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The following obit is provided courtesy of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Family Funeral Home & Crematory

Sandra (Sandy) L. (Sans) Rose passed away peacefully at her home on February 28, 2017. Sandy was born on June 26, 1943 in King City, California to Jerry and Phyllis Sans. Sandy was raised in south San Benito County on the beautiful Sans Topo Ranch. She attended Bitterwater Tully School and graduated from Hollister High School. Sandy married George Rose, Jr. and lived her life in Hollister, California.

Sandy’s childhood was spent on the ranch with her parents and brothers, Les and Paul. There she formed a lifetime love of horses and animals and learned lifelong lessons of hard work, honesty and integrity that carried her through into her successful career as a business woman. Sandy participated in 4H showing steers at the local fairs and the Cow Palace. Sandy was an avid outdoors woman especially loving to hunt the family ranch and camping and hunting with George and children at Vasquez Camp on the Rock Springs Ranch. When growing up she enjoyed time with her uncle, John Maggini, who was close to her in age and was always there for her then and always.

At a young age, Sandy was riding and showing horses. In 1962, her father Jerry purchased a King bred two year old filly named Princess Nile and her husband, George, exclusively trained Princess. Sandy showed Princess and went on to win the Open Stock Horse class at Bolado Park reveling in beating out the top men competitors. Sandy won the Ladies Stock Horse, not once but twice, at the prestigious California Rodeo, Salinas while riding Princess Nile in 1967 and 1976. Sandy thoroughly enjoyed riding in the old time horse races at Bolado Park, where George’s uncle, Harry Rose, would bring a string of horses to race. She also enjoyed roping with her brother, Les, in the mixed family team roping at Bolado Park.

Sandy’s earliest business mentor was her mother, Phyllis, who Sandy always recognized as having a great business mind. In 1965, Sandy went to work for John Winn at Winn Insurance starting on the ground floor and working her way up to general manager. Sandy was always grateful to John for the education he gave her in the insurance industry. Sandy formed her own insurance agency, Sandy Rose Insurance Services, in 1990. Sandy was well known throughout the insurance industry for her expertise and knowledge. What Sandy said she always liked the most about her business was her interaction with her clients. She was respected by all who did business with her for being fair and honest. She was awarded many accolades in the insurance industry and highlights included getting to meet Joe Montana and John Madden. She maintained her femininity and beauty while succeeding in a male dominated profession. She was a mentor to many young business women.

During her 41 years in the insurance industry, Sandy was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents Association, and served on the Agri-Business committee as its chairperson. She was the California representative to serve on the ISO committee and was instrumental in the formation of the generic agri-business application that was adopted by all insurance carriers.

After she retired she was invited to join the Board of Directors of California Mutual Insurance Company & Calvista Insurance Agency. She brought innovative ideas to the board with her many years of experience.

Sandy was a wonderful wife and mother always making sure that the needs of her family were met while working full-time and running her own business. She attended all the kid’s functions from the local fairs, high school rodeos and softball games and always had a home cooked meal on the dinner table. She was always there for her family.

In her later life, Sandy enjoyed sharing her horsemanship expertise with a new generation of young riders, namely Emery and Brett Pura. She called them “her girls” and she and George loved giving them riding lessons. She enjoyed watching the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.

Sandy was very involved in the community, she was a member of the Hollister Rotary Club and the San Benito County Cattlewomen. Sandy served on the San Benito Grand Jury and was President of the San Benito County Business Council as well as a member of the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed attending the Livestock Auction at the county fair purchasing livestock from children of her clientele. One of Sandy’s favorite organizations was the Community Foundation of San Benito County which she joined at the request of Gary Byrne. She served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2004-2015; where she was Board Chair for 2013 and 2014. You knew that whatever Sandy lent her hand or name to would be done correctly and to the best of her ability. Sandy was a class act all the way around.

Sandy is survived by her husband, George Rose, Jr. of Hollister; son, Ken Rose, of Hollister; daughter, Tammy Rose, of Bitterwater; and brother, Paul (SanDee) Sans of Yerington, NV. She is also survived by her uncle John (Darlene) Maggini, her niece Sami Jo (Gregg) Johnsen and children Rory & Jo Ellen, nephew Todd (Wendy) Sans and children Sierra Jo, Todd, Jr. & Brody Sans, niece Jerilynn Sans, brother-in-law Jerry (Debbie) Rose, sister-in-law Dianne (Ron) Rodrigues, niece Debbie Krieg, Janice Rose, David (Colleen) Grimes, Harry (Pam) Rose and sons Laramie & Kaycee and Jayme Stewart. She was preceded in death by her parents Jerry and Phyllis Sans and brother Les Sans.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Foundation of San Benito County, 829 San Benito Street, Suite 200, Hollister, CA 95023; San Benito County Saddle Horse Association, PO Box 56, Hollister, CA 95024; Hollister Rotary Club, PO Box 86, Hollister, CA 95024; San Benito County Cattlewomen, PO Box 539, Tres Pinos, CA 95075 or to a charity of your choice. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, May 19th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bolado Park Event Center, Outdoor Patio, 9000 Airline Hwy., Tres Pinos, CA 95075More information is available on the mortuary website.