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Marie Sanders

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Aug. 15, 1924 - April 15, 2013

ELKHART — Marie Sanders, 88, of Elkhart, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at her home, surrounded by family.

Marie was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Shaw, Miss., to Genie and Clara (Watson) Bryson. On Jan. 2, 1950, in Sardis, Miss., she married Russell Sanders. Russell passed away Sept. 17, 1993.

Marie was a devoted member of Canaan Baptist Church and retiree of Elixir Industries.

Marie is survived by six daughters, Josephine Sanders of Atlanta, Reginia (Johnnie) Allen of Indianapolis, and Deborah Sanders-Arnold, Vivian (Roosevelt) Washington, Terry Sanders-Walker, Michella Sanders, all of Elkhart; one son, Alvin Sanders of Fort Wayne; 19 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Thelma Jackson and Hope Sanders; four brothers, Genie, Percy, Willie and Irving Bryson; two sisters, Massie Jimmerson and Lonnie Bryson; and one granddaughter, Renee Zimmerman.

Friends may call from noon until the start of the 1 p.m. service Monday, April 22, 2013, at Canaan Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Rice Cemetery.

Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Memorials may be given to Heartland Hospice.