OBITUARY

Sandra Lynn Epp

July 12, 1940June 30, 2013
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Sandra Lynn (Brandt) Epp July 12, 1940 - June 30, 2013 A memorial service/ celebration of life will be held Monday, July 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church. Pastor Scott Dickson will officiate. A graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Mortuary at 9:00 a.m. with a visitation on Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sandra was born in Bakersfield to Henry and Esther Brandt who preceded her. She attended local schools Longfellow, Washington Jr. High and graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1958. She attended Westmont College and Tabor College receiving her B.A. in Elementary Education and graduate work at Fresno State University and California State University, Bakersfield where she was awarded the Outstanding Master Teacher Certificate. Sandra taught in Emporia City Schools (Distinguished - William Allen White School), Torrance Unified Schools, Kern County Superintendent of Schools (Deaf and Hard of Hearing children) and the Bakersfield City Schools for a total of 37 years. Sandra together with her husband started the Readyland/Heritage Schools in 1967 where she also was the Summer School Director in 1968. Sandra was the pianist at Heritage Bible Church (formally Mt. Vernon Mennonite Brethren Church) ad upon her return to Bakersfield she organized the Children's Ministry and served with her husband as the High School Youth Program Sponsors. Sandra taught at Pioneer Drive School (BCSD) for 32 years (Kindergarten) and was selected as a Mentor Teacher for many years and received the Outstanding Master Teacher Status 1996. Sandra also received the Outstanding Teacher Of The Year Award. She belonged to the California Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Gamma Professional Educators Association. Her love for music and singing inspired her to join the Westminister Choir at First Presbyterian Church and the Collegiate choirs for a number of years. While at Westmont College she taught school in Maui as a summer ministry program. At First Presbyterian Church she also was on the Prayer core team and belonged to the Clipper Club. Sandra and her husband traveled extensively throughout Canada, United States, Europe, and the Middle East, as US delegates to the World Federation of Health, Applied Psychology and the International School Psychology Congresses. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Werner H. Epp, Ed.D; son and daughter-in-law, Jarrell and Amanda Epp and their five adoring children: Jaston, Jarrett, Alexa, Jenner and Ainsley; brother and sister-in-law Gary and Marge Brandt; niece Jennifer Brandt Lanham (husband Steve and family); nephew Michael Brandt (wife Oriana and family) The family wishes to thank Dr. Margaret Ray and Dr. James Dunn and the tremendous staff at Cottage Hospital (6th Central) for the care given to Sandra during the past 20 years of treatment in Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, Sandra's family would like contributions to be made to First Presbyterian Westminster Choir, The Mission at Kern County or the California School Project.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, July 8, 2013
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January 17, 2015

Sandra Lynn Epp July 8,2013 Presented by Barbara Petker for Sandra's Life Celebration at the First Presbyterian Church.
"Live for today, but hold your hands open for tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God's love in every event, every circumstance,every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself".
Thinking of the name "Sandra" descriptive words come to mind.
S is for her smile. She was a joyful and happy person who radiated that joy with a pleasantsmile to those she met.
A is for appearance. Sandy came from a family that placed high regard on stylish and tasteful apparel. I'm speaking of New City Cleaners of course. No matter how she felt, Sandra always dressed well.
N is for natural. Sandra was not proud nor did she "put on airs", but her life was genuine, honest and sincere.
D is for dedicationto the welfare and education of children both as a teacher in our public schools and in church school. Sandra was a dedicated member of the prayer corps, a small group of women who meet weekly to pray for the expressed prayer requests of members and friends of the church. She was also a loyal member of Westminster choir.
R is for radiant. In spite of her health problems, Sandra radiated peace and a feeling of hope for the future.
A is for aware and accepting. She was aware of hewr conditionand accepted her situation without complaint or self-pity. She appreciated her doctor's guidance, care and friendship. She continually trusted her future to Jesus Christ, her Savior.
Sandy's life bore the fruits of the spirit in so many ways. Hers was a life filled with: love, joy,peace,patience,kindness,goodness,faithfulness and gentleness. She is an example to us all. A long time friend, Barbara Petker.

January 17, 2015

Presented at Sandra's Celebration of her Life on July 8th 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield by Barbara Petker.

Just last week I came across a quote of Barbara Johnson which reminded me of Sandy.
"Live for today, but hold your hands open for tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God's love in every event, every circumstance, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself".
Thinking of the name "Sandra" descriptive words come to mind.
S is for her smile. She was a joyful and happy person who radiated that joy with a pleasant smile to those she met.
A is for appearance. Sandy came from a family that placed high regard on stylish and tasteful apparel. I'm speaking of New City Cleaners of course. No matter how she felt, Sandra always dressed well.
N is for natural. Sandra was not proud nor did she "put" on airs'" but her life was genuine, honest and sincere.
D is for didication to the welfare and education of children both as a teacher in our public schools and in the church school. Sandra was a dedicated member of the prayer corps, a small group of women who meet weekly to pray for the expressed prayer requests of members and friends of the church. She was also a loyal member of the Westmisister choir.
R is for radiant. In spite of her health problems, Sandra radiated peace and a feeling of hope for the future.
A is for aware and accepting. She was aware of her condition and accepted her situation without complaint or self-pity. She appreciated her doctor's guidance, care and friendship. She continually trusted her future to Jesus Christ, her Savior.
Sandy's life bore the fruits of the Spirit in so many ways. Hers was a life filled with: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness. She is an example to us all.
Thanks for sharing her with us - Barbara Petker, her long time friend.

