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Sandra Evelene Brown Montes

Sandra Evelene Brown Montes, age 75, passed away on August 23rd, 2019.  Sandra was born February 3rd, 1944 to Jack C. Brown and Evelene Holmes Brown in Brigham City, Utah.  

 Sandra grew up in Ogden, Utah and graduated from Ben Lomond High School in 1962. She attended Weber State College and earned her Bachelor’s Degree majoring in art with a minor in anthropology and she attended the BYU Archeology Field School in the Four Corners area. She grew to love the Native American people and that led her to work at The Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, then to the Navajo School as well as The Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding, UT.  Next was the Hopi Indian School on the Reservation as a teacher.  Sandra was hired by the Utah State Department of Archaeology in Salt Lake City where she worked as Salvage Archaeologist on various digs in Southern Utah.  She was hired by Sierra Club as an Archeologist’s Assistant.  Sandra was a very talented artist and had great knowledge of the Ancient Indian cultures of the southwest and in Egyptology with the dream of going to Egypt for a dig, but never was able to make it there.  Sandra selflessly cared for both of her daughters through their illnesses, could never say no to a rescue animal and her memory was excellent reminding others of things long forgotten.   

Sandra is survived by her longtime friends, Carol Drinkwater, Erial, NJ and Pam Pickard, Portage, UT, her niece, Andrea Curry, her loving kitty, Ted and her cousins, Lynda, Lana, Julie, Rocky, Holly & Chris.  She was preceded in death by her two daughters, Merritt Lee Montes and Jaymie Mayet Brown, her parents and one brother Terry Russell Brown.

A celebration of Sandra's life will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at Leavitt's Mortuary Waterfall Reception Center.

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I am happy I was lucky to get to know Sandra more in the past few years. I learned a lot from her stories about the past with family and friends. I'm happy she had so many great memories that she could reflect on. I'm sure there was a great party with her family, friends and pets in heaven. I will miss our weekly chats... Rest Peacefully, Sandra...

Joan Woodruff Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

Do not know what to say, I am just so sorry but its good that she does not suffer now and is with those who she loves

Kay Stephens Sep 1 2019 12:00 AM

Sandra was a beautiful soft spoken lady and I will always have special memories of her. She was married to my brother Bill Montes many years ago. Merritt is their daughter. RIP...

Mary Peterson Aug 27 2019 12:00 AM