It is with great sorrow and deep sadness that the family of Sandra Bessette (nee McMillan) announce her sudden passing on June 19, 2009. Sandy is survived by her children Rachelle Bessette (Sue Wien), Miranda Bessette and Justin (Chonz) Bessette, and her grandson Jacob.
She is also survived by her sisters Judy (Jim) Wandler and Kathleen (Al) Hudson, as well as her nieces Christa Wandler & Kimberley Hanterman (David Cavanagh), nephews Wade Wandler and Jason Hanterman, great nephews Dominik, Kaden & Maddox, great niece Kaili and her best friend Shelley (Rob) Parsons and their children Kimberly and Kevin Parsons. Surviving in-laws include Manfred & Emily Wien, Jeff (Laurie) Wien and their son Mason.
Sandy was welcomed into Heaven by her parents Mary and Lorne McMillan.
Everything that Sandy did was done with a positive attitude, and difficult times were met with a smile on her face and some form of a sarcastic joke. Her ability to make people laugh during trying times is something that will be missed sorely by those who knew her.
Sandy was an avid volunteer in the school system, as well as various charities. When her daughter was struggling with cancer, Sandy decided that there was not enough support for parents with children suffering from the disease, so she began a Calgary Chapter of Candlelighters Kids With Cancer. That's the type of person Sandy was. If there was a problem, she did not waste time complaining - she simply took it upon herself to solve it.
She was always there to lend a hand to people, seeming to know and seek out those who were struggling and assisting them without having been asked, even at times when she was dealing with her own battles. She touched many lives through her kindness, dedication, unselfishness and hard work.
Sandy loved her family and best friend Shelley more than anything. She would have done anything for her children, sisters Judy and Kathi, nieces, nephews and friends. The people in her life are who she lived for. Her grandson Jacob was the light of her life and could do no wrong in her eyes. Their bond was like no other.
Her sudden death shocked us all; this world and those closest to her will not be the same without her. Those who knew her were truly blessed - those who did not missed out on a wonderful person.
“Little we knew that morning, God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone,
for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.”