Inez Sands

Inez Sands. Courtesy photo.

Inez Lucille Sands (Sanders), 76, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021, in Sacramento, California.

Inez was born on July 11, 1944, in Monterey, California.

Inez was predeceased by her husband, Stanford Sands; her first husband and father to her three children, Roger Smith Sr.; daughter, Deanna Smith; granddaughter, Paula Smith; sisters, Severine Mitchell (Boggs), Gertrude Lozano (Boggs) and Darlene (Imogene) Boggs; and parents, Minerva Downs and James Sanders Sr.

Inez is survived by her daughter, Polly Smith-Juarez of Hopland; son, Roger Smith of Nice; brothers, James Sanders Jr. (Sam) of Lucerne and Earl Sanders (Mick) of Nice; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Our mom, grandma, auntie, cousin, friend will be missed immensely. Mom had something so special about her personality making everything more exciting. Her smile and the love she showed us will always be in our hearts.

Mom was a very thoughtful person, she had gifts saved with someone special in mind. She always had lots of extras for any event or outing. We were prepared and comfortable. All the kids gathered around her to see what surprise or snacks were about to be given.

Mom raised many children and we are forever thankful for her keeping us connected and taking care of us the best way she could. We stayed connected to our cultural heritage, and mom was devoted to her church services. Mom also enjoyed playing bingo and gambling later in life.

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty were her favorite singers. I will always think of mom when listening to old country music.

We had fun swimming, going to Bigtimes, birthday parties, graduations, oh man we did lots of stuff together. Her famous potato salad will live on through her kids. She showed up to all the gatherings no matter what. We spent quality time together and laughter.

Mom was a good friend to many, loved talking on the phone making that connection, her bestie was Linda Cooper of Upper Lake.

Mom was a homemaker most of her life. Although, I remember her going to beautician school to do hair in the late 70s, possibly early 80s. She would give perms like nobody’s business, I know I loved mine.

Words cannot express the love we shared. We are so blessed to have had all those many years making cherished memories. Fly high our beautiful angel. Until we meet again. OH!

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Inez Sands, center, and her family. Courtesy photo.