Sandra Irene Ella McCall
Jan 1, 1970 - Apr 4, 2010
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister passed away early on Easter morning, April 4th, 2010, at her home in Danville, CA. Sandra is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, Donald McCall of Danville; their dear son, “Buck” Donald McCall, Jr. and his wife, Becky of Sparks, NV; her two grandsons, Sam and Jake, and her brothers, Michael Siem of Bella Vista, CA and John Turco of Sacramento, CA. Many cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends also mourn her passing. Another dear son, Michael Sean McCall, preceded her in death in 1961.
Sandra was a life-long northern California resident. She was born in Sacramento in 1938 to the late Dorothy (Campbell) and George Siem. Her mother’s second husband, the late John Turco, Sr. of Michigan Bluff, CA, was her loving adoptive Dad. While growing up in Sacramento, Sandra spent a lot of time in the company of her beloved grandparents, the late Dave and Irene Campbell. Time spent with them at the family house in Truckee was a favorite childhood memory. In the mountains, she found her lifelong love of nature. Donner Lake was the “pool” she learned to swim in. Throughout her life, many stray creatures, from toads to dogs, benefited from Sandra’s kindness. Her and Don’s wildlife friendly backyard is testimony to this.
Sandra was a homemaker for most of her life and was active as a volunteer during Buck’s school years, even serving as a PTA president. One of her jobs before she was married was being a store model – she always had a great knack for style and loved a good bargain. She found pride in her Scotch-Irish, early Californian, Mayflower and Penobscot ancestry. She enjoyed visiting extended family, camping and fishing, reading, cooking and trying out new recipes, studying astrology and natural remedies and giving advice. She loved a good joke; her laugh was infectious! Sandra was a tough softie – a good and generous person who treasured her family. Words cannot express how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.
Services will be held on Saturday, April 10th at 10am in the Chapel of East Lawn Memorial Park, 43rd Street & Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA
where she will be laid to rest near her infant son, Michael.
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road