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Columbia Missourian

Dorothy Sanders, Nov. 6, 1920-March 26, 2013

By Smith Funeral Home & Chapel
March 27, 2013 | 4:58 p.m. CDT

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

Services will be held at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal, Mo., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Pastor Jim Poll will officiate. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. preceding the service with internment at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal occurring immediately following the service.

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

Dorothy was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Hannibal to Walter and Rose Hubbard, who preceded her in death. She married Harry Sanders on Nov. 9, 1941, and they celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2011. Harry preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister Mary Wilson, a brother Richard (Bud) Hubbard, an infant brother, and a granddaughter.

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.

For years, she, Harry, and their children were members at Akers Chapel Church of Christ, Plainville, Ill., where she rarely, if ever, missed a service or event that occurred, and invited and gave rides to any child that might not want to go alone. Dorothy also enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, camping, and going to sporting events of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial Gifts may be made to Oakwood Christian Church or Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch, in care of Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be offered at