ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mom, Gram, Grams, Grammy- Sandra “Sandi” Kipfer (Owens)(Armstrong), 75 years old, born on March 5, 1946, and passed away on April 29, 2021. We miss her dearly and will remember her forever.
Posted by Darlys Wells on May 31, 2021
Sandi and I met in High School. We hit it off right away as we had some things in common -- especially just wanting to enjoy life and have fun. We both had an adventurous spirit. Her personality was awesome, so full of life and laughter. I loved her laugh.. 
We lost touch after graduation, but did have a reunion with three other classmates in Yakima. (Will post picture later...)  Again, didn't keep in touch until about a year and half ago. We chatted on the phone often. We each had our own issues dealing with, but I knew I could call her anytime. When I had a bad day and called her she had be feeling better and laughing. I miss those talks. We were planning on getting together this summer. She talked a lot about her children and Grandchildren and was very proud of them.
I did go visit her when she was at Renton Rehab Center. I truly believe she
heard me by her movements. We all know life isn't fair sometimes. It's not
fair that Sandi was taken to soon from her family and friends. Friendship does not end at death. It is eternal. You will be missed dearly and always in my thoughts and prayers. Keep everyone laughing in heaven, until we meet again, friend. Love you, Darlys
Posted by Larry and Fran Irwin on May 30, 2021
Sandi was an amazing women who was filled with love, laughter and great adventures. She was so instrumental in our recovery from the very beginning. We cherished our friendship and will always remember her as a very dear friend. She will be missed by all those who knew her.
Posted by Darrell Weber on May 29, 2021
Sandi.may u rest in peace

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Posted by Darlys Wells on May 31, 2021
Sandi and I met in High School. We hit it off right away as we had some things in common -- especially just wanting to enjoy life and have fun. We both had an adventurous spirit. Her personality was awesome, so full of life and laughter. I loved her laugh.. 
We lost touch after graduation, but did have a reunion with three other classmates in Yakima. (Will post picture later...)  Again, didn't keep in touch until about a year and half ago. We chatted on the phone often. We each had our own issues dealing with, but I knew I could call her anytime. When I had a bad day and called her she had be feeling better and laughing. I miss those talks. We were planning on getting together this summer. She talked a lot about her children and Grandchildren and was very proud of them.
I did go visit her when she was at Renton Rehab Center. I truly believe she
heard me by her movements. We all know life isn't fair sometimes. It's not
fair that Sandi was taken to soon from her family and friends. Friendship does not end at death. It is eternal. You will be missed dearly and always in my thoughts and prayers. Keep everyone laughing in heaven, until we meet again, friend. Love you, Darlys
Posted by Larry and Fran Irwin on May 30, 2021
Sandi was an amazing women who was filled with love, laughter and great adventures. She was so instrumental in our recovery from the very beginning. We cherished our friendship and will always remember her as a very dear friend. She will be missed by all those who knew her.
Posted by Darrell Weber on May 29, 2021
Sandi.may u rest in peace
her Life
Sandra “Sandi” G. Kipfer (Owens)(Armstrong), 75, of Lind, WA, walked on to be with the Creator on April 29, 2021 in Puyallup, WA, following an unexpected medical event on Christmas Eve 2020 while she was in Yakima, WA.

Sandi was born in Yakima, WA on March 5, 1946 to James and Gerry Owens, and grew up on the Yakama Indian Reservation along with her older brother Jim. While growing up, Sandi worked long hours in the orchards along the Ahtanum and enjoyed spending quality time with her maternal grandparents Lawrence and Ruby Parks. Her Grandma Ruby had a great influence over Sandi’s deep appreciation for her native Yakama heritage which Sandi passed on to her children and grandchildren.

Sandi graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1964 before marrying her first husband, Richard “Dick” Armstrong and moving her family to California in the early 1970’s.Sandi enjoyed time as a homemaker and spending time raising her two children Shanna and Rick. Once her kids were in elementary school, Sandi was faced with the new challenge of being a single-mother and she successfully embraced the challenge head on. Sandi completed advanced technical teller training, was certified as a drug and alcohol counselor, attended the California Correctional Officer Academy, and completed extensive course work at the California State University Sacramento. Sandi had immense pride and worked hard her entire life exploring a number of different occupational fields. Her favorite job however was hands down her last—Grams aka “Grammy” to her three grandchildren!

Sandi always enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors from the ocean to the mountains and she was an avid big game hunter and fisherwoman. Once her kids were grown, graduated and out of the nest, Sandi moved back to Washington in the early 1990’s and met her husband Gary Kipfer in Goldendale before they embarked on Sandi’s life-long adventure of living in Alaska and Montana. Sandi and Gary spent several years making memories in Alaska and Montana before making their way back to Washington and ultimately settling down in Lind. In recent years Sandi was challenged with diabetes, but she never let diabetes slow her down. She enjoyed spending time in the Cascades at the family’s historic cabin on Chinook pass, catching up with her friends from high school, and staying connected with family and friends on Facebook or the telephone.

Sandi is survived by her loving husband Gary, brother Jim and his children, daughter Shanna and her husband Dale, son Rick and his wife Karyn—and the joys of her life—her three grandchildren, Brenden “Woog”, Vance, and Lauryn, and her numerous cousins. Sandi will be missed by her entire family and the hundreds of friends she made throughout her colorful life.

Sandi’s family is so grateful for the loving care and treatment she received from the Yakama Nation, Yakima Valley Memorial, Harborview Medical Center, and the entire care team at Rainier Rehabilitation. Due to the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service celebrating Sandi’s life and the spreading of her ashes will be scheduled at a future date. Memorial donations may be made in Sandi’s memory to either the National Indian Women’s Resource Center at: www.niwrc.org or the American Diabetes Association at: www.diabetes.org





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