With broken hearts and joy we said goodbye to Sandy Kay (Smith) Wolfe on May 4, 2013. After suffering almost three years with ALS, she was peacefully set free into Jesus’ arms. We are sad, but glad for her to be whole, healed & happy again, dancing with her daddy in Heaven!
Sandy was born in Shore Acres, Wash., (near Everett) on Feb. 4, 1945 to Hazel Ella (Holland) and Wesley Sylvester Smith of Index, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Wesley (Ron) and Steven Smith.
She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Michael; two daughters, Laurie (Jim) Johnson and Michelle (Steve) Klock; a son, Chris (Michelle) Wolfe; grandchildren Sarah, Kristen, Maddy, Daniel, Kathryn, Nicole, Amy, Aidan, Dakota and William; a great-grandbaby on the way, Bailey Grace; four sisters, Nancy (Jim) Locke, Janice Sue Gowen, Judy (Ron) Schirman and Merry Ann Barnhouse; a brother, David (Pam) Smith; a sister-in-law, Susan (Paul) Hayduk, two brothers-in-law, Jim (Tim) Wolfe and Ed (Cheryl) Wolfe; numerous nieces and nephews; and her very devoted “cat kids” Rusty and Allie.
Sandy grew up and attended school in Index, Wash., and graduated from Sultan Union High School in 1963. She met Mike on a blind date in August that year. A handsome sailor, he swept her off her feet. They eloped to the “Hitching Post” in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, six weeks later.
Laurie, Michelle and Chris came along while Sandy was a Navy wife. After their service they moved to Deer Park (40 years ago) to work with Mike’s parents at Wolfe Hardware, eventually purchasing the business.
Sandy and Mike retired in 1994 to enjoy many years of Washington State University Cougar football games, camping and traveling. Sandy passionately loved her grandkids, family, friends, cats, hummingbirds, yard sales, thrift stores, TOPS, Bunco, chocolate, taking care of everyone and being in charge! She served the community in many ways including the Deer Park High School Booster Club, blood donor, Mary Steele Dog Walk, Settlers Day Honored Couple, wife of the mayor for eight years, Meals on Wheels, Greenhouse volunteer, Toys 4 Tots, Coats 4 Kids and more.
Sandy had a big heart that filled her whole body and burst out to touch everyone she knew. Her generosity blessed so many as she lived her life. She is greatly loved and will be terribly missed, until we’re together again!
Many thanks to family, friends, classmates and all those who have prayed, loved and supported Sandy and family.
Special thanks to those who visited Sandy throughout the illness, her nurses and aides from Providence VNA and Hospice of Spokane, the ALS Associatiin for invaluable equipment, Dr. Basil M. Griffin, M.D. and Linda Clarkson for going above and beyond, and Kim Predisik of Micah 6:8 Ministries for special music and humor that got Mike singing and Sandy smiling! We’re blessed by all of you!
A memorial service will be on Saturday, May 25, at the Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church (205 N. Main St.) at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Daniel Berg officiating. A reception will be at the Deer Park Civic Center (315 E. Crawford). In honor of Sandy being the ultimate WSU Cougar fan, crimson and gray attire is suggested. “GO COUGS!”
In lieu of flowers the family asks for gifts to any of Sandy’s favorites: Greenhouse/Food Bank (P.O. Box 280, Deer Park, WA 99006); Spokane Humane Society (P.O. Box 6247, Spokane, WA 99217); Hospice of Spokane (P.O. Box 2215 Spokane, WA 99210); Micah 6:8 Ministries (12021 E. Heglar Road, Mead, WA 99021); ALS Association (19115 68th Ave. S, No. H-105, Kent WA 98032); Index Fire Station (P.O. Box 64, Index, WA 98256); Toys 4 Tots; or Coats 4 Kids.