Sandra Kendrick

Obituary of Sandra Kendrick

KENDRICK, Sandra Ruth (nee Woram)

How does an obituary in a local newspaper

adequately describes one’s life? You were so

much more.

Your obituary will not include a list of volunteer

organizations; a list of contributions made in the

community; nor will it include a list higher

educational accomplishments.

Instead, it will say this…

Sandra was a single mom of 5 kids within 6 years.

She worked a multitude of jobs to feed, clothe

and put a roof over their heads, sometimes 3

jobs at a time. For more than 20 years, she was

a cocktail waitress/bartender for the Ontario

Jockey Club and was a union leader. Seasonally

that job required her to travel hours but she did

to ensure her children had a nice house to grow

up in. Something they could be proud of.

It will read that she could bake and cook like no

other. She made a tomato soup and Bisquick

dish that mirrored any 5-star dish. Little did we

know it was loaded with biscuits to fill up our

stomachs. It would tell you that she taught all

five of her kids to bake and cook. Sandra

mastered sewing, crocheting canning and how

to decorate a house on a penny to make it “a

home” and how she started the “lunch-swap

program at Garrison Rd. School. It will tell you

even though we were poor, our birthdays and

holidays were always made special.

It would tell you how she loved her sister,

brother and brother-in-law dearly and how she

loved to read and would read a book a day. It will

tell those how you were self-taught and how

intelligent you were. It would share that you

wrote the most beautiful poetry and you

published under the pen name of S.R. Quinn. It

would tell you how she loved the water,

especially the Niagara River and the Great Lakes.

Sandra loved Nova Scotia, fuzzy slippers, politics,

black licorice and her daughter’s cooking &


It would share how generous you were and the

many, many sacrifices which you made for those

who were not your own. It may have been to

offer a place to eat & sleep; financial help for

clothes, legal expenses, dental braces, education

and more and this was done at your own

expense. Even though her wallet was always

empty, her heart was always full of


It would also tell you that she fought her own

demons throughout her life, both emotionally

and mentally. Her life was not easy, but she was

a fighter. It would tell you how she instilled

morals and values in her kids. She taught them

right from wrong and to be kind. She taught

them to treat others as they would want to be

treated. She taught them to “stick” together

because in the end, they would only have each

other who knew ‘their story’.

It would tell you that she lived. It would say she

lived her life so her kids would have lives. She

was a Mother, a Daughter, a Grandmother, a

Great grandmother, a Sister, an Aunt, a Cousin

and a Friend. It would tell you that her life

mattered. She was someone. She was “Our

Mom” and she truly believed we were her

“greatest success”.

Born Sandra Ruth Woram on December 27, 1944

in Niagara Falls. She died peacefully September

24, 2023 with her loved ones by her side. She

was 78.

She is survived by her 5 children. Kelly Lee

Collings (Lorne), Terre Lee Moyer (Tom), Todd

Kendrick (Jenny), Darren Kendrick and Michelle

Lee Hall. 10 grandchildren, Blair William

Collings, (Bianca), Lauren Lee Hall, Alexsandra

Lee Nilges, Mikayla Ruth Kendrick, Zachary

Robert Nilges, Brendan James Hall, Brooks

Wayne Kendrick, Maddie Lee Margaret Kendrick,

Carter Regan Kendrick and Alana Carol Kendrick,

one great grandson Finnigan Fox Collings, her

beloved sister and brother-in-law, Hilary and

Dennis Knutson, her beloved brother Bryon Lee

Woram, 4 Bonus grandchildren, Joseph, James &

Justin (Sheila) Collings, Andrew Moyer (Marissa),

2 Bonus great-grandchildren, Noah & Emily

Collings, 3 nieces & 2 nephews, several cousins,

great nieces & nephews and many loving friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved

parents Dorothea (nee Sanderson) and Harry

Woram, several Aunts, Uncles, cousins and


A private family service will be held on Friday,

September 29th at 1:30 pm at Fairview Cemetery

in Niagara Falls, Ontario

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers,

donations may be made to Niagara Region

Mental Health or the Fort Erie SPCA.