July 2, 2014

My dear Brother:
Be not dismayed, Remember Jesus Christ is near you. 1 John 5:4
This is the victory that overcomes the World, even our Faith.

When tears are close, there is one line I say: "The one who cares is not so far away." When all the room of life is dark to me, I tell myself, "His eyes can always see." When hope seems swept away and sad I roam, I whisper: "Peace--his hand will draw me home." (Margaret E. Sangster)
- Walter & Selma Epp (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Christine Meyer

July 1, 2014

Mr. Epp,

My thoughts and prayers have been with you as you come to the first anniversary of Sandy's death. I know it has been a difficult year for you. I have prayed for you throughout the year. I am glad I was able to spend a few minutes talking with you at the Doubletree recently. I trust God will continue to comfort and strengthen you throughout the years ahead.

Christine Meyer

Rita Fleischer

June 30, 2014

My Dearest Warren ~ my heart goes out to you for your loss of your dear Sandra.
We share the same sadness with the loss of our dear son. You look like you have a wonderful family. You have beautiful grandchildren. Rejoice in them and hold them dear to your heart as they grow up so fast. We have 10 beautiful grandchildren that we are so proud of. Erik will always be in our heart. We miss him so much. There isn't a day we don't think of him as I am sure you
do of your beautiful wife. Your photos show a close family. I guess we must
be grateful to have had the years we did with our loved one.
For us Erik is out of pain and in peace now.
We took flowers to him yesterday, his angle date.
I wish you peace and to let you know how much I care. Come talk anytime.

Lo Ree Ewing

May 18, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

February 24, 2014

Dear Mr.Epp,
We are extremely sorry to learn of the loss of your dear wife. Sandra Lynn,this past June. We commiserate on your heartache, knowing all the intense therapies she underwent to combat such a devastating disease, and its various metastases.
Sandra's experiences, as well as the attentive care you provided her, make AACR'S mission to prevent and cure cancer all the more vital for patients and their loved ones. We will send you the latest progress report for 2013.
We appreciate your taking the time to inform us about Sandra's passing and her valiant efforts to combat her illness. We will continue to remember her who so courageously battled this disease, serving as an inspiration to others and to our research team.
Kind regards,
Shawn M. Sweeney, Ph.D Project Leader
American Association for Cancer Research
Philadelphia Pa.

February 23, 2014

Mrs. Epp,
I love and miss you, Mrs.Epp. I'll always remember my kindergarten class. I'm leaving a Red Rose in a vial at Hillcrest Memorial Park on your "special grave site". Love always, Kacey.
















































































' on February 14

February 23, 2014

Dr. Epp-
I recently learned about the loss of your wife and wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Over the years, I wanted to make sure you knew, I have been deeply grateful to you. I celebrate silently to myself in a different kind of way on February 14. This is the date the judge stopped the madness and ended the custody trial. I hope you know you had a huge part in that positive decision-and say Thank-you everyday! My family today is blended - but life is good and just know Dr. Epp, I will never forget what you did for me and my girls.
You are truly a gift and I hope I thanked you enough. I wish upon you a blessed life and hope to see you someday. Thinking and praying for you with deepest sympathy. Bless you,Janine.

January 25, 2014

Dear Dr Epp,
Thank you for sending the news of Mrs. Epp's passing, along with the memorial service program. I had not yet heard the sad news and I am very sorry for your loss.
As you may remember, several of my children were blessed to be in Mrs. Epp's Kindergarten classes. Then I had the privileged of working with her as an instructional aide for eight years. What an enlightening experience that was. She had such wonderful ways of teaching, managing and disciplining the children. She did this through positive reinforcement, always. I think that I have never encountered a person with the patience and consistently positive attitude that she had. She was an inspiration to me as well as to so many of the parents she worked with. There is no way to quantify the number of lives – children and parents alike – that she touched in a positive, encouraging, loving way. I remember thinking at the time I worked with her that it would be awesome if prospective parents could spend a year working with her in her classroom before having their children, as they would be better parents for the experience. She was wonderful.
I can only imagine how much you, your son and daughter-in-law, and your grandchildren must miss this lovely lady. My sincere sympathy.

Anne Wilie
Instructional Aide, 1990 to 1998, Pioneer Drive School
Now of Blaine, WA