Sandra Lee Embrey passed away peacefully July 18, 2022. Sandy had lived in Mt. Shasta since 1985 and maintained a beautiful home there when she was not living internationally.
Born July 3, 1954, in Santa Cruz, California, Sandy was the daughter of Web and Betty Greer of Corning, California. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents.
Sandy is survived by her husband Scott Embrey of Mt. Shasta, her son Teague Embrey of Tucson, AZ, her son Addison Embrey (Angela) of Sacramento, CA; her sisters Patricia (Doug) Garakian of Fishers, IN; Linda (Lou) Greer-Wegener, of Chico, CA; Janice (Tim) Greer-Franer of Corning, CA; and cousin Steven (Cindy) Greer of Sisters, OR.
Sandy considered herself a citizen and student of the world. She lived, learned, and taught on four continents as an international educator. Sandy completed her formal education at Simpson College in Redding, California in 1995. She had taught in private international schools in Lima, Peru; Asuncion, Paraguay; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Tunis, Tunisia; and Yangon, Myanmar for the last seven years of her career. She continued to hear from former students who had fully enjoyed her abilities as a teacher and role model. Her colleagues enjoyed her sense of humor, her spirit, and her frankness.
An avid traveler, Sandy fully embraced the lifestyle of an ex-pat, enjoying and embracing the myriad wonders of foreign lands and cultures. Fluent in Spanish, she truly enjoyed interacting with the peoples of every nation and culture she encountered. An extrovert by nature, Sandy was quick to share her infectious smile, wit, and life energy with everyone she met. Sandy, with her favorite travel companion, her husband Scott, lived in or traveled in over 50 countries during her lifetime.
Sandy was a tremendous mother who was extremely proud of her sons Teague and Addison and her daughter-in-law Angela and their many accomplishments within their respective careers. She thought of them every day and communicated often, no matter how many miles separated her from them. She always kept them close to her heart.
A true wizard in the kitchen, Sandy expressed her artistic flair when preparing a special meal for family or friends. Sandy’s vast repertoire of culinary delights included Peruvian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Italian cuisine. She often sang and danced along to her favorite music while in the kitchen. Her meals were always visually appealing and very delicious.
Sandy was an accomplished artist and followed her muse to wherever it took her. Her artistic pursuits included designing jewelry, creating complex collages, sewing, drawing, knitting, gardening, and painting barn quilts. She also became a very talented travel photographer. Her zest for life and her unbridled enthusiasm allowed her to capture portraits of people even when a language barrier existed. The smiles she shared were returned to her and captured in her portraits.
A lover of nature and a lover of the sun, Sandy enjoyed walks on any beach. She also fully embraced kayaking and the freedom it allows. The sparkling waters of the Sea of Cortez were one of her favorite playgrounds. Paddling with a pod of dolphins around her was always a magical experience, moments she treasured.
The best measure of a person’s life is the love they shared with family and friends. Sandy was a generous soul who shared her love for family and friends without reserve.
Posted online on July 28, 2022
Published in Mount Shasta Herald