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Columbia Missourian

Dorothy Sanders

By Missourian staff
March 27, 2013 | 5:07 p.m. CDT

PLEASANT PLAINS, Ill. — Dorothy H. Sanders, 92, of Pleasant Plains, Ill., died on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg Ill.

She was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Hannibal, Mo., to Walter and Rose Hubbard.

She married Harry Sanders on Nov. 9, 1941, and they celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2011. They previously lived in Payson, Ill., and Hannibal, Mo.

She worked as a secretary in many places during the Depression and throughout World War II, but her job as secretary at Seymour High School, Payson Ill., is the one that most people remember her for. She loved her job and the staff and the students who passed through the doors, family members said.

She was a member of Akers Chapel Church of Christ, Plainville, Ill.

She also enjoyed gardening, camping and going to the sporting events of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, John Sanders and wife, Sandra, of Columbia;  Nancy Tippin and husband, Morris, of Medora, Ind.; and Beth Kaufmann and husband, Robert, of Pleasant Plains, Ill.; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, a sister, Mary Wilson, a brother, Richard "Bud" Hubbard, an infant brother and a granddaughter died earlier.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, 2619 St. Mary's Ave., in Hannibal, followed by services at 2 p.m. The Rev. Jim Poll will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal immediately after the service.

Memorial gifts may be made to Oakwood Christian Church or Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch, in care of Smith Funeral Home, 2619 St. Mary's Ave., Hannibal MO 63401.

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