Sharon (Sandbo) Gamble passed away on December 4th, 2020 at her home in Wolf Creek, Oregon, with her loving husband Larry by her side. She was born to Clarence and Harriet (Johnson) Sandbo on August 4th, 1944 in Cooperstown, North Dakota. She attended grade school in rural Mose and high school in Hunter and Hillsboro. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1962. Sharon cherished growing up on the farm and loved reminiscing and laughing about the old days with her siblings and cousins. Linda and Louise were never too far away back then.
She was a free spirit who always did her own thing. After high school, she packed up and headed to Phoenix, Arizona, where she worked as a materials specialist for Motorola Company. During her time in AZ, she frequently traveled to Mexico to enjoy the sun and chalk up new experiences. Sitting on the beach was nice but didn’t offer the excitement she was really seeking. So, she became an accomplished scuba and sky diver and also spent her time collecting shells, spearfishing and taking underwater photos.
One day, while driving down to the Sea of Cortez with some friends, she decided she wanted to enter a little race. Just for fun. In 1969, she became the first woman to finish the Mexican 1000 from Ensenada to La Paz. Steve McQueen and other celebrities also participated in the race which later aired on the ABC Wide World of Sports. After the race was over, she got out of the car and the other racers laughed because they couldn’t believe they had competed against a wisp of a girl wearing cutoffs who finished 11th in her class!
Sharon eventually made her way to Oregon where she met her best friend and husband, Larry. They settled in their mountain cabin and Sharon loved it. It was her paradise, and there was no place that she would rather be. She loved working in her flower garden, cutting/hauling the wood and sitting on her porch where she could take in all of the birds, deer, elk and other critters that lived there too. Larry and Sharon were together for 45 years. Sharon recently shared that one of the best things about being married to Larry is how much they still laughed together every day.
She enjoyed making tasty meals, especially her mother’s baked beans and meatballs, both family favorites. She appreciated all kinds of people and was a friend to many in her community. She enjoyed mentoring young girls when she had the opportunity.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Larry Gamble, her brothers Sherman (Mary) Sandbo, Anthony (Tony) Sandbo, nieces Deanna (Scott) Langman, Debra Maheux, Jessica (Chad) Fuglesten, Kim (Dan) Neill, Kathi Hilborn, nephews Tom (Patti) Sandbo and Tim (Susan) Grothmann, maternal aunt Bernice Peihl and uncle James (Ruth) Johnson along with numerous cousins, great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Harriet Sandbo and sisters Genevie (Gen) Diede, Carolyn (Cody) Carlson and Larry’s mother Betty, who she loved very much. She was a delight to her family and friends, and it was a privilege to have her in our lives. She will be deeply missed.
Per her request, cremation has taken place. When the flowers are in bloom, her ashes will be spread in her beloved garden at home in Oregon. There are no other services planned at this time. To view the video tribute, please go to bit.ly/sharongambleobit Instead of goodbye, Sharon preferred to say “peace.”