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Sandra Carol Steele

May 23, 1937 ~ November 28, 2022 (age 85) 85 Years Old

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It is with great sadness we share that our Mother/Grandmother/Great grandmother Sandra Carol Steele passed away peacefully on Monday November 28.

Sandra was born in San Diego, Ca to Hollis and Carol Arthur. She has one brother, Admiral Stanley Arthur. She lived a short time in Hawaii then moved to Jackson, Ohio where she lived until moving to California with her husband and young family. Growing up in Jackson was wonderful. She made life-long friends and loved her Ohio family deeply.

Sandra was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, Bill Steele. She was a widow for 25 years and during that time, she was a pillar of strength for her family. She was the epitome of style and grace, and always conducted herself with class.

She was a loving and devoted mother to four children, Kimberly, Sherry, Diana and Rusty. Grandmother to five, Sandra, Brittany, Dylan, Katlyn and Zachary. Great Grandmother to Mackenzie, Naomi and Ford. She was her kid’s biggest fan. She never missed a sporting event or a school function. She always made you feel good about just trying your best. Always told us we were the best, even when we weren’t.

Sandra’s biggest focus was her family. She was always there for support. Her grandkids brought her much joy. Whether taking them to the mall to ride the carousel, to the creek to catch polliwogs, listening to her rant and rave over the 49ers, or just spending the day in her backyard, any day or conversation with grandma was always a good one. She was always loving and supporting when you needed it most. Always happy to see your face or hear your voice, and not afraid to let you know.

She was a woman of many talents. As a young lady she was known to be quite the marksman with her rifle. She was a gifted painter in many mediums. We will cherish the paintings of Winnie the Pooh and the many statues, bird houses and trinkets she made with love. She was a great cook and she enjoyed sharing her recipes with family and friends. Her house was always immaculate and decorated for every occasion. She went all out for all the holidays. Even her Christmas gifts for this year are wrapped, organized and ready. She ran a Kung Fu Academy with her husband in Livermore for many years and earned a Black Belt.

She loved nature hikes, shopping, wine, and the San Francisco 49ers. Every Sunday during football season you could find her in her favorite 49er apparel rooting for her team. She had been a fan since the Jon Brodie days and her favorite player was Joe Montana.

Her favorite place was Cambria. She and her husband shared a love of this seaside town and traveled there often. In later years, she arranged for the whole family to go numerous times to share in her appreciation of its beauty and what it meant to her.

She loved helping people. After her husband’s death she became a volunteer at the hospital that cared for him. She felt she needed to give back, and she did. She was a longtime volunteer at Tracy Interfaith food bank. She would tell us of the people she met there and how nice it was to be able to help them. Many times, she would get to know them, and she would go in the back and find their favorite items and make sure the people had what they wanted. She wanted everyone to have a treat and to feel special. She tried her best to make that happen for everyone. Many thanks to all of the people she met there. You enriched her life more than you will ever know.

A special thanks to Terry Lamb. We are grateful for the friendship you had with her. You traveled to places and showed her things she would not have seen. Your friendship and companionship added value to her life. To all of her friends and acquaintances, thank you for the friendships and times that you shared. She valued people and friends over things, and you all made an impact in her life.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Tracy Public Cemetery, 501 East Schulte Road, Tracy, CA.

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Tracy Public Cemetery
501 E. Schulte Rd
Tracy, CA 95376

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