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Born: Jul 18, 1947
Date of Passing: Aug 19, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
FRANK: Sandra Vernon Frank (née Spring) passed away peacefully, surrounded by all of her children, at the Elkwood Manor Personal Care Home, Elkhorn, Manitoba on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the age of 74 years. Born on July 18, 1947 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sandra was the third child and first-born daughter of William Vernon and Hilda Catherine (née Peart) Spring. As an Air Force family, Sandra lived across Canada including Vancouver, Goose Bay, Calgary, Whitehorse and finally in Rivers, where she met her husband, Jim, in high school. They wed on July 25, 1970. Sandra became a loving mother to three children and a beloved granny to five grandchildren. While the family was in the air force, Sandra's early jobs included babysitting, bowling pin setter and lifeguarding. She was the first Secretary at Rivers Collegiate, hired right after her graduation in 1965, and substituted for Home Economics classes. During these years she advocated for improved pay for the secretarial staff in her division. She then was a farm wife, mother, granny, nanny to several children and a caregiver of adults with special needs as well as an end-of-life caregiver to numerous family members. Sandra was active volunteer with St. James Anglican Sunday School, St. James A.C.W. and Girl Guides, where she was a Brownie Leader Brown Owl. She also volunteered at Rivers Elementary and Rivers Collegiate throughout the years. Sandra enjoyed crafting all manner of things from knitting to sewing to needlework; she was also interested in photography, gardening and houseplants. As a baker, she was known for her cake decorating skills and brownies. A veracious reader, she also enjoyed travelling, bowling and curling in her younger years. She also had a lifelong love of swimming. Colouring and scrapbooking were favourites in her later years, especially after her Alzheimer's diagnosis. Sandra is survived by her daughters: Jennifer (Michael) Sanders and Sarah (Chris) Belcher; son James (Robert); grandchildren: Matthew and Ruslan Sanders; Riya, Johnny and Amelia Belcher; sisters: Susan Spring and Sherry Spring; brothers: William (Sandy) Spring and Lynn (Bernice) Spring; sister-in-law Teresa Spring and many loving nieces and nephews. Sandra is predeceased by her husband William Leonard James (Jim) Frank; mother Hilda Catherine Spring; father William Vernon (Bill) Spring and her brother Timothy Spring. A Memorial Service was held at the St. James Anglican Church, Rivers, Manitoba on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Donations in memory of Sandra may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 1K2 or to the Elkwood Manor Memorial Fund, Box 172, Elkhorn, MB, R0M 0N0.
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As published in Brandon Sun on Sep 04, 2021
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