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YOUNG, Sandra “Sandy” Louise (nee Floyd)

August 25, 1949 – September 23, 2013

Sandy or more recently known as “The Queen”, was 64 at the time of her death. We gathered around her on Monday, September 23, 2013 to share in her beautiful passing. Sandy took her last breath in the arms of family, and close friends at 2:11 p.m. while her son-in-law and her two grandsons sent her off in prayer with sacred smudge smoke from the Chapel. She was in the gentle care of the Foothills Medical Centre, Palliative Unit, in Calgary, Alberta.

Sandy described her journey through lung cancer as challenging, scary, and healing. Through it she found beauty, love, deep relationships, forgiveness, and acceptance. Cancer became a healer companion for her… no battle or fight required. She broke all the odds, sharing life with us over a year longer than her original prognosis. Sandy also endured pain that would keep many people bed-ridden; her determination to play with her grandchildren in spite of the progression of cancer to her spine, had her down at the beach, laughing and joyful on our last family vacation in between hospital stays.

Sandy was born on August 25, 1949 in Calgary, AB welcomed by her parents, Eunice Beresford (Goodwin) and William Thomas Floyd, and her big brother Rick. Although she reconnected with her sister Jan later in life, she was so special to her as well.

As a young girl, Sandy was regularly wanting to play with all the “boys'” stuff… cars, and power tools still being tops on her list! She was an avid track and fielder, and was on the volleyball team in school. Being a ‘foodie’ from the start she loved lots of traditional foods and made the best Mac n’ Cheese, Turkey Soup, and Pumpkin Pie… but no Stew for her!

Sandy married her friend and companion, Kevin Young in Peterborough, ON. Their marriage ended in divorce yet yielded the light of Sandy’s life, their daughter, Deirdre.

Sandy began working at young age as a successful hairdresser, not having finished High School. However when Deirdre was a toddler, she completed the Interior Design program at Niagara College. There she met and kept a life-long friend, Margaret Graham, who became Deirdre’s “nother mother”.

Working full-time as a single-mom wasn’t easy. And yet, Sandy’s tenacity kept her on the move from Interior Design work through to Facilities Management here in Calgary and in Toronto. Her final work was in Calgary with Deloitte in Records Management. At one point she used her employ at CO-OP groceries as a paid “work-out program”. Sandy even got close to some hot rods (that’s the cars…) when she worked for her brother Tim at The Temple of Torque. Her love of Tupperware and organization lives on in our kitchen cupboards as well!

She was also a full-time Dance Mom, set designer, artist, seamstress, chauffeur, and her daughters’ biggest fan. Always the Late-Night Listener, sounding board, encourager for many as well as a “Gardening Therapy” advocate, justice seeker and sticking up for those who seemed voiceless or in need of a Thanksgiving Dinner invite…she will be missed.

Sandy’s courage had her explore some childhood wounds that offered her a way through what once felt too dark to tread. This lead her into a new awareness and new possibilities. We are better because of her willingness to share her hurt, her truth, her growth, her knowing, and her life as it was.

Sandy is survived by these beloved: her amazing daughter Deirdre Young and wonderful son-in-law, Bill Owens; her incredible grandchildren, Fynn and Kai; her precious mom Eunice; her beloved siblings, Rick (Arlene), Tim (Cindy), and Matt (Maureen); her dear sister Jan (Jerry); her nieces and nephews, Karen and her children, Ian and family, Shayne, Lisa, Stephanie, Samantha; her Aunt Kay and family, Uncle George, Uncle Ken and family, Alice Floyd and family, Carolyn Knutson and family; and our friends that became family: Marco, Angela and Femke (wow!) vanSon, Eileen and Royale Underhill, Kimberley Winsor and Jessica Palik and their families, Margaret Graham and family, Sandi Wade and family, Carol Robertson and family, Heather Miller and her Deloitte colleagues and so many cousins, extended family and friends from Vancouver Island, across the Prairies through to the East Coast.

Sandy wanted to mention the care and healing she experienced within the community of Woodbine Heights Baptist Church (Toronto) when under the direction of Rev. Barbara Bishop. This marked a significantly spiritual time in her life that she brought forward with her. She will also be missed by Deirdre’s extended family, especially by her sister Brooke (Terry).

Sandy was predeceased by her father William; and her baby brother Shayne. She also missed her Aunt Ivy (Floyd), and Dorinel and Clarence Young as they kept her close and loved her dearly until their passing.

A Memorial Celebration Service and Party in Sandy’s Honour will be held at Friends Church (900 47th Avenue S.W.) on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with a Reception to follow at Friends Church. Sandy was cremated at Chapel of the Bells on September 28, 2013. Her immediate family will care for her ashes as per Sandy’s wishes.

All flowers are being provided through Anne Paterson’s Flowers.

In lieu of flowers:
Additionally, Sandy desired 2 things. 1) that her grandchildren would have the opportunity to educate themselves and travel in ways she only dreamed of and 2) to assist others with cancer to heal via natural means that she believed kept her with us longer and healthier than other methods would have. Although not required, if you would like to offer a modest contribution to either of these wishes, you can send them using email to: sandyschoice1949.2013@gmail.com via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use this method. Please make mention of how to direct your contribution.

We would most appreciate that you share your memories of Sandy via email: sandyschoice1949.2013@gmail.com or via the McInnis & Holloway obituary site: www.mcinnisandholloway.com

We thank Dr. Josephene Juell DC and Jessica Palik RMT for their generosity in Sandy’s wellness and for the deep work inspired through Rita Bozi 3in1Consultant Practitioner and Dr. Allissa Gaul ND.

