Sandra Rae Murphy


In Loving Memory of our Beloved Gram.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of our family’s matriarch, Sandy (Sandra) Murphy, on August 18, 2023 at the age of 84. She was born and raised in the picturesque town of Bear River, Nova Scotia. Throughout her life she ventured to various places within Nova Scotia before ultimately finding her forever home in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, in October of 1978. This close-knit community filled her heart with joy and she cherished every moment spent there.

As the middle child of three, she was a cherished daughter to Bernard and Margaret (Raymond) Frazee. She leaves behind a loving legacy, survived by her four children: Shari (Kevin), Kevin (Shawna), Trevor (Jerrie) and Donnie. She is also survived by her sister in-law Phyllis and her daughter in-law Belinda. Her legacy extended to 11 grandchildren: Allison (Trevor), Erika (Jay), Kyle (April), Allicia, Bryce (Kelsey), Breen, Christopher, Madyson, Damian, Sierra and Tasha. Additionally, she was blessed with 16 great-grandchildren who brought immense joy into her life. Sandy, as she was affectionally known, had a wide circle of friends and extended family members who will forever hold her dear in their hearts.

She endured heartbreak of losing her parents, her brother Bunny (Raymond), her sister Sharon, and her two sons Derek and Michael.

Sandy initially embarked on a career with working at Trailcross which supported youth but her true calling emerged when she became a dedicated child care provider for
numerous families in Fort Smith. Her nurturing nature and genuine love for children left an indelible mark on the lives she touched. Countless families lovingly refer to her as “Gram”.

In accordance with her final wishes, there will be no funeral service. However, a
graveside burial will take place when circumstances permit, though the date remains
uncertain amidst these unforeseen times. Further details will be communicated at a later date. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to a charity of your choice. Helping others held a special place in Sandy’s heart, and honouring her legacy through acts of kindness would be a fitting tribute.

In the midst of our grief, we find solace in the memories shared with our beloved Gram. Her love, laughter and smile will forever remain etched in our hearts. May she find
eternal peace and continue to watch over us from above. We love you Gram.

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25 Condolences

Leslie (Bremner) Harris

So sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. I’m thankful that I was able to spend a summer with her and her family many years ago. I’m praying for you and your whole family, Sheri, Kevin, Trevor and Donnie.

Patti and Simon Haaima

Condolences to you and your family. She was a wonderful woman and we have had many good laughs and conversations

Jeff and Lisa Fraser

We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Condolences from Jeff and Lisa Fraser.

Betty & Jim and Family

Our deepest Condolences to all the family.
Mother,Grandmother. Will be deeply missed.
R.I.P Sandy.

Maureen L Mercredi

So sorry for your loss Shari, sending my deepest condolences to the Families.
Rest In Peace, we will miss you coming down to the Thrift Store, always had smile for everyone.

Karen Scott

She always had time for everyone with the greatest smile and kind words. Hugs to all

Brenda Johnson

Sincere condolences to the family. I was one of the parents blessed and fortunate to have Sandy as a caregiver for my children until they reached school age. We had many a good laughs. Sandy was a very special lady. RIP Sandy.

Gladys Rehm

Sincere condolences to all her family. She visited often at Northern Lights Special Care Home with her friend Anne True and other Elders. She would often join the other Elders for Bingo and other special occasions celebrations. I recall she didn’t really like her picture taken but allowed it a handful of times. She will be missed by many . May she Rest In Peace. Gladys and Ken Rehm


We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Sandy’s sudden passing. We send our sincere condolences, hugs to all.

Trika Macdonald

My deepest condolences on the loss of your mom/gram. My thoughts and prayers are with all of. May she rest in peace.

Lesley Paulette

My heart felt condolences to all the family at this time of sorrow. Sandy was a truly loving person. She was my first son’s first childcare provider outside of the home and helped to set my mind at ease when I had to leave him to go to work. I hope your cherished memories of her will help you through this difficult time. Love to all.

Albertine Gambler

I am so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful person and friendly . I enjoyed working for her and helping her in home care. She would talk about her boys and their family . She was so proud of them and can tell she loved them so much.

Traci Gladue

I will always remember the little chats on the sidewalk as I would walk past the old folks home and she would be sitting there I would
Get an ear full at times. I will always remember her laugh and smile that beautiful gram!! Sending love to the family and I will always consider you mine.


So Sorry for the loss of Sandy. I remember Sandy so well. Loved her smile and laughter. I remember her and my dad were great friends! She always put a smile on my face, just seeing her coming down the sidewalk. She was a Treasure.

Jamie Schaefer

The Schaefer Family sends our condolences and prayers to the Young Family. Sandy always had a smile on her face when she saw me. She also made time to talk to me and see how I was doing. I will miss her for sure. RIP Sandy

Doreen Schaefer & Russell Couillonneur

Sheri & family. Our deepest condolences on the passing of a beautiful lady. Thinking of you all. A matriarch is lost but will never be forgotten. Her legacy will be live on by one of you. Hugs to all.

Richard and Barb Mercredi

Our deepest condolences to Sandy’s family. Always enjoyed seeing her smiling face


Sandy was a wonderful person – caring, capable, and always “there” for all of us #loveCathy

Shelley Brown

Our deepest condolences to family and loved ones. Aunt Sandy was definitely loved by many. I can still remember her laughter and that twinkle in her eyes. Such a free spirit…. may you be at peace knowing she has gone with those gone before.

Julie Rice

Our deepest condolences to Aunt Sandy’s immediate family. I remember her as always up for a good laugh with a beautiful twinkle in those dark brown eyes and her easygoing nature. She will be missed by many. love Julie, Linwood and Evan Rice.

Mary poitras

R.I.P. Sandy, you are flying with a some good people, cruising with Judy Heron

Lynda Martin

Tears are falling as I’m reading this beautiful tribute. Sandy was all that and more. My heart goes out to the family but the good memories will make you smile again.

Denise Yuhas

Dwayne and I send our condolences to the family. Sure going to miss my friend, one of a kind beautiful lady with a big heart.

Kim MacPherson

My heart breaks for your family. We all loved Sandy. I am grateful that she gave my children the best care possible back when she watched my boys. I will miss her witty comebacks & sense of humour. Prayers for strength for the family. Rest easy Sandy.


Your mother and grandmother always made me smile. I especially enjoyed playing cards with her. She was a special lady. She will be missed. In your hearts always.