Sandra Palmer

March 25, 2014

By Contributor

April 13, 1937 – March 9, 2014

Born in San Francisco, Sandra “Sandy” Palmer was the only child of Dorraine June Elgin and Ralph Somers Roy. She was raised in San Rafael, Calif., and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School, then attended the College of Marin, where she met her first husband, Orville Hubbard. They moved north to Seattle, where Sandy was employed by The Boeing Co.

Sandra Palmer

Sandra Palmer

Sandy moved to High Point, Issaquah, in 1962 with her second husband, Robert Hanson. They raised three children there. She was also a member of High Point Mission Church.

In 1969, the family moved to Pine Lake. Sandy was involved with the PTA and enjoyed being a Bluebird leader. She fulfilled a longtime wish to own her own horse named Clem and enjoyed horseback riding — a highlight being a weeklong horseback riding/camping trip with girlfriends.

In 1976, Sandy moved to Carnation with her third husband, Ray Palmer. She added three stepchildren to her family, Debbie, Sue and Rip. She enjoyed living on a farm with a variety of animals and loved having more horses around her.

After Sandy’s children were grown, she worked for the Issaquah District Court and the city of Issaquah where she formed many close friendships. She loved fishing and looked forward to her annual summer trek to northern B.C. and Alaska to fish there. She went parasailing, loved collecting and polishing rocks, gold panning and her beautiful garden. She also loved the ocean and collecting seashells.

After retiring to Moses Lake, she began quilting with her daughter, Heidi. She made many beautiful pieces for family and friends. She volunteered, making quilts for children through the organization Linus.

Sandy bravely battled cancer without complaint and spent last summer at Liberty Lake with extended family and friends.

Sandy is survived by her children Rod Hanson, of Guerneville, Calif., Jeanne Hanson, of Snohomish, and Heidi Farmer, of Liberty Lake; and seven grandchildren, Sally Hanson, Lily Hanson, Tara Flood, Jake Flood, Micah Flood, Katie Farmer and Nick Farmer.

She is also survived by her devoted companion of 18 years, Jack Miller.

At Sandy’s request, there will be no services.

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