Thank you to:
Team Sandy (Jill, Angela, Tanya, Elli) for Loving What Is and loving The Queen and her family unconditionally,
All family who cared for GG, and took care of business and tasks so that Deirdre could focus on her mama,
Rob Low for the dress inspiration for Sandy,
Anne Paterson’s Flowers, Elli and the Girls, for bringing beauty to Sandy’s life each week and for the continued sharing of beauty with those in palliative care who still need it,
For all of you who followed our last 2 months via email updates, visited, texted, brought sweet treats…

Thank you to all who supported us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You have been invaluable and hold a special place in our hearts as we grieve and celebrate Sandy.

In Sandy -“The Queen’s”- words: “Hi Hon!”, “I am what I am until I’m not; right now I am fully me.”, “Kozy Shack…is spelled with a K”…”Ya think?!”, “I have a New Normal each day”.

When someone dies and the ache is great we know that the love was deep such that we get to miss her so very much.

Here’s to truly…

“Loving What Is”…

Amen, as in… Let it Be so.

In living memory of Sandy Young, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dee and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss and so glad to read that Sandy passed from this life to the next with same spirit and spunk that I will remember her for. Heaven just got a whole lot more fun! Sending you warm wishes and prayers of continued healing. She was very blessed to have you as you were her. x0x0x Pam

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  2. Dale and ruth schmidt :

    We will miss you Sandy you where a great friend

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  3. Sharon Bell @ Diakonos Retreat :

    Dear Dee, Billy, Fynn and Kai ~

    What a wonderful and precious privilege to have known Sandy and to have enjoyed her unending upbeat humour! How I grieve her passing and will miss the visits we had ~ especially the last one just before she left us!
    Please feel my prayers and love at this time for all of you. Many Blessings From Sharon

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  4. Marcel Carpenter :

    Sandy made the world a better place to be. When grandmother, daughter and granddaughter presided over events and gatherings-it was marvelous. I am so thankful I got to know the three of you and your wonderful families. I am sad in the short term for all of us left behind. In the long term we will rejoice together in a place where pain and suffering have been eternally banished..

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  5. Deirdre,
    I send you my heartfelt condolences. Losing a parent is so very difficult. Your Mom was very special and I still remember how special she made me feel many years ago when we spent time together. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Ingrid Meger

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  6. Ellen, Bobbi Anne,Patricia and Monica :

    Always with a smile and a “Hi Hon” made us feel loved. Aunt Sandy will be deeply missed by her east coast nieces. Rest in peace Aunt Sandy. Deepest sympathy to all that knew and loved her.

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  7. Chere Dee,

    Je ne sais pas si c’est ta maman qui est décédée , si c’est le cas ,reçois toutes nos condoléances de la part de notre famille en souvenir de notre amitiés Michel et françoise

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  8. Julie Huckabone :

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  9. Thank you Sandy for your catchy smiles that came from the inside out!
    For your dear ones who said “Bye for now”, may their smiles soon outnumber their tears as they think of you.

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  10. Thank you Sandy for your catchy smiles that came from the inside out. For your dear ones who said “Bye for now”, may their smiles soon outnumber their tears as they think of you.

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  11. The care that you and yours, Deirdre, gave your mother throughout her process was inspiring. What a gift. Much love to all of you.

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  12. Vic and Vi Harbidge :

    We were so sorry to see the obituary of Sandy’s passing, which we were able to bring up on the internet. It was beautifully written. Thank you.
    We always thought of Sandy as a very “upbeat” person in spite of life’s challenges. We were unaware that she was ill and would like to have visited her. A Mom, Grandma and Daughter is such a special person and the hole left in your hearts is huge. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the wonderful memories you have of her bring you peace. Blessings to you all,
    Love, Vic and Vi

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  13. Sandy you have changed and inspired my life by showing me it is possible to accept what is, every step of the journey. You are a lady who died with your boots on! Living with the passion of all that you where. So proud to have been able to sit with you; share some tears, some giggle and our frosty’s. There is a hole in my heart…you are missed.

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  14. Kay Redmond and Family :

    Our deepest sympathies to the Young and Floyd families for the loss of someone so very dear to all of you. Sandy was very special and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

    Love Kay and Family

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  15. Melissa & Marty :

    She will be fondly remembered & greatly missed.
    Every time I walk to my car I expect to hear a knock on the kitchen window followed by a huge smile & wave. Letting my dogs outside & lifting them up to greet her while she was sitting at the kitchen table.
    She is an amazing, beautiful , soul that will live on with all the wonderful memories she has given us all .

    XOXO

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  16. I really thought that I would see you again. I am so sorry. We had many a McDonalds Breakfasts together when you were training me. I said that you should have a check up and Xrays and now you are gone. I will see you Sandy when our lives come together. Thank you for being part of mine.

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  17. I am grateful to have known Sandy for so many years. I will always remember her bravery, particularly in her journey to know and love herself. I will remember her artistry and how she described painting to me (both the voluntary paintings and the therapy ones)! I will remember her stories about her family and her obvious love for each and every one of you. I will remember her wit and sarcasm, and the smile with which she concluded most statements! Heartfelt condolences to all of you who share in this grief, and celebrate this life. Much love, Allissa.

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  18. Eunice,
    We were so sorry to hear of Sandra’s passing. We first met you and Sandy a few years ago when Dave King held a reunion party. When Sandy heard that our daughter Amber was moving to Calgary she insisted that they should get in touch. Your whole family became a second family to Amber and we will be forever grateful. God bless you all and give you comfort.
    Love
    Art and Gertie King

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  19. JeriLynne Erickson :

    I am so grateful to have known Sandy and to have had the privilege of enjoying her spunky spirit. I have thought of her many times over the years and appreciate being contacted about her passing. My love to Dee and Billy and the boys! You were soo very loved by her.

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