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Born: Jul 28, 1946

Date of Passing: Jan 21, 2020

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Tragically, Sandra was taken from us on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
She leaves her beloved partner Michael Yuen, her precious children, Stacey (Paul) Mountford and James (Debbie) Reykdal, and her four so dearly loved grandchildren, Ewan and Ainsley Mountford, Isabella and Sterling Reykdal. Also mourning her death are Michael's children, Anita Yuen and Jeff Yuen.
Sandra leaves her siblings, Linda (John) Brisson, Robert (Alice) Kirkland, Karen VanDenDriessche and her sister-in-law Lynn (Harold) Burton, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and countless friends. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary (Wiebe) Kirkland, her spouse Terry Reykdal, his parents, Tex and Flo Reykdal, and brothers-in-law, Ronnie Reykdal and Don VanDenDriessche.
Sandra was born on July 28, 1946, in Carman, MB. She grew up on the farm, raised her children in Winnipeg Beach, MB. Later she put herself through nursing school and worked at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, until moving to Vancouver where she continued her nursing career at G.F. Strong Hospital.
Sandra was a devoted partner, a loving mother and a proud, doting grandmother. She was a kind and loving aunt, cousin and friend. Generous with her time and always willing to lend a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on.
She had a passionate, adventurous, loving soul. She was our family lodestar. We'll miss you, Sandra.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 25 in Vancouver. A Celebration of Life will take place in Manitoba at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 24, 2020

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I am so sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. She was every bit as sweet as friends and family describe. We have been friends since our Winnipeg days. She will be so missed by everyone who knew her. Michael, I am sorry for your loss. You have so many good memories. News arrived late in Arizona. - Posted by: Barbara Rees (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2020

  • Our hearts go out with deepest Sympathy to children Stacey and Paul & family, Jamie and Debbie & family, and Michael and family, and to the siblings, Linda and Johnny & family, Robert and Alice & family and Karen and family. We were so shocked when we heard the news of this tragic accident. We saw cousin Sandra often in our childhood and sometimes even had a sleepover. Always glad to get news of Sandra, in Vancouver, from our moms. We were delighted to see Sandra at a couple of cousins reunions/dinners in Wpg. at cousin Brenda's. Sandra has gone ahead now to be with her mom and dad. "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted" Peace Perfect Peace. Love and hugs to all, cousins, Beryl and Dolores - Posted by: Beryl Horning (Cousin) on: Jan 28, 2020

  • Michael, Stacey, Jamie and families - I am so so sorry for the loss of your dear partner and mother. Sandy and I worked together at Betel home in Selkirk. We spent a lot of time together outside of our work and had many good times in Selkirk, Winnipeg Beach and at all her apartments in Winnipeg! I have never in my life met someone who had the biggest and kindest heart and she took a piece of my heart with her❤️ Rest In Peace Sandy - Posted by: Peggy Jenkyns (Friend and past coworker) on: Jan 27, 2020

  • Dear Michael, Stacey, Jamie and families. My deepest condolences on the tragic loss of a wonderful, sweet, loving person. I worked with Sandy when I started my nursing career on RR6. She was always great fun and I loved her dearly. We hadn’t spoken for a few years and just around Christmas. I joined Facebook and reconnected with her. I am so happy I got that opportunity. She loved her family so deeply, she sent me several pictures of her beautiful grandchildren. The loss is unimaginable. She truly was a beautiful person inside and out. - Posted by: Cindy Wong (Friend ) on: Jan 26, 2020

  • Ah Sandy. Can't believe you're gone. That wicked sense of humor. That compassion for people. The way you loved your family. The ever present smile and the twinkle in your eye. You just loved life, and the people in your life. I'm so glad I knew you. I will miss you. My sympathies to her family as they go through this difficult time. - Posted by: Kathy Ward (Friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • I was very saddened & in disbelief when I read of Sandra's passing in the newspaper. We went to High School together in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Mb. in the 60s and remember her well as a petite, very shy & sweet girl. My sincere condolences to her family & friends near and far...another angel taken way too soon. My heart goes to all who knew & loved her.... - Posted by: Mona Sala Desjarlais (High school friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy to Stacey & Paul & family, to James & Debbie & family, to Linda & Johnny & their family, to Karen & her family & to Robert & Alice & their family & to Michael & his family. We can't believe what happened. We always had a lot of fun us cousins. I can still hear Sandra laughing. She will be missed. Margaret & Marcel Cherewyk (Gillingham) (cousin) - Posted by: Margaret Cherewyk (cousin) on: Jan 24, 2020

  • Dear Stacey and James and family. My deepest condolences to you and your family, Your mother was one of the kindest, funny, loving, sincere and loyal persons I have ever known.My heart is broken we have truly lost an earth angel. I have such wonderful memories of your mom and dad coming to visit us when we lived in Estevan. Sandy was always genuinely interested in me and my siblings and we are all in disbelief and heartbroken. I will always cherish these memories. God bless and know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. Love and hugs - Posted by: Roberta Reykdal (Cousin) on: Jan 24, 2020

  • Stacey, Paul & children, James, Debbie & children, and the Kirkland siblings...My deepest and sincere condolences to all of you as you grieve Sandra's unexpected and tragic loss of life. I will cherish the life-long memories of a much loved cousin...her interest, care and concern for family and friends, her antics and story-telling of her many adventures and Sandra's infectious laughter. She will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts are with you today and always. Love, Phyllis - Posted by: Phyllis Couture (nee Gillingham) (cousin) on: Jan 24, 2020

  • Stacey and family I am so sorry to hear of the sudden and tragic loss of your mom and grandma. May your many cherished good memories bring you comfort. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Donna Miller (former coworker) on: Jan 24, 2020

  • I am so heartbroken to hear of this tragedy. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Kirkland and Reykdal families at this sorrowful time. Sandy you were a loyal, kind and caring friend and was loved by all who knew you. I have so many wonderful memories of times together, raising our children, visiting Grandma Kirkland, the long nights studying will be in my heart forever. To Stacy, Jamie and your wonderful families, my heart cries with you. Your mom left you beautiful memories and her love will be your guide. Although you won’t see her, your mom will always be at your side. May that love surround you now and bring you peace. Love and hugs Debbie - Posted by: Deb Zinnick (Dear friend) on: Jan 24, 2020

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