Sandra Lee (Anderson) Pascua, 59, of Sunnyside passed away on Monday, May 2, 2011, in Sunnyside.
She was born Sept. 28, 1951, in Everett to Arthur G. Anderson and Ardelle Foss Anderson.
Sandra was raised in the small town of Silvana, and with her older sister, Judy enjoyed the life of rural American children. Her parents were industrious, and they purchased the farm carved from the Northwest wilderness by Arthur's
Norwegian immigrant father, Eric.
Sandra's youth was one of sharing farm duties, getting to know the critters, domestic animals, cats and dogs and other wildlife on the farm.
The Andersons farmed their 65-acre property, at times raising cows, peas and other crops on the banks of the Stillaguamish River.
The river was one of Sandra's loves, with the feel of its mud on bare feet along its banks, swimming the sometimes swiftly flowing water, the smell of her special place throughout the year.
Her family built "Art's Trailer Park", consisting of over 60 recreational rental spaces along the "Stilly" River.
She counted her childhood friends on the fingers of one hand and so she remembered fondly the days in the 1950s and 60s with Jane, Char, Marianna, and Chris.
For Sandra, enjoying life also meant visiting with first cousins, Claudia and Jana in Quilcene, family vacations in Seaside, Ore., where her father was once the lighthouse keeper for the Tillamook Lighthouse during his WWII U.S Coast Guard days, 4-H exhibits with her sewing and cooking skills and school.
She also took care of her special nephew, Gary Anderson.
Education was the second of Sandra's lifetime loves. In Silvana, Sandra grew up in the proverbial one-room school house, where all the children from first to sixth grade were educated by one teacher, and where the older children helped to instruct the younger ones.
She went on to Arlington High School, where as a top ten student she graduated in 1969. She began her college career at Western Washington University in Bellingham in 1969.
Sandra was struck with the passion of education.
She majored in education and minored in Spanish at Western, and did her student teaching in South Seattle in 1972.
That year was also the one in which she found the third love of her lifetime, Reynaldo Pascua at Western, who was from Wapato. After her graduation from Western in June 1973, they married in Seattle and lived a live of adventure and love for what would have been 37 years this July 14.
They began their careers, Sandra as a kindergarten teacher, and Rey as a state caseworker in Toppenish in 1973. For three years, Sandra taught in a tri-lingual program which featured instruction in English, Spanish, and Yakama Indian languages.
She then taught at St. Edward Pre-school in Seattle and then began a 24-year kindergarten teaching career in the Sunnyside Public Schools in 1986. She was able to complete her Master's education at Heritage College.
Her love of students was marked by her respect for the background of all her students, by an expectation that parents are the ultimate teachers for their children and hold a responsibility to assist the teaching professional in that, and the power of creativity in teaching.
She loved the saying "One generation plants the trees,
the next enjoys the shade" in all her endeavors.
Sandra and Rey have three children. Tiffany was born in 1976, and is an educational specialist at Seattle University, Matthew was born in 1980, and is an airline pilot working with Mesa Airlines in Phoenix, Ariz. Matt married Berenise Garcia on May 22, 2010.
Sandra was Rey's life partner. They had an equal passion in giving back to our Yakima Valley community, especially the Filipino American Community. In the work with this hard-working community, Sandra was truly "The Wind Beneath My Wings" during Rey's 25-year career as a officer and board member of the organization.
Sandra Lee Pascua died on the morning of May 2, 2011, at home.
She is survived by Rey and her three beautiful children; her sister, Judy Anderson; two loving sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Terry) English and Paula (Dan) Lyon; niece, Alisha (Tom) Snyder; nephews, Paul Frazier and fiancée Shawna, Carl and Nathan Lyon; aunt Leona; cousins Claudia and Jana; supportive aunties, Helen and Flora Pascua; and numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, and children in the extended family, which is the Filipino American Community.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and special nephew Gary.
She left us with the love and memories of many special teachings, organizing, and community events which she graced. She is especially honored by those former pupils who have now become teachers launched by the creativity found in her classroom and continued to be a comrade to the teaching community in Sunnyside to the end.
She fought gallantly for two years, enduring the pain wrought by the particularly vicious form of cancer, sarcoma. Prayers sustained her, her family held her up, and her many friends brought the courage to endure. Her faith was loving and strong.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 5, 2011, from 2 to 8 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary to be held at 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 6, 2011, at 11a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Sandra Pascua will be buried Monday, May 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the "Little White Church on the Hill" in Silvana.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.valleyhillsfh.com.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.