Sandra “Sandy” Kay Ford
Sandra “Sandy” Kay Ford, 71, of Nampa Idaho passed away peacefully on Thursday February 24, 2022, in her home surrounded by her loved ones.
Sandra Kay was deeply in love and happily married to her best friend, Russell Ford. Sandra was a deeply faithful child of God and was steadfast in her commitment to bring each of her children to the Lord. She was ultimately successful in this most high responsibility bestowed upon a loving Mother.
Sandra was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pomona, California and attended many services at Calvary Chapel Antelope Valley.
In her lifetime, Sandra participated in several occupations, doing whatever it took to provide for her family. Sandra served in her last occupation as Culinarian of Crestview Convalescent Hospital from which she retired in 1991.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, John Emberton and Elsie Stafford, her siblings, Dale, Sherlene, Judy, Sharon, and Charles, and her grandson, Randy Ramirez.
Sandra is survived by her husband of 41 years, Russell Ford, her daughters, Tammy, Christina (Jesse), Rachael, and Rhiannon (Cameron), grandchildren, Jennifer, Christian, Jesse, Wendy, Jessecca, Christina, Robert, Nuria, Jadon, Maximillian, Zachariah, and soon to be born Baby Boy Kim, and great grandchildren, Felicia, Ezri, Rosalene, and Grayson.
Thank you to Canyon Home Care & Hospice for everything they have done to provide comfort and support to Sandra and Russell during this transition.
Our Thoughts of Sandra Kay, Mom, Grandma…
Tammy (Daughter): “Her joy, her heart, laughter, her face, ‘Give it to God.’”
Rachael (Daughter): “Bringing me to God, her compassion, she always listened and understood, I could talk to her about God or anything without feeling shame.”
Rhiannon (Daughter): “She was spirited, loved to laugh, and was already to start a play fight.”
Christian (Grandson): “I spent all day yesterday thinking about Grandma Sandy, I was thinking about who she was and who we all are in relation to her. It really saddens me that my pool of memories isn't more recent, but after some reflection, I came up with some thoughts.
I can remember when my mother left me with Grandma Sandy, Grandpa Russell, and Aunt Rhiannon to go do boot camp. I was young, but I can vaguely remember the air of the 90s, a fresh pre-toxication that will never return. Rhiannon was like my best friend, and total idol. Grandpa Russell was the goofy grandpa calling me Christian Allen Deets. And Grandma Sandy was my rock while my mom was away. She was so kind and loving.
I remember not wanting to leave any of these people.
But time has a way of getting away from us.
My deepest thoughts go with Grandma Sandy... but with those thoughts come new thoughts about the rest of my family. Time is a river passing through space and we are simply travelers on it. We NEED to regroup and reconnect. We MUST embrace each other. I am truly afraid of a future where Ezri, my daughter, doesn't know any of these people beyond their names and vague descriptions.
I find it appropriate that Grandma Sandy has passed before any of our other immediate family (that I know of) and is in a way heralding that passage of time for us. It is characteristic of her bravery and love for her family.
Thank you Grandma Sandy. Thank you for being that rock.
We all love you very much.”
Jessecca (Granddaughter): “I think about her faith and peace at the end of life – her acceptance and preparedness for the life that will come after this one (without question). I think about when we would write letters to each other for a while, she was always both trying new things and sure to talk about all the people in the family on the other side that I hadn’t kept in touch with (she had a way of bringing our family together).
And I can’t help it, but I always think about her little giggles and smile whenever she’d have a margarita – the funny little innuendos she would make. She could say a lot without having to say much at all and you could just see it in her smirk and her eyes. I hope to be as at peace with things as she was when my time comes around.”
Christina (Granddaughter): “When I remember Grandma, I think about her excitement when she received things, she was always so grateful and kind. I think about her excited smile when she saw me and Robby, and how she would always be flabbergasted when she realized we were bigger. She was always a mood lifter, even when sleeping she was nice company. I remember going to visit her and we went to church with her. I remember her being so into it, enjoying every second of it even when Robby and I would get a little restless. Her faith and engagement always somehow made me feel more engaged. I will always remember her as a bright light in the room, a happy comfort in the room, and a very sweet face to see, even the last time I saw her.”
Robert (Grandson): “I had always looked forward to seeing Grandma because she was always funny and her presence was always comforting and relaxing somehow. She was a great person to me and I'm very happy she gave me the mother I have today.”
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