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In Loving Memory of Sandra Joan Compton


Sandra Joan Compton (nee Pugh), born the 13th of March 1938 in Regina, Saskatchewan, died peacefully at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital on November 16, 2021 with family by her side. 


Sandy spent her early years in Fort Qu’Appelle and Tisdale, Saskatchewan, enjoying summers at the family camp on Lake Kipabiskau.  As a young woman, Sandy enjoyed a wide variety of outdoor activities and became quite an accomplished athlete. Favourite memories from her early years included lifeguarding and competing in waterski jumping events. 


Sandy completed the Graduate Nursing Program at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1959.  Following her marriage to Len that same year, Sandy and Len relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia where Sandy worked at the Grace Maternity Hospital until 1963 while Len attended Dalhousie Law School.


In August 1963, Sandy and Len, along with their young family moved to Kenora where Sandy quickly became an involved member of the community.  Sandy’s gracious and generous spirit led to active volunteer work, which has touched many lives.  Among her numerous roles, Sandy gave tirelessly of herself and was particularly proud of her involvement as the St. Alban’s Cathedral Rector’s Warden, serving as the Ontario Provincial Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada, and her 10,000 plus volunteer hours with the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Auxiliary in a variety of positions, from years of knitting for the newborns to serving as President. 


Music was always important and present in Sandy’s life.  She was particularly proud of being a member of the Sunset Country Handbell Ringers. Her other talents were many and varied. She loved cooking, quilting, knitting, playing bridge, golfing and a good laugh over coffee with her close friends. Her many beautiful handmade quilts and wall hangings are treasured by family and friends.  She was so pleased to see that her creative skills were passed on.


Sandy’s greatest accomplishments were being a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Her grandchildren and great-granddaughters were her absolute pride and joy.  Sandy was known to regularly drop everything at a moment’s notice to help with her grandchildren, whom she loved spending time with.  Sandy will be remembered as a young-at-heart, fun-loving Grandma by her grandchildren who hold countless memories dear to their hearts. 


Sandy was predeceased by her parents, Doris and Roy Pugh, brother Barry, and infant grandson Tucker.


Sandy is survived by Len, her husband of 62 years; son Scott (Gwen), grandchildren Madeline, Lisle, Roy; daughter Shelley (Ray Landry), St. Hilaire grandchildren Matt (Elissa Rennert-May and great-granddaughters Emmy and Ella), Riley (Kelsey), Hope (Mitch Conway); daughter Nancy (Bart Yabsley), Yabsley grandchildren Meghan (Matt Gougeon), Erin; son Jeff, grandchildren Charlie and Seth.  She is also survived by her cherished brother Harold MacKay (Jean), and sister-in-law Eileen Pugh.  Sandy also leaves several nieces, nephews, and many loving close friends who will miss her dearly. 


Sandy lived life with a quiet strength, unwavering determination and independence.  Her tenacity was inspiring. Sandy was also a very understanding and caring woman.  Her advice to us was that she hoped we would live our lives knowing that “many things good and bad happen during everyone’s life.  But love is the cornerstone that I have tried to live my life by, and sometimes it is not easy.  But I feel love is steadfast and enduring forever, love is kind and patient and it is eternal.  Please remember my love.”  We will treasure her words and lean on them for support as we begin to move forward. 


Family and close friends will celebrate Sandy’s life at a service to be held at St. Alban’s Cathedral on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Marion Jackson officiating.  Interment will take place at a later date.  


The family would like to thank Dr. Noack for her excellent care throughout the years, Char and the Palliative Team, and the ER staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.   


Flowers are gratefully declined, but if friends so desire, donations to The Carillon Bells Committee at 312 Main Street South, Kenora P9N 1T2, or to a charity of one’s choice, would be appreciated.

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