- August 7, 1916 - July 29, 2009
- Missoula, Montana
of Elizabeth's Passing
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MISSOULA - Elizabeth Gertrude “Betty” Sanders of Missoula went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, and with her beloved husband Charles, who passed away in 2000 at age 90.
Betty was born August. 7, 1916, to James and Mabel (Haug) Marks of Felton, Minn. They later moved to Solway, Minn., where Betty grew up with three sisters and two brothers on the family farm and also attended school there. She worked as a housekeeper and babysitter before marrying Charles Noble Sanders, also of Solway, on August. 23, 1933. They lived in Solway for one year before moving to Snohomish, Wash., where Charles worked as a logger, farmhand and auto mechanic. After four years they returned to Solway, and Charles learned the machinist trade in nearby Bemidji during World War II. They moved to Crookston, Minn., and then to Minneapolis, where they lived until 1973. They retired to Missoula, where they belonged to the Missoula Alliance Church. Betty entered Bee Hive Homes in 2006.
While she and Charles were not blessed with children of their own, Betty loved children. She taught Sunday School, babysat and helped with youth events at her church. Betty participated in Bible studies, corresponded with missionaries and actively served the church wherever she lived. She also took pleasure in gardening, hiking in the mountains and fishing. In the early years of their retirement, she and Charles enjoyed spending several winters in Southern California and Arizona in their RV.
She is survived by one brother, Robert (Mary) of Rochester, Minn.; two sisters, Helen Johnson of Solway and Irene Bjelajac of Minneapolis; a brother-in-law, Harold Peterson of Grants Pass, Ore., and many nieces. She also is survived by her church family, including special caregivers Sara Wilson, Lowell Kauffman and Dr. John Bradford, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, William; one sister, Annie; two brothers-in-law, Glen Johnson and Edward Bjelajac; and two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Marks and Lucille Marks.
Services for Betty will be held Monday, August. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Missoula Alliance Church, 100 E. Foss Court, followed by a reception. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the Missoula Alliance Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family deeply appreciates the compassionate staff and excellent care Betty received during her time at the Bee Hive Homes. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.