Reba Merle Sandstrom

Age 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon. She was born on June 20, 1922 in Havana, Arkansas - one of ten children - to Jesse Skinner and Delsie Frame Skinner. She graduated from Morgan High School in Morgan, Utah in 1940. She entered the U.S. Navy in April, 1943 and served as a WAVE on Treasure Island in San Francisco, California. On June 20, 1945, she married Robert William Sandstrom in Berkeley, California who preceded her in death. In 1945 the two of them moved to Portland, Oregon and then to Salem, Oregon in 1946. Reba moved to Roseburg, Oregon in 2004. She lived at Riverview Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living.

Reba leaves behind two sons, Gary Sandstrom and wife, Shirley; Ron Sandstrom and wife, Susan, and two daughters, Carol Newell and husband, Clint; and Susan Madison and husband, Rodney. She had nine grandchildren: Jenny Browning and husband, Spencer, Scott Sandstrom and wife, Lori, Elliott Hyden and wife, Tiffany, Kyle Sandstrom, Jocelyn Jackson and husband, Wade, Shelby Sandstrom, Eric Sandstrom, Cameron Newell, and Connor Newell; and seven great-grandchildren: Katie Sandstrom, Bailey Browning, Andrew Sandstrom, McKenzie Jackson, Tatym Browning, Roman Jackson, and Ellie Hyden.

Reba was a homemaker and worked for a few years at the State Marine Board in Salem. She was also active in numerous community events. She was a member of the Salem-Keizer Zenith Woman’s Club, the 20-30 Club, a Cub Scout leader, a Room Mother and Camp Fire leader. She played bridge and pinochle and enjoyed swimming and golf. She also loved to cook, sew, garden, and have family dinners. She also made sure all four of her children graduated from college. Reba will be laid to rest next to Robert William Sandstrom at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem, Oregon.

A private celebration of her life will be held in Salem, Oregon in March. Funeral arrangements by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors of Salem, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salem-Keizer Zenith Woman’s Club. Please leave audio or online condolences by visiting

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