Sandi L. Garner

sandi garner

June 18, 1947 ~ November 28, 2018

Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

The brightest, shining star in the 'Verse was extinguished on November 28, 2018 when Sandi Garner left the struggle of this plane. She was, as always, surrounded and bathed in love. Sandi was born on June 18, 1947 in Pueblo to Gladys Louise McKinney and James Nesslage. An inquisitive, loving child, Sandi immediately displayed a loving kindness for all, but especially animals. That love and kindness carried throughout Sandi's life. Sandi was a proud Central Wildcat, Class of 1965. It was during her high school years, that Sandi's creativity flourished and she discovered a love for theatre and performing. She spoke with great pride of her chorus roles in District 60 Summer Musicals, as well as the life long friendships she made. Sandi met her soon-to-be-husband, Mike Garner, in 1966 and after a short period of dating, they married in March 1967 in Mike's hometown of Porterville, California. Sandi and Mike enjoyed the west coast life for a couple years before moving back to Pueblo to begin a family. In July 1970, their first daughter, Brandi was born. Their younger daughter, Kasey, followed in October 1975. Sandi joined Beta Sigma Phi in 1973 and was active off and on throughout her life. In May of this year, she received the Laureate ritual and the Order of the Rose Ritual for 25 years of service. During her daughters' childhood, Sandi clowned with the Ma Bell Clowns, was a Girl Scout leader, 4H leader, lunch lady, costumer and constant cheerleader - anything she could do to be closer to her girls. She encouraged them to pursue the creative arts, and once they discovered theatre, they developed a love for performing as strong as Sandi's. Sandi was 'MOM' to all of her daughters' friends - she was a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen when no one else would, a bit of sass and always open arms for one of her amazing hugs. Sandi's greatest joys were her cats, her sisters in Beta Sigma Phi, her Impossible Players and of course her beloved daughters, Brandi and Kasey - her GFORCE. In August 2018, Sandi got her 1st tattoo - a mother/daughter tattoo that she shared with her girls - a mother cat flanked on either side by a kitten, with a large heart in the center. This was the perfect representation of their love as Sandi is, was and always will be the EPICENTER of love. Please join us in celebrating her amazing life on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 11 am at the Impossible Playhouse, 1201 N Main. We will be sharing stories, laughter and love just as Mom would've wanted. Online condolences,

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  1. Sandi was an amazing person. I am so happy I got to chat with her recently after not seeing her for several years. She never changed. I am blessed to have known her.
    So sorry for the loss of your Mother Brandi and Kasey.
    Marilyn Barrett

  2. Dear Kasey& Brandi,
    I remember so many things from Hellbeck School. Your grandma & momma we’re always there supporting you girls & the arts. I am thankful to have seen you recently at the grocery. I thought at the time that Sandi looked very pale & thin.
    I won’t be able to attend service as I do the music at my church.
    May God bless you in your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  3. My Mom and yours were so similar in what they brought to life and love and now we have lost them both. The world is indeed a colder place.

  4. From your cousin in C. Springs, Sara (Cawlfield) McDaniel – I am just devastated by your Mom’s passing. We graduated together from Central and her grandmother was my father’s sister (my aunt). Your Mom’s father Jim was my first cousin, even though much older. Please call or email if you want to contact me – or 719-596-9281. Many hugs to you both!

  5. Love to you. Remember she will always be with you. A very sweet lady. I know she will be missed by everyone who crossed her path. Rest in peace.

  6. Do sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I still have the 4-H cups and mugs she gave me. She was an inspiration to all young people. My sincere sympathy. Carol Kuhns.

  7. Sandi has such special gifts and blessings! We were indeed ‘65 Best Alive and we sure had fun! With the passion of a true artist Sandi always Blessed everyone with her special gifts. She shared so much. Always! A true loving soul she is forever close in our hearts. May her family and friends be forever grateful Sandi gave us all so very much! Faith, Family and Friends…

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