Sandra "Sandy" (Gasinski) Woodward(1934 - 2018)

Sandy Gasinski Woodward passed away peacefully in her home in Sequim, surrounded by loved ones, with her dog Kaylee, her constant companion, by her side. Sandy was born in South Bend, Indiana to August and Blanche (Thumel) Vohs. Her brother, Gary Vohs, preceded her in death.
Sandy also lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Honolulu, Hawaii. She has been a Sequim resident for more than 30 years. Sandy had a master's degree in library science and worked at St. Francis High School in Hawaii for 17 years.
She enjoyed traveling including trips to Istanbul, South Africa, Europe, Mexico, and Canada.
She married the love of her life, Ralph Woodward in December of 1980. He passed away on August 18, 2016. They lived on a sail boat in Hawaii where they had many adventures. They moved to Sequim where they built a unique log home. Much of the home was made of 'repurposed material' and there was always an interesting story when you went to visit.
Sandy raised sheep and her sheep fleece won the Grand Prize at the Black Sheep Festival in Eugene, Oregon. She loved all things fiber and was an accomplished spinner, knitter, and weaver. She was a member of North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild, and Northwest Regional Spinners.
She belonged to the Grand Olympic Chorus of Sweet Adelines, the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship choir, and a choir at the Voyager RV Park in Tucson where she and Ralph were snowbirds for 11 years. She loved to sing!
Sandy volunteered with Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County and was a member of the League of Women Voters.
She was preceded in death by son, Mark Gasinski, and husband, Ralph Woodward. She is survived by daughter Anya (Pitzer), 4 children "by marriage" Annie (Caulfield), Dana Woodward, Michael Woodward, and Steve Woodward, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
In Sandy's words: "We are all on this earth to enjoy life and to help others enjoy theirs. There were master teachers, Jesus, Buddha, and Mohamed and we should try to follow their teachings." "Family comes first." "It is important to protect the environment."
Words of a wise and loving woman.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, August 25th. In lieu of flowers please donate to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East 8th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Aug. 26, 2018