Sandra Arlene Kyle
1938 - 2013
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Sandra Arlene Kyle Sandra Arlene Kyle, a member of the Hoopa Valley Indian Tribe and a longtime resident of Eureka, died at the age of 75, on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Sandra was born August 27, 1938 in Eureka, California, the first of nine children born to Ward Tinker Melendy (deceased) and Norene Marshall Latham (deceased). Sandra attended College Elementary, Arcata Middle School and Graduated from Arcata High School in 1958. Soon after graduation she joined Pacific Bell as switchboard operator and eventually moved to Gold Beach, Oregon, to take a job at Evan's Products Lumber Company. Sandra met and married Delmer Kyle in Gold Beach, they eventually moved back to Eureka where she worked at Redwood Empire Production Credit with Prescott Branstetter for many years. In addition she and Delmer were co-owner s of King Salmon Marine for many years. Her most treasured work and lifelong job, however, was as a loving and devoted mother to her three sons: Kenneth Kyle of Eureka, Timothy Kyle of Hoopa and Michael Kyle (deceased); as the loyal and caring big sister to her siblings; and as a caring aunt and friend to her large extended family many of whom found a home with her on Humboldt Hill when in need. Sandra participated in the lives of younger generation family members, in person whenever possible. She made a point to try to attend important events such as grade school graduations, baseball games and weddings. Sandra also just enjoyed hanging out and spending time with nieces, nephews and children in her family and she loved to hit the Thrift Stores with her sisters Kate and Rochelle. She was also a sunny voice on the telephone, enjoyed talking to children about what was going on in their lives and shared laughs about silly things. Sandra was preceded in death by her father Ward Tinker Melendy, mother Norene Marshall Latham; brothers Tim Melendy Sr. and Rob Roy Latham Sr.; son Michael Patrick Kyle; nieces Shelly Carpenter, Chelsea Matilda Carpenter and Traci Melendy O'Rourke; and ,nephews Jeff Melendy and Joel Carpenter. She is survived by one Aunt Mary Dawn Melendy Cunningham; brother Lester "Fidigoss" Latham Jr.(Gloria); sons Timothy Kyle (Karen) and Kenneth Ward Kyle; granddaughters Natasha Kyle and Faith Kyle, Deshonia and Chwa:kin; sisters Kathleen Carpenter, Mary Britton(Roger), Deirdre Young(Geno), Mike Melendy(Darline), Patrick Melendy(Andrea), Jamie Melendy, Rochelle Encinas, Jon Melendy(Ann), Deb Dillion(Will), Faith and Joy Melendy, Laura Latham, Lizabeth Latham, Kevin Latham(Sugar), Brenda Tamerius(Jim) and Wanda Latham; nieces and nephews.: Tim, Angie, Rob Roy Jr., Michele, Aimee, Jim-Bob, T.R., Marshall, Billy, Chris, Cher, Masi, Kamimila, Kevin, Josh, Megan, Chwa'kin, Warren, Rhonda, Mary, Yolanda, Devery, Robin, Chance, Brenda and Timisha, Jimmers, Gary, Bradley and Patrick; and, dozens of grandnieces and grandnephews. Sandra was also well known for sending cards and letters to family members and friends living elsewhere. She had beautiful handwriting, and her notes were heartfelt expressions as well as perfect lessons on how to write in cursive. She was thoughtful and generous with her words and took the time to reach out to family members, by whatever means necessary to remain connected and a part of their lives. Sandra was most happy surrounded by her family, her siblings called her "Rae" from a very young age, just eliminating the "Sand" off of the front of her name and adding an "e" to the stuck for 70 years. She loved to dress up for special occasions, to dance, to sing, to laugh and remember stories from the past, some of which her siblings wish that she had forgotten. She was interested in history and was a long-time member of the Humboldt County Historical Society. Sandra had a number of health challenges, especially later in her life, but she always seemed to bounce back with a positive attitude; she always returned with the same spirit and strong dedication to her family. She never lost her capacity to love, she was our rock, she was beloved and we will miss her dearly. Special thanks to the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Hoopa Senior Nutrition, United Indian Health Potawot Health Village and all who have helped during this difficult time. Graveside services will be held on Thursday 10/3/2013 at 1:00o'clock pm at the Hoopa Cemetery. Prayer will be done by Floyd Montgomery. A potluck gathering will follow for friends and family at the Tsewenaldin Inn Conference Room. Pall Bearers and honorary pall bearers will be friends and family. Please sign the guestbook at and click on obits.

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Published in Times-Standard on Oct. 2, 2013.
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October 9, 2013
So sorry to hear of Sandra's passing.. I have many long ago wonderful memories with the family. Thinking of you during this difficult time...

Tina Antonsen Hubbard
Tina Hubbard
October 4, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Sandy growing up with Michael, Tim, and Kenny. She was a great cook. The first time I had duck, it was delicious. She loved and cared for her family deeply. She will be missed by all.
The Shaw Family
Rowdy Shaw
October 4, 2013
You were the first family member Michael introduced me to and I grew to love you as a sister...I've never met anyone so caring and loyal to her family and extended family as you and we shared many a moment of laughter and serious conversation...Michael will never forget how his 'big' sister, of about 6 yrs, took him by his little hand and bought him a candy bar at a nearby store...this was during the 'War' years when everything was rationed and he was always mystified by how you managed to do that...that was your gift...doing for others against all odds. You will be missed but never forgotten and loved forever! Our hearts go out to Kenny and Tim in their loss...She was a beautiful person in All ways.
Mike & Darline Melendy
October 4, 2013
Love you always and will miss you Auntie glad i got to spend some time with you and proud my dad named me after you . your niece michelle arlene melendy
michelle melendy
October 3, 2013
You were your Aunt Mary Dawn's first niece, and she has always treasured that. I always remember your visits to the house especially the time you came to show us the beautiful Hupa regalia in Patrick's pictures. We had lots of good conversations! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Katy Cunningham and Mary Dawn Melendy Cunningham
October 2, 2013 were our mother when things got tough...your brothers and sisters all know that we have lost our leader. If everyone had a heart as good and strong as yours, we would be in a better . No matter what happened in your life, you kept fighting back to stay with us and we will always love you for that. Rest in peace our beautiful sister.
October 2, 2013
Thinking of my family in this time of loss. Tim and Kenny, I can't imagine your sorrow. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Aunties & Uncles, love to you as you come together to celebrate and remember Auntie Rae.
Angie Brenes
October 2, 2013
Your were a great "Auntie Sandra" to my girls and I will always appreciate your genuine interest in their lives and the affection you shared with them. We will miss you but never forget your kind heart. With love, Lenna, Saule and Aruzhan
October 2, 2013
My thoughts and prayers to Sandra's family.
Connie Melendy and family
October 2, 2013
We love you mom.
Tim N Karen Kyle
October 2, 2013
Buck Shaw (dock boy- Requa)
October 2, 2013
Butch Rycraft
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