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Obituary - Sandra Verne Olmstead


Last updated 5/18/2020 at 7:08am

Sandra Olmstead

MESA, Ariz. - Sandra Verne Olmstead, 78, peacefully returned to our Lord early Monday morning, May 4, 2020, at her home in Mesa, AZ.

Sandy was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Lewistown, Fergus County, MT, to Thomas Willis and Jessie (Mackie) Baker Jr.

She married Ronald E. Olmstead after his discharge from the U.S. Navy.

After several years in Montana, the family relocated to Alaska, eventually retiring to Mesa, AZ.

Ron and Sandy were married 58 years.

Sandy was a woman of deep faith, a devout Catholic who trusted in God's plan for her. She enjoyed traveling, reading, working on crossword puzzles, and especially spending time with her two beloved grandchildren and family. She was a huge sports fan, particularly basketball. Sandy and her husband traveled extensively during the summers researching their early American history, with both family lines dating back to the early 1600s.

Sandy is preceeded in death by her parents, Tom and Jessie Baker Jr., her brother Don Baker of Lewistown, MT, brothers-in-law Bob Gaskill (Kathy and Jim Branden (Janet) of Havre, MT.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ron Olmstead of Mesa; her daughter LeAnne and husband Phil Murphy of Phoenix; son John and wife Louise (Jendrysik) Olmstead of Mesa; grandchildren Kevin and Lauren Murphy; sisters, Kathy (Jerry) Engleson and Janet Branden, and brother Tom (Debbie) Baker III, all of Havre, MT, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Fresenius Kidney Care East Valley for the loving and compassionate care given to Sandy during her last years.

A celebration of life will be held later in the fall.

Condolences can be expressed at http://www.mariposagardens.com .


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