Sandra E. McQueen

July 3, 1948-Dec. 4, 2020

Sandra E. McQueen, 72,

of New Town, ND, was

called home on December

4, 2020, at her winter

residence in Donna, TX.

Sandra “Sandy” De-

Maine was born July 3,

1948, in St. Vincent, MN,

to Ralph and Theresa

(Bertrand) DeMaine. She

was raised on the family

farm near Pembina, ND.

After graduating from

Pembina High School,

Sandy attended Mayville

State University, where

she graduated with a

bachelor’s degree in Edu-

cation. She continued her

education and earned her

certification for elementa-ry administration.

On June 1, 1968, Sandy

married James McQueen

in Pembina, ND. They

were happily married for

48 years at the time of

Jim’s death in March of

2017. She was a dedicated

teacher and administrator

for many years at various

schools throughout North

Dakota, including Fort

Totten, Columbus, Drake,

Willow City, Deering, and

Sawyer. Education was

Sandy’s passion and she

loved knowing she could

make a difference in her

students’ lives. Sandy and

Jim enjoyed their retire-

ment together, becoming

“winter Texans” and split-

ting their time between

Donna, Texas, and Van

Hook at Lake Sakakawea.

Sandy spent most of her

time outdoors doing the

things she loved, includ-

ing long walks, gardening,

traveling to new places,

and watching her grand-

kids’ many activities. She

especially loved spending

time at her lake home at

Van Hook, entertaining at

her annual 4th of July

gathering, and an evening

around the campfire. She

was a faithful friend, sup-

portive sister, and amaz-

ing mom. Her most cher-

ished role in life was be-

ing a grandma, carefully

planning special outings

for her grandkids anytime

she could. She beamed

with pride for each of

them. Sandy was a devout

Christian, and her faith

was a vital part of her life.

She lived selflessly, gen-

erously and made the

most of each day. We will

miss her beautiful smile

and infectious laugh more

than words can describe.

Survivors include

daughter, Darla (Matthew)

Miller, Minot, ND, son,

David (Lisa) McQueen,

Benedict, ND; grandchil-

dren, Carson and Camp-

bell Miller; Bailey, Carter,

and Brinley McQueen;

sisters, Shirley Kuenzel,

Grand Forks, ND; Paula

(Donnie) Peplow, Colstrip,

MT., several cousins,

nieces and nephews, and

great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in

death by her husband,

James McQueen; parents,

Ralph and Theresa

DeMaine; brother-in-law,

Byron Kuenzel; nephew,

Donald Swenson; her

father-in-law, James “Din”

McQueen; mother-in law,

Virginia McQueen; and

her grandparents.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: will be held Friday,

January 15th, 2021, at

11:00 am at Our Lady of

Grace Catholic Church,

Minot, ND, with a lun-

cheon immediately fol-

lowing at the Clarion

Hotel and Convention

Center. Masks and social

distancing are encour-


Interment: St. Eliza-

beth’s Catholic Cemetery,

Makoti, ND.

The service will be

livestreamed for the pub-

lic to view and can be ac-

cessed by going to

YouTube .

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