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Sandra Tiner
Dec. 27, 1959 - Mar. 26, 2018
Resident of Santa Cruz
Sandra Jean Tiner of Santa Cruz passed away at home at the age of 58. She was born in St Joseph, Missouri to Leo and Shirley Linck. When she was three, her family moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Sandra graduated from Soquel High School in 1977.
Although she said she wasn't a farm girl she was close. In her youth she was active in 4-H and raised Rhode Island Red chickens for the county fair. Her first job was working as an elf at Santa's Village in Scotts Valley where she was an engineer for the miniature train.
Sandra loved fun and adventure, traveling solo to Europe right after graduating high school to join a camping bus tour for several weeks. She traveled all over Europe, tent camping along the way. She survived the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake when her family's two story home, just a few miles from the epicenter, collapsed around her. In 1992 she bicycled across Kansas with her father, a bucket list item for her father that she wanted to help him achieve. "Kansas is NOT flat" she would always say after that ride. Halloween was one of her favorite holidays, often becoming a scary Medusa lady weaving plastic snakes into her long hair with chilling effect. She loved it.
While attending Cabrillo College she worked as a cashier at the Zanotto's Family Market in Scotts Valley, where she met her future husband who would frequent her line on his lunch hour. The couple were married in 1996 and began to raise a family. Her three children were everything to Sandra and she devoted her whole being to raising them. An excellent cook and home maker, Sandra truly created a wonderful home environment for her family to grow and to be loved in.
As a child she dreamt of owning a zoo or pet store and although she didn't make that dream come true she came close. Beyond the rescue dog and cat in the house, there were multiple fish tanks, two Herman's tortoises, parakeets, guinea pigs, black bear hamsters, and the chickens. So if she didn't manage a zoo she came very close. She had an extraordinary memory for songs, rhymes, movie lines and commercial jingles, useless info she would say but it amazed and entertained her husband. The family took many trips all over the country, Florida, Maui, Kauai, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Alaska and many more. She was a fun, adventurous and amazing wife and mother. She was never one to pass up a new experience to enrich herself or her family like a camel ride at the fair, aerobatic plane ride at Watsonville airport, pumpkin drop from an airplane, hot air balloon rides in Colorado, and she explored just about every cave in California.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years (plus 5 years! dating she would want mentioned), Robin Tiner, children Chance, Rees and Delaney, mother Shirley Linck of Laurel Rd, brothers Gary (Jackie) of Troy Kansas and Wayne of Los Gatos and sister Valerie (Bill) Straub of Sebastian Florida, sister in laws Kim Tankersley and Kelle Schroeder and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was known as the "fun aunt" with her amazing Christmas and birthday gifts to them.
Sandra especially wanted to thank her devoted friends and neighbors of Lance court and beyond, who lovingly rallied around her bringing dinners for her family, flowers and great support over the past several years. A special thanks to Jan Dewitt for all her loving support and coordination of all the great neighbors.
At Sandra's request there will be no funeral services but the family is planning a remembrance in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers and in keeping with her spirit, Sandra's request was simple. She requested people be kind to each other and do nice things for each other, plant flowers and trees and help each other. Sandra was a selfless, loving being who will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.


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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Apr. 8, 2018
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