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Sandra (Sandie) Marie Bachara Vasquez, 1947 – 2017

Sandra (Sandie) Vasquez, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, left this world to be with the Lord on Aug. 21, 2017, after a long illness. A viewing will be held on Aug. 27, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Wood Family Funeral Service, 321 W. F St., Tehachapi. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2017, at Grace Fellowship of Tehachapi, 326 E. Tehachapi Blvd., Tehachapi, with Pastors Kyle Phillips and Frank Bachara officiating. Sandie will be laid to rest at the Tehachapi Public Cemetery – Westside, with her sister, Patricia (Tinker) Bachara. She was preceded in death by parents, Mary and Eddie Bachara; grandparents, Tomasa and Joe Rodriguez; brother, Shawn Bachara; and sister, Patricia (Tinker) Bachara.

Born Sandra Marie Bachara to Eddie and Mary Bachara on July 8, 1947, in Tehachapi, Sandie spent most of her life in Tehachapi; and after graduating from Tehachapi High School in 1965, she began her primary career as a mother. Sandie’s children included Gina Staley, Aaron Elizondo, Joseph Elizondo, Mandy Marquez, Isaac Bachara, Danielle Danatto, Joshua Vasquez, and Noah Vasquez. In addition to her children, Sandie had 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, whom she loved to see and give her popular blessing, “God be with you and angels about you.”

Sandie loved to spend time reading the Bible, listening to worship music, coloring and drawing, and interacting with those around her. In her earlier years, Sandie had the opportunity to travel to China, Mongolia, and Brazil to spread the Word of God. Sandie also “created” a ministry of praying for those in need every time she heard a siren. As a result of this personal ministry, there are many who have followed in her footsteps with the understanding that the life they pray for was important to her. She would even pray in her sleep if she heard a siren!

Sandie spent her final days talking to friends and family, exchanging memories, and ensuring that her heart and mind were clear of anything that needed resolution, especially giving and receiving forgiveness for those things that life brings in relationships. Her peaceful passing was a result of being able to forgive and know that she was forgiven, especially by the Lord. Her greatest desire was that her children and all people would know and serve Jesus Christ and love one another. Her beautiful smile, sense of humor, and loving heart will always be missed, but never forgotten.

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