Sandra “Sandy” Eilene (Bath) Kirkham, 81, born in Canton, Illinois, passed on Jan. 30, 2021, in Powell.
Cremation rites will be performed at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell. There will be no visitation or services per Sandy’s request.
Sandra (Sandy) was born to Quentin Bath and Charlene (Wright) Bath on Nov. 12, 1939. She graduated from Canton Senior High in 1957 and continued her eduction at Brown’s Business College in Peoria, Illinois. She married Ellis Kirkham Jr. on June 14, 1958, in Canton.
She worked as a phone order operator for Sears & Roebuck, in Canton, for many years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a Cub Scout den mom. Crafts were an important part of Sandy’s life, from ceramics to china painting to quilting and sewing. Sandra loved to read, especially Westerns. But she didn’t limit to the indoors. She also loved traveling, camping, going into the mountains, and hunting and fishing with Ellis. She kept a log of their many adventures. Most importantly though, she was a loving grandmother, particularly to her grandsons Bryan Jr. and Matthew who resided in Powell in their youth.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Shirley Bath (died in infancy) and Sharon (Morris) Swanson, son Bryan Robert Kirkham, and great-granddaughter Eliza Kendra Sh’aye Kirkham, and great-grandson Judah Kirkham.
Sandra is survived by her husband Ellis Kirkham Jr., children Morgan Ellis (Robin) Kirkham and Nelson Wayne (Starr) Kirkham, sister Anita (Larry) Fraikes, grandchildren Karesse (Joshua) Heisner, Quentin Ellis (Alyssa) VanDermay-Kirkham, Sabrina Eilene VanDermay-Kirkham, Bryan (Jennifer) Kirkham Jr., Matthew (Breana) Kirkham, James (Lyndsey) Tyler, Alisa D.C. (Mike) Kirkham-Bohanan, and great-grandchildren Maya and Kali Kirkham, Eleanor (Nora) and Reagan Kirkham, Nathaniel Shaw and Ellis Heisner and Rowan Heisner, and Elyse VanDermay-Kirkham, Iazic R.C. Kirkham-Bohanan, Arya Marie Tyler and N’oell D.R. Kirkham.
The family of Sandra wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Sarah Durney and the staff at Powell Valley Healthcare.
When Ellis and Sandra relocated from central Illinois to the sweeping plains and mountains of Wyoming, they totally and completely adopted the lifestyle and ethos of a native resident. They loved the west and wanted to be nowhere else.