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Sandra Spence Dorward



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Ascension St. Mary’s

Attn: Children’s Free Ward

800 S. Washington Avenue

Saginaw, Michigan 48601

Sandra (Spence) Dorward, age 84 of Savannah, GA and Saginaw, MI passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, October 26, 2021. She is survived by her children, Tamera Dorward, and Alexandria Barner (Scott); granddaughters, Caitlin and Madison Barner; sister, Susie S. Burns; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, James A. Dorward; and son, James E. (Duke) Dorward.

Sandra was raised in Saginaw, MI. After graduating from Duchesne Residence School in New York City, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri to teach at a private boy’s school. Returning to Saginaw she met and married Jim and together they raised their children and were active in the community. In 1999 they retired to Skidaway Island in Savannah, GA.

Sandra volunteered generously with numerous organizations in Saginaw throughout her lifetime, acting as chairwoman to events and holding leadership positions within various organizations. The primary beneficiaries of her time and talents were the Junior League of Saginaw, St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Room and the Children’s Free Ward.

Sandra was an avid golfer, both in Saginaw at the Saginaw Country Club where she served as President of the Association and later enjoying play on multiple courses, 5 days a week, at The Landings. A lifetime bridge player she recently took up mahjong allowing her to stay active and engaged.

Above all else Sandra was dedicated to her family and her love for and pride in Tammy, Sandy, Scott, Caitlin, and Madison has always been boundless. We will toast to her daily.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ascension St. Mary’s (Attn: Children’s Free Ward 800 S. Washington Avenue Saginaw, Michigan 48601.

Memorial service will be held 10:00-11:00 AM Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Oakwood Memorial Mausoleum, 5950 Gratiot Rd., Saginaw, MI 48638.

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4 Responses

  1. It would be an honor to donate in her memory. What a beautiful woman, one her raised beautiful children. Our love and sympathies.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Sandra was such a fun one to be with and brought a spark to every group she was a part of. Always so thoughtful and caring and her fun personality made everyone love her. Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. Paul and Sally Purcell

  3. Sandra, we are so blessed to have spent the last 20 plus years, laughing, crying and loving each other. We will miss you forever, but are so glad that you and Jim and Duke are together again. Rest In Peace buddy, we will miss that great laugh and wonderful wit! We love you. Lou and Gerry

  4. Sandra was a sweet and fun friend. She always had a smile and kind words for her friends. May she RIP.

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