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Sandra Kaye Wollam
04/26/1952 — 03/18/2010
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Tacoma, Washington
Sandra Kaye Wollam
Sandra Wollam, 57, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on March 18, 2010 at her home in Richland, Washington. Sandy courageously battled cancer for two-years with dignity and grace. Cancer never defeated her; her body just gave out before she could heal. She is an example to all who loved her.
Sandy was born April 26, 1952 in Madigan General Hospital near McChord Air Force Base, Washington to John and Bonnie Lund. Sandy traveled the world with her family, as John was a United States Air Force officer. She lived in all four corners of the US and abroad, including Okinawa and Germany. As an Air Force brat, she attended 11 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating from Hug High in Reno, Nevada, in 1971. In spite of attending multiple schools, Sandy earned grades qualifying her as a member of the National Honor Society.
While living in Wapato, Sandy met her eventual husband, Frank McFarland. Sandy married Frank after his return from Vietnam. Sandy and Frank raised their daughters, Candace McFarland-Gratama and Tawnya McFarland-Long.
Sandy and Frank relocated their logging business from Elma to Naches in 1974 and pursued the logging industry for another four years. Frank took a job at Hanford, and they relocated to Benton City, Washington, where they raised their family. Sandy worked in the Kiona-Benton School District until 1982, at which time she took a position as a Chemical Technician at Hanford. She worked primarily at the 222-S Lab for 19 years before pursuing real estate, her true passion. Simultaneous to working at Hanford, in 1985, the family purchased and operated Wolfies Restaurant in Benton City.
During her career at Hanford, Sandy and Chris Wollam shared a vanpool, enjoying many conversations and friendship. After a few years, their life paths again crossed, and they reconnected. The relationship grew into a marriage that included two step sons, Patrick and Frank Wollam. Chris and Sandy remained married until her passing.
Sandy's passion in life included family gatherings, real estate, swimming, and hiking Badger Mountain. She enjoyed music, theater, and playing the accordion and piano.
Sandy is survived by her parents, Bonnie and John Lund; brother John Lund and sister Kathy Christopher; her husband Chris Wollam and former husband Frank McFarland; children Candace Pieter Gratama and Tawnya Long and former son-in-law Kevin Long; step children Patrick Wollam and Frank Jackie Wollam; seven grandchildren, Brittany, Tori, Spencer, Sydney, Nicolaas, Halle, and Brycen.
Sandy leaves a legacy of faith and love for family and friends. She was the core of the family and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege and opportunity of knowing and loving her.
A celebration of life will be held at Einan's Event Center located at Sunset Memorial Gardensat 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 24, 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude's Hospital for Children, the Tri-City Cancer Center, or the Hospice at The Chaplaincy.
Ronnie & I send our condolences to Sandy’s family. We met Candy and Tawny and children the other day as they came by to visit the house they grew up in – our home now. May God keep you in his care through this sad time.
For Our Precious Daughter Sandy
You made us so happy “Lil’ Buddy”
and we had so much fun together.
“Memor” our pact and we will see you soon. Love4Ever, Mom & Dad
I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words at this time to make you feel better. I just want you to know that Carl and I are praying for you. Peace be with you.
Phylis & I send our condolences to Sandy’s family.
May The Lord GOD our Father hold you
at this time of loss
Tawnya, Candy, and family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. There is nothing like losing your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tawnya and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I am so very sorry. Much love to you and prayers.
What a Doll…Heaven will be just that much better ! From an earthly family to a Heavenly family and in faith we’ll all be together again. Ann,Dan, and others are already waitin for you. You were 10 when you met Dan at 2 in Duluth!
Dear Tawnya, Candy & Family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I have very fond childhood memories of your mother’s kindness and her lovely smile. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Chris and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You have a wonderful family and I hope that helps bring each of you comfort.
Chris – I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please do not hesitate to call if I can do anything.
You be forever be in our Mustang Hearts!
I will always remember you as the sweetest and caring person in this world. I will miss you my friend.