Sonora resident Sandra Ann (Bratten) Evensen passed away July 28, 2019 at the age of 86.
Sandra was born April 23, 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri. At age five, her family moved to a three acre farm on Antioch Road in Merriam, Kansas where for the first five years there was no electricity, in-home water, or telephone.
Sandra attended Merriam Grade School and graduated salutatorian. Her close knit extended family who lived nearby included aunts and uncles from both sides of the family: Alpha White, Mary Van Wickel, Laura Corbin, Elizabeth Boeppler, Clara Corbin, Roy Corbin, Harry Corbin, and James Corbin.
Sandra attended Shawnee Mission North High School graduating in 1951. While in high school, she worked at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio and a dental office. At age 18, she entered St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1955 and immediately began working as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s in obstetrics, med-surg, and geriatrics. As a registered nurse, she married, lived, worked, and raised her family of three girls. Her married life and career took her and her family around the world, to Arizona, Idaho, Iraq, Oklahoma and California, where she retired from nursing in 1986. Sandra’s favorite spots to visit were always Salzburg, Austria, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Post-retirement, she volunteered as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) in Contra Costa and Fresno counties.
Sandra’s faith was an integral part of her life, and the belief that families are forever was always very important to her. Sandra is survived by her children, Mary Jane Johnson Evensen Harris, Kriste Ann Evensen Reinhard, and Diana Dawn Evensen; grandchildren Jason Lee, Michelle Dawn, and Melanie Ann Harris, Rachel Reinhard Harlan, and Amanda Reinhard Chaffee; great-grandchildren Preston Tommy Harris, Heidrun Rowan Harlan and a great-granddaughter Harlan due in September; nephews Bill, John, Craig, and Greg Bratten; and cousins Donna Retheford, Alex Ewald and John Howard.
Sandra is preceded in death by husbands Curtis Lee Johnson, Kenneth Lamar Evensen, and John Harold Wean; parents William Frank Bratten and Rose Mary Corbin Farnsworth Bratten; brother LeRoy F. Bratten and sister-in-law Karole Kay Kennedy Bratten. Cousins Joy Corbin Retheford and Alphadell Howard; grandparents Samuel Clingman Alford and Rhoda Jane Rhodes, William Bratten and Lou Ellen Bartlett. She also is a descendant of Martha Patsy Cox Wright, full blooded Cherokee married to Captain James Wright who served in the War of 1812.
A memorial will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 19481 Hillsdale Drive, Sonora.
Donations may be made to CASA – Advocates for Children: https://casaforchildren.org/