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Carolyn Diane Sands

August 11, 1956 - January 21, 2019

Carolyn Diane Sands, age 62, passed away on January 21, 2019 in Salem, Oregon. Carolyn is survived by Mother, Arline Sands, Father, the late Morrie Sands, Brother, Robert Sands, Sister, Linda Sands-Vankerk (Grant), Brother, Michael Sands, Sister, Cathy Puccini (Paul). Carolyn had four nieces & one nephew: Taylor, Paige, Anna, Nicole & Eric. She is also survived by many friends and relatives.

Carolyn was born on August 11th in Chicago. She attended The University of Idaho in Moscow and spent over 30 years working for the Bureau of Land Management where she retired as a planning and environmental coordinator.

Carolyn loved the beach, playing Ukulele and spending time with her friends and family.

She will have a private burial at City View Cemetery in Salem.

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the Salem Health Foundation for the Salem Cancer Institute, 503-814-1990. Donations will be used to assist with transportation services for patients in treatment for cancer. Salem Health Foundation, P.O Box 14001, Salem, OR 97309-5014.

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Dear Sands Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. Carolyn was such a special person, but you already know that.  She displayed inner strength and perseverance, and emanated love and hope to everyone around her.
She loved you with her whole heart.  In return, your love and support gave Carolyn the courage and strength she needed to walk her journey.  
I feel so blessed to have had Carolyn in my life and I will always remember her kind and gentle spirit.

To Carolyn's Family:

Carolyn always cared about other people even though she was going through so much. She always asked me about my day and wanted to hear about what I was doing.  She was a very kind person and I will miss her.


Carolyn could be very funny and she made me laugh. She knew a lot about a variety of things, especially science. I really liked to talk to her about that. I will miss her.


Carolyn was such a nice person.  I will never forget watching old movies together!  Carolyn always prioritized her relationships. She made sure people knew that she cared about them, which is a lesson that I have learned from her and will use in my life.

To Carolyn's family, I met Carolyn last year, as she coped with the demands her illness placed on her. She talked with me about her life, and I especially enjoyed sharing our mutual BLM work experiences. Her vitality even in illness, was inspiring.

It was wonderful to learn bout other aspects of Carolyn's life and to witness how much she meant to so many people.  She had an important role in our family life.  Our home was her "residence"  when she drove in from Mill City as a young transplant to Oregon.   We spent many delightful holidays together and she was singled out to recite the four questions(singing in Hebrew) at our Passover seders.

As I sit here writing this, I can hear her voice, her laugh and see her terrific smile.  She will always be in my memory and I will miss her so much.

Millie E.

In her quiet strong way Carolyn was a person whose presence was always welcome and captivating. I appreciated her sincere interest in our family and her connection with our daughters starting as their Sunday school teacher at Temple Beth Sholom. Her big radiant smile said it all. Through thick and thin she had a welcoming smile and calm persona. One of my favorite connections with Carolyn was last February 2018 in the TBS kitchen when she showed up to help with Hamantaschen making. She was so happy to have the strength to do so. When I found out she had never tasted one due to her gluten free needs I made her some that were gluten free. I was so happy she got to eat some and so grateful for her support. It is ironic that we at TBS will be starting this fund raiser again in a couple weeks. We will be saying special prayers and recognitions of Carolyn and all her years of connection, friendship, and support at TBS. I would very much like to know what and where the ukulele convention is that Carolyn wanted to attend and make a donation. I’m so grateful for all the years of knowing and visiting with Carolyn. I’ll carry her smile with me forever. 
Stacey and all the Brown family-Jordan,Ariana,Shayna,And Janaya

Will miss you Carolyn. You were fun to work with.
Tim Jacobsson

Carolyn Sands was truly one of a kind individual who was appreciated by friends, co-workers, and family I am sure of that.  Carolyn and I had many opportunities to chit chat about everything under the sun and sometimes about the work culture of our office.  She always had a smile on her face even in the last few months before she had retired from the BLM.  She will be missed by many but rest assured she is at peace now and her heritage upbringing proved to me that she was proud to be of Jewish culture.  I will miss you Carolyn