandizing industry, handing multiple product lines in Southern California and Arizona. Sandy and Bob relocated from Blaine, Washington to Quail Creek in Green Valley, Arizona in 2014. She loved to travel and visited 49 different countries. She was active in genealogy, researching her family and traveling to Sweden to visit distant relatives.

Sandy loved her many friends and they loved her. She enjoyed swimming and boating, as well as the arts, including theatre, music and countless museums worldwide. Sandy was an energetic, loving, kind, intelligent, beautiful and caring person. She and Bob are members of Desert Hills Lutheran Church at 2150 S. Camino Del Sol in Green Valley, where a Celebration of Life will be held for Sandy on September 27th at 11:00am, followed by lunch. Sandy’s funeral will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Washington on September 6, 2017 at 11:00am followed by a reception/luncheon at the church. Graveside service will follow at Andersen cemetery.

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