Sandra Jean "Sandee" Kandra

1943 ~ 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Sandra Jean Kandra Obituary

The Kandra family would like to start by thanking everyone for coming today to remember and celebrate their matriarch, Sandra Jean Kandra. Your kindness and support mean so much to all of them.

Let’s begin with an image of what Sandee might be doing at this very moment up in heaven. Some of you may not know that she had a twin brother who died at birth. His absence in her life was something that she often commented on, saying how much she wished he had been part of her life. Picture her joy at finally getting to meet him and then, over pot after pot of coffee, telling him all about Ernest and Laura, their parents, Gordon, Loren, Darin, and Kreg, and all of her life’s adventures. Oh, and of course Scamp, one of many pets, has probably been running happy circles around both of them the whole time.

Sandra was born in Johnson City, New York but her family moved west when she was very young. She grew up on a farm in the Klamath Basin where they grew alfalfa and grain and raised pigs and turkeys. She helped with the farming duties and raised pigs with her 4H club, knowledge that she eventually passed on to her three boys.

Family was the center of Sandee’s life, and she loved spending time outdoors with Gordon and their sons, doing things such as backpacking, camping, and fishing. Their annual elk hunting trip was something she looked forward to every year, especially after the boys no longer lived at home, and time together as a family happened less frequently. She also especially enjoyed outings on various lakes on their boats, the K-5 Special and Country.

Sandra also enjoyed traveling and over the years she and Gordon visited Spain, Russia, Germany, Mexico, and Hawaii. When her years of traveling outside of Oregon were over, spending time in Brookings was something that she relished and did often.

Life on the Kandra Five Farm was busy and Sandra was the cog that kept things running smoothly. Throughout the years, she often drove the trucks during harvest times as well as operating other farm equipment. To take care of her family while they worked and went to school, she made breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily (and boy was she a good cook), ferried her sons to and from sports practices and games, and had a huge garden and canned everything from A to Z come fall, among many other household chores. Speaking of gardens….you know, Sandra hated snakes and once when she was in her garden she saw a little garter snake slithering along, minding its own business. Sandee screamed, grabbed the closest object (which happened to be a shovel), and proceeded to chop that unlucky snake into pieces.

Sandee also found time to enjoy hobbies that included sewing, playing bridge, playing the organ for church, singing with the Klamath Chorale, and raising donkeys. Gordon remembers a time when Sandee went out towards evening to throw the donkeys their hay, and when she came back in, she noticed she didn’t have her wedding ring on. Figuring that it slipped off her finger when she was tossing the hay for the donkeys, she and Gordon went out in the rain to look for it but they couldn’t find it. When Sandee went out in the morning to feed the donkeys again, she noticed a little glint of light flashing about 15 feet away, and it was her diamond ring! It was a good thing Gordon bought her a real diamond that sparkled in the rain! She wore her ring every day and never lost it again. Another “Donkey” highlight of hers was…At Christmastime one year, Gordon (playing Joseph) led Sandra (playing Mary) on their donkey (Judy) down the aisle in the church play. It was a cherished moment Sandee would mention over the years!

The Oregon Ducks. Sandra loved to watch her Ducks play and always did plenty of armchair coaching. When they won, she was happy for days but when they lost, it was a whole other story.

Sandra always enjoyed visiting with her family and friends and her legacy as a wife, mother, and friend will live on and will be truly missed.

“My Name is I Am”
I was regretting the past and fearing the future. And then suddenly my Lord was speaking: He paused. I waited. He continued, “When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I Was. When you live in the future with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I Will Be. When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here, my name is I Am.”

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Memorial Service
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
Malin Baptist Church
2327 Rush Ave
Malin, OR 97632


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