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Remembering Our Mandala Sister, Sandra Boreen

It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I share the news of Sandra Boreen’s passing on May 2, 2019.

Sandra had been a part of our mandala community from the time I launched the first “Sharing Circle” four years ago.

Sandy so loved learning mandalas from you. Thank you for that so much. She went from someone who could hardly draw the circles to a person that was super comfortable with the process.”

in a Note from Sandra’s husband bruce
Sandra's mandala inspired by the collage mandala project
found on page 94 in "The Mandala Guidebook."
Sandra’s mandala inspired by the collage mandala project
found on page 94 in “The Mandala Guidebook.”

Sandra created countless mandalas over the years and experimented with a variety of mediums and styles.

Sandra's Dream Catcher Mandala, a project from The Great Round Course.
Sandra’s Dream Catcher Mandala, a project from The Great Round Course.

We had the opportunity to get to know her over the years in the many classes that she participated in.

Sandra endeavored to make peace with the challenges that life presented her and found optimism and hope in her mandala practice.

Sandra endeavored to make peace with the challenges that life presented her and found optimism and hope in her mandala practice.

Mandala Tote Bags created by Sandra Boreen. Gifts donated as prizes for our mandala community.

Sandra loved our mandala family and generously gave back creating these mandala tote bags that were given out as prizes at our Year End Solstice Celebration in 2018.

Ten mandalas inspired by the hexagram lesson in the Drawing I course.

Sandra was always up for a mandala challenge. Pictured here is her most recent collection of ten mandalas based on the hexagram lesson in the Drawing I course.

Sandra loved her magical garden. Whimsy was one of her favorite words.

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is Well.
~ Henry Scott Holland

From sandra lynn’s memorial service

Obituary

Sandra Lynn(Yuhase) Boreen, 71, of Grand Rapids, MN passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. She was born August 18, 1947 in Waukegan, IL to Frank and June Yuase. She graduated from Zion Benton High School in Zion, IL and attended college. Sandra married her 1st husband, James Clark until his passing in 1991. She married Bruce Boreen on September 11, 1993. She was a member of the MacRostie Art Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Douglas Yuhase.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Bruce Boreen of Grand Rapids, MN; children, Scott (Agnes) Clark of McHenry, IL, Jamie (Amy) Boreen of El Cerrito, CA, Heather Rae Boreen of Orlando, FL; brother, Gary Yuhase of Waukegan, IL; sister, Lori (Dean) Ashton of Beach Park, IL; three grandchildren, Annamarie Clark, Henry and Lydia Boreen; and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

An Invitation

You are invited to create a mandala in memory of our mandala sister, Sandra Lynn Boreen. I’ll be collecting the mandalas and notes of condolences to send to Sandra’s husband, Bruce.

Please send your mandala to me by July 13, 2019. Write to me at kathryn@100mandalas.com to get my mailing address and to let me know that you’ll be participating.

5 thoughts on “Remembering Our Mandala Sister, Sandra Boreen”

  1. Sending peace and comfort to her family-including the mandala sisters! What a sweet gift to offer the community, Kathryn: a chance to create a remembrance in the very medium she loved.

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  2. What a lovely gift to share with Sandra’s family. I am so sorry to read your news Kathryn. Sandra was a delightfully creative member of the Sharing Circle, who always contributed thoughtfully on the courses we shared together. She will be missed. 💐

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