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Sandra Louise Palmer


Sandra Louise Palmer

The family of Sandra Louise (Cunningham) Palmer announce her peaceful passing at Hospice Fredericton on May 15, 2021. She died in the same style that she lived her life-with dignity, grace and courage. 

Born in Arvida, Quebec on November 2, 1945. She was the daughter of the late Angus and Violet (Tabor) Cunningham. 

At the age of five, her family returned to New Brunswick, spent time in Sussex with extended family, and then settled in Saint John, where she became a proud "South Ender". After completing Grade 13 at Saint John High School, she went on to graduate from the Medical Laboratory Technology Course in Saint John. 

Sandra had a rewarding career as a "Lab Tech" at Hotel Dieu Saint Joseph in Perth-Andover, NB. This is where, Sandra, with her husband, Harry, raised their family. During her time in Perth-Andover, she supported many community activities, but was most proud of her involvement with Hotel Dieu Hospital Auxiliary and the New Brunswick Association of Hospital Auxiliaries, including her role as editor of its provincial newsletter. Sandra was also an active member of Trinity Anglican Church, enjoyed any group that involved gardening and expression of the arts, and made life-long friendships. 

In her retirement, she and Harry moved to Fredericton, NB, where she became a committed member of Christ Church Cathedral and continued her love of art, through her involvement with the Heritage Rug Hooking Group and Cathedral Matters.  During this time, she also enjoyed being with family (most of all her three grandchildren), travelling near and far with Harry, meeting newly discovered relatives, and spending good times with dear friends. 

Sandra is survived by her loving family, including her husband of 53 years, Harry, and their three children: Andrew Palmer (Maura), Kentville, NS, Kara McCready (Mark), Quispamsis, NB and Katherine Palmer (Andrew Rogers), Fredericton, NB; her three precious granddaughters: Sophia, Megan and Violet; sister-in-law Shirley Conrad (Allan), Dartmouth, NS, niece Trina Conrad, Toronto, ON, as well as her beloved Sussex family: Aunt June, Aunt Georgina "Georgie" and many cousins. 

Besides her parents, Sandra was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Queenie Palmer and father-in-law, Herbert (Bert) Palmer, a number of aunts and uncles, her niece Debra Boehner, and by her first child, infant daughter, Sarah.

Sandra left the world a more beautiful place. She found value and beauty in all things and expressed it through her art, her gardens, her sense of adventure and her interactions with others.  Her kindness, strength, wit and humility will have a lasting impact on all that knew her.

The family would like to thank the staff of 4NE and Palliative Care at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, as well as the staff at Hospice Fredericton for their excellent and compassionate care. 

For those who wish, donations may be made to Christ Church Cathedral: Organ Restoration Fund, Hospice Fredericton, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

To celebrate Sandra’s life, a funeral will be held at Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton NB, on Wednesday May 19, 2021 at 2pm.  Covid protocols and restrictions will be followed. To attend the service, please pre-register at the Christ Church Cathedral’s Website at and go to the top of the page and choose "Cathedral Sign Ups". If unable to attend, the service will be live streamed: Go to Christ Church Cathedral’s Website at, and at the top of the page choose the red box which will redirect you to the service on YouTube.

An interment will be held following the service at 4pm in the Gladstone Cemetery, Fredericton Junction, NB.

Bishops Funeral Home (506-458-1885) 540 Woodstock Road, Fredericton, have been entrusted with the arrangements, online condolences and sharing of memories may be made at .
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Service Date
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Service Time
2pm - Please pre register at church website
Service Location
Christ Church Cathedral

Burial Date
May 19, 2021
Burial Time
Burial Location
Gladstone Cemetery, Fredericton Junction

Requested Charity
Christ Church Cathedral: Organ Restoration Fund, Hospice Fredericton, the Brain Tumour Foundation o