Sandra Reed

Sandra Reed of McCleary, Washington passed away on Friday, February 22, 2013, in her home. She was 63. Sandy was born March 9, 1949, in Olympia, Washington, to William Jam and Kathy Jam (later Collings).

She grew up in McCleary where she married and had two children, William Raphael, now living in Mustang, Okla. and Randy Raphael, now living in Los Angeles, Calif. She later divorced and moved to Oklahoma where she remarried and had 3 additional children, Michael Reed of Pawnee, Okla., Kevin Reed of Pawnee, Okla., and Kacy Reed of McCleary, Wash. She was devoted to her children and especially proud of her 4 grandchildren, Hunter Raphael, Kaytlyn Reed, Kyler Reed, and Michael Reed. She took great pleasure in the time she got to spend with each and every one of them and anxiously awaited their next visit.

The other passion in Sandy’s life in the last several years was Relay for Life where she volunteered both her time and her talents.

Aside from her children and grandchildren Sandy is also survived by her father, William Jam of Woodinville, Wash.; 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She was especially close to her sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Richard Gorrell and her brother, Tom Collings. Sandy was preceded in death by her mother, Kathy Collings; stepfather, Harry Collings; and stepmother, Marjorie Jam.

To honor Sandy’s request, there will be no funeral service to mourn her passing. Instead, there will be a Celebration of Life at the McCleary VFW Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. All who knew and loved her are invited to come and share stories and pictures. Please contact Whiteside Family Mortuaries of Elma for instructions for sending condolences and flowers. Alternatively, well wishers are encouraged to donate to Relay for Life or their favorite charity.

Please visit and sign the online tribute to Sandy at

Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.