Sandra Lee (Bryson) Hopkins: 1947-2018

Nov 14, 2018

Sandy was taken home by our Lord Jesus after suffering the effects of glioblastoma brain cancer for only 75 days. We rejoice in her ultimate healing. The apostle Paul said that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. This is our great hope. She served God with a passion, and now will have a crown to lay at His feet.

She was preceded in death by her father, John D. Bryson; and her three sisters, one in childbirth, Tara Jensen and Jo Bryson.

She is survived by her mother, Martha Bryson; brother Jeff Bryson; husband, Steven Hopkins; children, Tonya (Ian) Standaert, Heidi (Shane) Reiswig and Brian (Nikki) Yates. She will be cherished in memory as a loving Grandma and Great-Grandma to Joshua (Stefany), Casey (Brittany), Colt, Caitlyn, Megan and Courtney, Rowan, Kieran, Lachlan, Beckham and Naomi.

She is further survived by her stepchildren: Kelly (Matthew) Alejandro, Kurt Hopkins and Kim (Kevin) Combs; step-grandchildren Kyle, Katrina (Freddy), Sheyenne, Jeremy (Abby); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sandy’s favorite verse in the Bible was the one she was reading. She read little else because she found strength and comfort in the Word. Her favorite grandchild was the one she was with. She loved her family.

Sandy had back surgery when she was 12 years old, fusing a large portion of her spine due to scoliosis. Later in life, she faced skeletal degeneration, causing her constant pain.

Sandy grew up in Shoreline and graduated from Shoreline High School in 1965. She sang in Madrigals and in church choirs. Sandy and Steve lived most of their 33 years of marriage in Lynnwood or Edmonds. Sandy liked to walk the sidewalk at the Edmonds beach or along the streets of Edmonds, perusing the stores, enjoying the flowers and artwork and occasional chocolate chip cookie at the Waterfront Café.

Her life isn’t full of worldly, recognized accomplishments, but of quiet service to God by serving others. There would be many stories to be told if she wanted that, but she didn’t. She loved God, family and people. Serving was her spiritual gift, which she used to God’s glory. She was humble and always grateful.

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