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It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share Sandra (Sandy) Zimmerman Smith passed away on July 19, 2021 surrounded by family. She fought a courageous battle against lung cancer(a scourge of human existence). She attacked the cancer with all her might; unfortunately, the odds were not favorable and she succumbed to its brutal wrath. We can not express fairly how greatly she will be missed.
Sandy was born June 9, 1960 in Williamsport, PA to her parents, Doris Funck Klobe and Irvin Zimmerman. She is survived by her husband, Murray Smith, of 36.5 years, her children Erin Smith (Lee), Bailey Rood (Brett) and by her 3 siblings Tom Zimmerman (Patty, niece Stacy), Barb Eagan (Jim) and Sue Morris (Derek, nephew Tony). Her parent in-laws, preceded in death, Dean and Carol Smith. She is also survived by her in-laws Jeff Smith (Dawn, nieces Tatum and Shelby). Ellen De La Cruz (Ruben, nephew Sam). Step siblings Cathy and Scott Moll and Nancy. And many aunts, uncles, cousins, and super loving friends.
Sandy grew up in Cogan Station and Williamsport, PA. She graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 1978 and WAAC (Penn College) earning an Associate’s Degree in 1981.
In 1982 she moved to Vista, CA and started her career in Home Health Care. She always loved caring for people. During this time she met her soul mate Murray Smith. “It may sound like B/S. but I fell in love with her at first sight. I called it love at first sight and Sandy called it lust at first sight. The love endures,” expressed Murray. They married in 1984 and had two beautiful children Erin (1989) and Bailey (1992). She considered motherhood and being a wife her greatest achievements.
She was a wonderful mom and stayed actively engaged in PTA, brownies, girl scouts, educational programs and art programs. We are so proud of the women the girls have become.
After raising her children she developed her own home based businesses in antiques, beads and gemstones. She loved taking her beads and gems to rock and minerals shows throughout the southwest.
She loved nature and worked as a docent at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. She loved traveling to different parts of the world and throughout the USA, but especially enjoyed hiking at Bryce Canyon, Sedona, and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Her and Murray loved kayaking on the lakes and collecting ocean sea glass.
Sandy was non-judgmental, a great cook, cookie baker, German chocolate maker, chocoholic, bead and gem lover, reader, and a lover of the arts. Her favorite music was soft rock which she often sang loudly, albeit, not usually in tune.
Sandy was a loyal wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, in-law and friend. We all can remember her brilliant smile and her beautiful spirit. A neighbor described her as the nicest and most genuine person he had ever met. We all agree.
"In lieu of flowers you may make a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society"
To Attend to Sandy Tributes please contact Murray Smith at (650) 490-0151