December 19, 1943 to April 18, 2021 77 years
Sandra Gail was born near Venn on the family homestead to Raymond and Ada Carlson. December 19 was the night of the school Christmas concert and Ada caused some excitement when she needed the mid-wife, who was leading the concert! Sandra was one of 11 children and had 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Sandra began her education at Boulder Lake school, then went to the Venn school and graduated from high school in Watrous. She was a natural at school, completing a couple grades in one year.
Sandra married Howard Snell September 9, 1960. Howard and Sandra had 5 children, David, Susie, Darryl, Curtis and Ward. They moved out to the Snell family farm in 1966 where they remained until 2018 when they moved into Watrous. Sandra managed the home and garden while finding time to keep the farmers fed, sometimes dragging all 5 kids to the field with the meals.
Once Sandra’s own children left the nest, she continued to babysit and provide compassionate, nurturing care to many families. The Schaans, Engles, Westbys, and Edigers will all likely have a babysitting story to tell about how Sandra helped with caregiving. She was a loving and caring person and enjoyed watching the children grow for nearly 20 years.
Howard and Sandra always grew a massive garden. Even when they moved off the farm, Sandra continued that tradition, borrowing a neighbour’s plot, in addition to her own garden space. She was generous with her garden, providing produce to all who needed. Sandra canned vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, and beans as well as made jam. Her dill pickles are heralded by her grandchildren, who are now spoiled and won’t eat anything but.
Sandra loved word games of all kinds. She wouldn’t hold back in Scrabble and looked forward to the Saturday cross-word puzzle in the weekly paper. She completed many jigsaw puzzles over the years, one her favorites was a puzzle of the farmhouse, which is hanging in the living room of the house in town. Sandra enjoyed crib and other card games as well.
Sandra’s family would like to thank Dr. Choudhary, Health care nurses and staff and the many family, friends and neighbors for their care and support during this difficult time.
Sandra is pre-deceased by her parents Raymond and Ada; father in-law and mother in-law Bert and Mildred; son in law Sean; sister Trish; brothers Robbie, Ricky, Ross and Glenn; brothers in-law Lou and Vic; brother and sister in-law Robert and Elaine.
Sandra is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Howard. Her children: David (Corina), Susie, Darryl (Sheila), Curtis (Marla), Ward (Kyla) and many Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren; Siblings Ken(Joan), Pearl, Alan(Marilyn), Deanna, and Hugh(Cheryl) as well as sisters in law Anne, Betty and Nelda.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Venn Cemetery or Watrous Community Health Foundation.
As per Sandra’s request a Private Family Interment will held at a later date.
Dear Howard and family,
Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear Sandra.
Howard and family
Sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing she was a great person and hard worker. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. You will have great memories. Hugs to all
So very sorry for your loss, she will be dearly missed by all. My thoughts are with the family.
Howard And Family, we were shocked and saddened to hear of Sandra’s passing. We had no idea she was so sick! We will always remember being warmly welcomed at the farm and all the good times and happy hours with Mom and Dad. She was always so happy and cheerful and generous with her garden produce and canning! Rest In Peace dear Sandra🙏 Love to you all Linda and Pete
Howard, David, Susie,Curtas,Darryl,Ward I am very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all hugs to all. 💙💜
So sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing! I have many fond memories of Trish and my visits to the farm when we were in nursing school! Lots of hugs to Howard and family!💕
So sorry to hear of your loss. Leanne and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Many happy memories of you and your family. Sandra is remembered as a warm and friendly lady.
Sorry for your lose Sue. She most have been a wonderful mom to put up with all you guys and the tease Sean too.
Dear Howard & family:
We send our love & condolences in the loss of Sandra! She was a terrific woman who will be missed by many!
Lenora & David
howard and family so sorry we had so many great times and memoriestogether
My sincere sympathies to you Howard, and all your family. A great lady who will be remembered.
Howard and family,
We are saddened to hear of Sandra’s passing! May the fond memories you have of her give you strength at this difficult time.
Aunt Sandra will be missed by everyone who knew her and especially by her family. We are lucky to have had so many family times together and will all have to work a lot harder at the next one as your mom was also in the kitchen! Hugs to all of you.
Our sincere condolences to Howard and the Snell family. It’s so hard to say goodbye to a loved one! Cherish your memories💕
To the Snell family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Sandra. It is so difficult to lose such a special person in your life. Love and memories will always stay in your hearts and be with you. Condolences to you all.
Howard and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. While I only got to meet Aunt Sandra during the 2005 and 2010 Carlson family reunion, I will never forget travelling to the Snell farm with Grandpa Glenn during the summer of 2005 and picking carrots and other produce fresh out of the ground for a quick bite to eat with Aunt Sandra. Rest In Peace, sending all of my thoughts and well wishes during this difficult time.
Howard and family,so sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing sending our condolences,thinking of you at this sad and difficult time .
Gilbert and Gail
Our deepest condolences to all of the family.
Sincere condolences to you Howard and all the family . This is a huge loss for all, family and friends ! “ May all the happy memories of Sandra help you get through these difficult times “ ! Donna and Larry Dewey
Very sorry to hear of Sandra passing our thoughts are with Sandras family ❤
I am think of everyone at this time. She will be missed by family friends and community. Take care.
I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed by family friends and community! Hugs to everyone
So sad Things are tough enough and the loss of a loved one has to be added . Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family.
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you all.