Escondido, CA

Patricia Jo Sands, 87

March 24, 1933 to January 20, 2021 

If there was a whisper of music playing, her ears were tuned in. If there was an opening in the conversation for a colorful anecdote, she would fill the gap. Her stories and jokes always entertained, even when she was the only audience. 

Her nursing career spanned 30 years, traveling throughout north San Diego County as a public health nurse. Co-workers and patients all appreciated her devoted, personal care. 

Pat Sands thrived on social interaction. Active at Westminster Presbyterian Church for 55 years, she sang in the choir, volunteered in childcare, and served many years on the Health Ministry Council. Above all, she desired to help friends and family with either practical assistance or poems and songs that she wrote. 

Some folks questioned her minimalist view of housekeeping. But, her answer was always the same, “Why waste precious time on chores? There are so many people to visit and events to organize!” As a long-time Escondido resident she might have set a record for miles driven in the community.

Her other favorite activities were singing with the Escondido Oratorio Association, folk dancing and travel with her husband, and support of the local P.E.O. International chapter. 

After a four-year struggle with dementia, Pat went to be with the Lord on January 20, 2021. There are no words that sufficiently depict her deep love for singing and dancing. Those who were close to her have great comfort knowing that she is now enjoying an eternity of music.

She is survived by sons Brian Miller, Kevin Miller, Scott Miller, Richard Sands, daughter Erin Schultz, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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