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Obituary: Alexandra Joyce Tang, 24

Family remembers her as a loving, caring young woman with a contagious laugh.

Editor's note: Alexandra Joyce Tang was . Her boyfriend, , was .

Her family kindly sent Patch the following obituary:

Alexandra Joyce Tang, full of youth, hope and love, had a bright future ahead of her.

Born July 2, 1988, Alexandra spent her childhood in Santa Barbara and her love for her family and of the city kept her there through college.

She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  

With a beautiful spirit, she had a great love for people and showed it.

The daughter of Alexander Tang, DDS (local Santa Barbara dentist for 30 years), and Elizabeth Tang, and sister of Candice Tang Nyholt, Alexandra came from a large family and even larger extended family.

Alexandra (known lovingly to family as “Sandra” and to friends as “Alex”) was surrounded by loved ones.  

She was looking forward to a career helping others – her first job out of college was working with Autistic children in South Orange County. She found it challenging but very rewarding.

“Sandra was such a spirited girl,” says the Tang Family.  “She was full of life and love.  She had an exciting future ahead of her and no words can fully express how much she’ll be missed by all.” 

She loved spending time with friends and family, she was one of over a dozen grandkids.  She had spent many years frequenting Orange County, visiting cousins in Cypress (who were a strong part of her life) and her big sister (and best friend) who attended the University of California, Irvine.  

Artistic and creative, Alexandra also loved to sing, though she was often too shy to do it in public.  

She loved animals and babysitting her sister’s cat.  When she was three, she enjoyed a family vacation to Sydney, Australia where she gained her love for koala bears.  

With a love of travel, Alexandra dreamt that one day she would visit Egypt. She also enjoyed going to the beach, hiking, playing tennis and spending time with loved ones.

A dedicated Honor Roll student and a member of San Roque Catholic Church in Santa Barbara, Alexandra worked for the City of Santa Barbara while in college, and also volunteered her time at a non-profit medical clinic.

Her family and friends remember her best for her contagious laugh. As she rolled around with laughter, her family and friends could not help but join her. 

To visit the Memorial Page for Alexandra Joyce Tang, visit: www.facebook.com/InLovingMemoryofAlexandraJoyceTang.

OC Mom September 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
It sounds like she was a wonderful girl. I'm so sorry for her family's loss.
Billy Forsee September 07, 2012 at 03:55 AM
First!
CYNTHIA September 09, 2012 at 06:05 AM
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. You now have one more angel to watch out for you.
Davina Garcia September 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
It is so heartbreaking that the world lost such a beautiful and intelligent young lady, who wanted to do good in the world and help others. May she rest in peace and your family find the strength to make it through this difficult time.
sherri charles September 10, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Beth and family, I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter, sister , and best freind. She looks like she had a beautiful sole. Lots of Love from your Medtronic family.

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