Sandra
Passed away Jan. 10, 2007, at her home in South Lake Tahoe. Born Sandra Pauline Knutson on July 19, 1949, to Anell and Hank Knutson in Venice, Calif., she had lived in South Lake Tahoe since the early 1970s. Sandy worked for Caesars Tahoe casino for nearly 28 years as a cocktail waitress. Sandy was a part-time student taking classes almost every year. Whether she was taking exercise, typing, horticulture, philosophy, or medical terminology classes, she always was inspired to use what she learned. She even worked as a landscaper when she first moved to the area. Sandy loved animals and spent a lot of time with her canine companion, Basqueo. and horse named Diggy that she rode on trails, cattle drives and showed at the local horse shows. She was always supportive of local events and was even on the judge's panel of the Carson Valley Days parade. She is survived by her father, Henry J. Knutson Jr. of Gardena, Calif.; brothers, Kenneth G. Knutson of Frazier Park, Calif., and Henry (John) Knutson III and his wife Cynde of Gardena; and nieces and nephews, Andrea Lynn, Dawn Marie, Olivia, Peter, James and their families. Her mother, Anell, preceded her in death. All were blessed to know her and She is greatly missed by her family and friends. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, January 28, 2007 from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to A celebration of life ceremony will be held on her behalf at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007 at the residence of Joyce and Steve Lang, 1016 Marsha Lane, Gardnerville, Nev. There will be a potluck luncheon served and all family and friends are invited to attend. Please come and share your times with and memories of this exceptional person.

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  1. My aunt Sandy was always the most sprightly, and vivacious person I know. And though I didn’t spend tons of time with her. I was always very excited to see her smiling face. And that is one smile I will miss until we meet once again in the heavens above. I love you Aunt Sandy.

  2. You took me to Disneyland for the first time; you always picked me up and swung me around with a big hug to say ‘hello’…even when I was really too big; you shopped with me for my wedding dress. You were truly a “great” Aunt to me and recently became a “Great” Aunt to Sarah. You are deeply missed.

  3. Sandy and I worked together for many years. She was always the mother of the cocktail waitresses. She was so loving and kind. She always cared about everyone. She loved the seasons. She did not like winter so much she could not walk her dog as much then. She was loved by so many that these small words could not convey even the slightest feelings that people felt for her. She will be missed. Love Sally

  4. Sandy and I worked together for many years. She was always the mother of the cocktail waitresses. She was so loving and kind. She always cared about everyone. She loved the seasons. She did not like winter so much she could not walk her dog as much then. She was loved by so many that these small words could not convey even the slightest feelings that people felt for her. She will be missed. Love Sally

  5. Yesterday I had a dream about dying, about laying to rest and then flying. How the moment at hand is the ONLY thing we ever own, and I lay in my bed and I wondered after all has been said and done for why is it thus we are here and so soon we are gone. Is this life just a path to the place that we all come from? Does the heart know the way? If not can it be found in a smile or a tear or a song? Can we truly fly on the wings of our dreams to a place where spirits will find us, and joy will bind us? We are ONE anyway. Anyway we are more than we seem. Such a gift as it has been given can never be taken away. As long as there are never alone; through the singer is now silent there still is truth and joy of HER song. The moment at hand is the only thing we ever own. Sandy I love you, I can never play golf again without you. Kiss… Dave

  6. I am the sister of Sandy’s best friend, Chris. I have known Sandy since she was in Junior High with Chris at Mark Twain Jr High. Sandy was a lovely, warm, giving person. She never complained about anything, and she loved everybody. She was great at making others feel caredfor. Sandy was the one who would be there after the party, cleaning up and doing the dishes. And making jokes while she worked. She was an angel and a cheerful spirit. I can’t believe she is gone, I just can’t. She will always be in my heart… Love you Sandy.

  7. Sandy gave me a recipe for a Jicama/Orange salad years ago, and I brought that to this memorial to honor her memory. She was such a cheerful and upbeat person – what an inspiration.

  8. sandy was one of my best friends. we shared many days of riding horses and endless hours of laughter. I lived through her stories of her experiences at the casino. It is hard to imagine a life without this wonderful friend. I hope to be able to meet up with her again one day and go riding with her and Diggy again. Happy trails Sandy I love you and miss you and will never forget. Your friend Kim.

  9. Sandy was my friend in horses. Her very great Diggy lived at my house for many years. Kim and Sandy and I went to horse shows and great times. I miss Diggy as he died last year, but now I know Sandy and Diggy are together. It is some comfort for the loss of a fine woman.

  10. Long ago, Sandy and I were sisters-in-law for several years. She was a caring aunt to my daughter and always fun to be around. I’m so sorry for her too-early passing and the loss to her family and friends.

  11. I met Sandy in May of 2006, and in that short period of time I got to see how nice,caring and fun person she was, she gave the best of her to all her friends and I know she will be remember with all of our hearts. It was very nice knowing you Sandy, Rest In Peace.

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