Sandra Lee Axford, 63

Funeral services for Sandi Axford of Baudette will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Baudette. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Baudette. Interment will be at the Cemetery in Coleraine, MN.

Sandra Lee Axford passed away peacefully at LakeWood Health Center on December 21, 2011, after a four year battle with multiple myeloma with her family by her side.  Sandi was born on April 24, 1948 in Litchfield, MN to Herman and Larraine (Anderson) Kortz.  She grew up in Grand Rapids, MN with her mother, stepfather Delbert Shepherd, and younger siblings.  She graduated from high school there and was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church.

She was united in marriage to Gary Axford on April 2nd, 1971 and moved to Baudette in 1974.  Sandi loved spending time with her family, going to movies with her girlfriends, shopping and baking the world’s best orange glazed molasses cookies.  She has been a Home Interiors Displayer, worked at the Baudette Ben Franklin and until illness forced her retirement in 2007, worked for 16 years at Marvin Windows.  She was a loving Brownie leader, room mother, applier of band-aids, wiper of tears and giver of hugs.

Sandi is survived by her husband, Gary, of 40 years, her daughter Melissa and son-in-law Sean Sullivan of Lino Lakes, MN and grand-children Ella Ann, Jack Bishop, William Sean, and Maxwell John.  She will be remembered by sisters, Kathy (Chris) Seegmiller, Debra (Mike) McDonald and brother, John (Bonnie) Shepherd.  Brothers-in-law, Rod (Ronnie) Axford, Peter (Betty) Axford, Keith ( Ilene) Axford and sister-in-law, Lynne Bellefy (Tim) Broberg, numerous nieces and nephews, and several grand-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Larraine, birth- father, Herman, step-father, Delbert and sister-in-law and dear sister-in-law Cathy.

Sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

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