Arkansas - Sandra Anne Hamel Rivard, 72, formerly of Brunswick, Maine, passed away peacefully on October 15th, 2020 with her loving family embracing her. She was born on September 9, 1948 in Lawrence Mass. A daughter of William O and Rose (Morin) Hamel. She attended area schools, graduating from St. Anne’s High School in Lawrence. While growing up, she met and fell in love with her childhood friend, John L Rivard. They were married on August 15, 1969 and spent the next 51 years together happily married. After several stops around the world, with John being enlisted in the Navy, they moved to Brunswick and laid down roots in Brunswick, Maine.
After raising her children, Peter, Matthew, Luke and Marie Rose with watchful love, Sandra focused on her education and graduated from the University of Southern Maine. Sandra was an active member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization in Multiple Maine chapters as well as her community in general. She had an open heart to all and an open door to those that needed. Often acting as a surrogate mother or sister to anyone that passed through her doorway. Sandra was an outstanding person whose love for life, knowledge and friendship was only surpassed by her great love of God.
Sandra leaves behind her husband, the love of her life for well more than 50 years, John L Rivard; sons, Peter, Matthew and Luke; her daughter Rose. As well as countless other friends and family. A service honoring and celebrating Sandra's life will be held August 6th, 2pm, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Brunswick Maine. All are welcome to attend.
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