On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Sandra (Sandy) Kirkham, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at the age of 78. Sandy was born on January 11, 1941, in Tulare, Calif., to Weslee and Rose Sarment.
Sandy grew up in Visalia until she got married and moved to Bakersfield in 1960 and then moved to Lake Isabella in 1962. She gave birth to four beautiful boys. In 1978, she met and married the love of her life, Dwayne Kirkham, which added two more boys to the family. Sandy and Dwayne owned and operated Lake Isabella Hardware for more than 40 years. They spent many years volunteering for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Kern County Search and Rescue. For decades she found ways to give back to her community through her time at First Baptist Church Lake Isabella. Sandy had many talents and hobbies, but enjoyed photography and quilt making most of all. Sandy’s real passion was spending time with her husband, her numerous children and her 26 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
Sandy found great joy in her relationship with Christ. Although Sandy became saved later in her adult years, she spent almost 20 years searching, finding, and growing daily in her knowledge of God’s Word and sharing His Good News.
Sandy was preceded in death by her mother, Rose (who was 41 years old at the time of her passing), her son, Kevin and her grandson, Jeremy. She is survived by her husband, Dwayne; her five sons: Terry, Randy, Clay, Gary and Barry and their wives; siblings, Michael and Weslee, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will take place on July 24 at Kern River Valley Funeral Home from 4-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on July 25 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church Lake Isabella with graveside service to follow at 12 p.m. at Wofford Heights Cemetery. Luncheon Reception in her honor will take place at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Lake Isabella following the graveside. In honor of Sandy, everyone wear green.