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Sandra Lou (Stoudt) Stecher

Born: Sun., May 22, 1938
Died: Mon., May 18, 2020


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Sandra (Sandy) Lou Stecher, passed away on May 18, 2020 at age 81. Sandy was born May 22, 1938 in Basin Wyoming, the daughter of the late Harold and Alice Stoudt and sister to the late Homer Stoudt. Sandy lived with her family briefly in Billings, Montana and then in Powell, Wyoming where she attended school from kindergarten on and graduated from high school. Growing up, she was in Job’s Daughters, played the clarinet in band and was an usher at the local movie theater and then became an avid collector of autographed photos of Hollywood stars. She was one of the editors of the Powell Panther yearbook. In her senior year of high school she saw a handsome young man, Thomas Stecher from neighboring Lander, Wyoming who was playing football and basketball at Northwest Community College. They became sweethearts and were married in June of 1956. They soon began their family and Sandra became the nurturing, loving mother of four daughters. As the family grew, Sandy and Tom lived in Douglas and Cheyenne, Wyoming. While in Cheyenne, Sandy kept busy with the family, meanwhile working for the State of Wyoming and continuing to satisfy her curiosity and continuing her pursuit of higher education. Sandy was a wonderful loving mother who kept busy taking her girls to swim meets on the weekends. She worked at the local swimming pool during the summer to be closer to the girls where they spent their days. She sewed their clothes, juggled homemaking, mothering, working, and schooling all while being a loving wife to Tom. Somehow, she found ways to either be crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching and reading everything she could get her hands on. She passed on that love of reading to all her girls. Sandy battled different health issues early in her young life as a mother and she took care of everyone else while recovering from cancer and other health challenges. Eventually Sandy, Tom and the family moved to Lander in 1974 and then to Casper in 1975 where she started her 25 year career as a legal assistant and again went back to school to become a paralegal. The family spent their weekends camping, fishing and water skiing. Sandy retired from her career as a paralegal then studied to become a medical transcriptionist and went on to work at Wyoming Medical Center. Tom and Sandy decided to retire for good and relocate to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana. Sandy developed a love of quilting while in Casper and became a blue ribbon quilter in Stevensville creating many beautiful quilts for her daughters, grandchildren and friends. They spent many years exploring their favorite places and spending winters in Arizona with new and lifelong friends. In their camper, they set off to Yellowstone, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and explored all of Montana. Sandy and Tom also enjoyed their home and living the life in the Bitterroot Valley. Friends and family will remember and miss Sandy for her infectious laugh, often times at herself, and her quiet words of encouragement and wisdom. She had a peaceful way about her. Sandy always had a kind word to say and if she wasn’t saying it, she would speak it with her eyes. Her facial expressions could convey exactly what she was thinking. She was always up for fun. She was game. She was always known for her beautiful smile, as it brought smiles to those that were fortunate enough to see it. Sandy fought a valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease with grace and courage. During her last years of life, she never complained and saved her sense of humor for the hardest of times. The family is forever grateful for the loving kindness and care that she received from the staff at Discovery Care Center in Hamilton, MT. Sandy is survived by her husband Tom Stecher of Stevensville, Montana; four daughters, Vickee Kincaid of Casper Wyoming; Tammy and husband Jack Argyle of Littleton, Colorado; Jenny and husband Dan Hilgenkamp of Lakewood, Colorado; and Melanie Stecher of Helena, MT; nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. A private family memorial gathering will take place at a later date. The family suggests that memorials be made in her name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at michaeljfox.org.

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Glenda Edgeworth
   Posted Fri May 22, 2020
Condolences to Tom and his family Sandy will be missed she was a member of our Red Hats The Bitterroot Spectacles. She always had a smile for everyone.

Linda Garner Gullicks
   Posted Fri May 22, 2020
So very sad to learn of Sandy's death. She was a beautiful soul and raised some lovely daughters. I remember her from early childhood and always felt welcome and loved in her home. God bless all of you as you deal with this loss. She was very special.

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