Dorothy Jean Sanders
November 19, 1934 - May 20, 2020
Dorothy Jean Sanders, born on November 19, 1934, and transitioned on May 20, 2020, in Pensacola, Florida, where she lived in an Assisted Living facility. Dorothy was born in Havana, Florida, and lived her early years in Tallahassee, surrounded by many friends and family who colored her world. Known as “Dot” or “Dottie” she was much loved and admired for her humor, outspokenness, and her huge heart. She was an exceptional mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, and daughter, who took great pride in her family through many challenges and unforgettable memories.
As a wife and mother, she traveled with her husband, John William Sanders, Sr. who was enlisted in the United States Air Force, where their first two children were born abroad. Dorothy began working for Civil Service at Eglin, A.F.B. as a telephone operator and later served as Directory Clerk, where she published the base phone book. Her career in Civil Service was not just a job for Dorothy; she loved her work and coworkers.
When her husband became ill, she retired to spend quality time with him. After his passing, she frequently traveled to their summer home in Bryson City, North Carolina, where she had many friends and activities that she enjoyed. After several years her memory began to fade; she was diagnosed with dementia and did everything she could to act as if nothing was out of the ordinary. Even through tough times, her ability to laugh and make others laugh kept shining. In each facility, the staff would always tell us – “she is our favorite.”
Her light and energy may feel dim during this time of release to those of us who remain, but we know and affirm that a brilliant light such as hers can never cease to shine. She was our anchor and touchstone in life, and not a day shall pass that we don’t celebrate having had this incredible presence in our experience. In addition to her husband John, she was preceded in death, by her son, John W. Sanders Jr. She is survived by her daughter Sharon K. Sanders – Willis of Fort Walton Beach, and son, (Jamie) James J. Sanders of Pensacola, Sister, Bronnie Greer of Tallahassee, and many other family and friends.
Services for Dorothy will be held in Pensacola, Florida, on Sunday – June 14 at Noon in the historical sanctuary of Unity of Pensacola at 716 N. 9th Ave.. Following the Unity Sunday Service. Rev. Jamie Sanders will lead this celebration of life event. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Unity of Pensacola – in her memory. We ask out of respect for others that you please wear a mask and space out in the sanctuary for this gathering.