Leona Mae Sandvig, a resident of Inchelium, passed away on March 12, 2012 in Inchelium at the age of 72. Leona was born on April 25, 1939 in Wilbur, the daughter of Oscar Truman and Erma Mae (Gent) Lindstrom.
Leona moved with her family to Republic, where she began completed first grade. In her early years, Leona lost her father to a tragic truck accident. Her mother later remarried James â€śJimâ€ť Hamilton and he embraced the role as â€śDadâ€ť for Leona and her sisters. Their family then moved to Inchelium.
Leona graduated in 1957 from Inchelium High School and followed a work opportunity to Olympia. While in Olympia, she met Don Sheppard and together they were wed and began a family. They relocated to Phoenix, AZ, where she worked in the home and for IBM in circuit board solder and repair. After nearly 30 years with IBM, Leona retired. Following the death of her husband, Don in 2005, she stayed for a short time in GoldÂ¬endale before returning to Inchelium. Leona was then reunited with her high school sweetheart, David Sandvig. The olâ€™ spark between them soon ignited into a six-year marriage that began on Feb. 14, 2006 in their front room.
She loved to fish and spend time outdoors camping with famÂ¬ily. Leona was a gifted musician who entertained many with her rhythm guitar, piano and organ playing. She created many wonderful gifts with her crochet and knitting. Her role as a wife and friend could only be described in one sense, â€śWow!â€ť She loved deeply, offered her friendship without reservation and gave selflessly. Leona brought her family together with wonÂ¬derful Mexican meals and connected generations with her geneÂ¬alogy.
Leona was preceded in death by her son, Doug Sheppard; by step-sons, Mike and Monte Sandvig, and her brother, Raymond Hamilton.
She is survived by her husband, David Sandvig, at the home; son, Jeff Sheppard and wife, Loretta, Golden Valley, AZ; step-children, Marc Sandvig and wife, Stacey, Winnemucca, NV, Brian Sandvig and wife, Anna, Inchelium; Merna Sandvig, Bristow, OK; sisters, Judy Camp and Marie Lawrence, IncheÂ¬lium; grandchildren, Gloria, Sammy, Jeffrey, John, Shelby, Demi, Dave, Nick, Stan, Tyler, Hannah, Dillan, Logan, Delta, Clifton, M.J. and Misty; numerous great- grandchildren.
A public visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m., on Tuesday, March 20 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Inchelium ComÂ¬munity Church.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.