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Dorothy  Sanders

Dorothy Jean Sanders

Monday, November 19th, 1934 - Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
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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.
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    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 12:00pm
    Unity of Pensacola
    716 N. 9th Ave.
    PENSACOLA, FL 32501
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    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 luau 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.


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Larry Henderson

Posted at 11:52am
Dot was a an extremely important person in my life. During the 4-years I was blessed to work with her I learned so many different things from her. Regardless how busy she was she always made people that came into the office feel like she was waiting for them and their visit was the highlight of her day. She was well respected and really enjoyed helping others. But my most vivid memory will always be the morning after my Mother died. I came into the office very distraught and told her, and she got up grabbed and squeezed me, smiled and said "Maw's still here"...and she was for I maintained contact with her for many years after I left Eglin. Now we all know where Maw is as God has prepared a special resting place for her. To the family, you have our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Larry Henderson and Family

Terri Sailors

Posted at 10:03am
Sending my love and condolences to Reverend Jamie Sanders and family. Praying for your comfort during this difficult time.

Brittany Sanders

Posted at 09:33pm
Thinking back of the first memory I have of my grandmother I know I was a very little. She used to let me sit in her lap in a recliner and she used to sing this song "Jesus loves me" she must have done it frequently because I remember it clear as day. Being normal kids always asking for a dollar here and there, not sure which of us grandkids was a bigger mooch. I remember her making me butter chicken and I remember her and papas fifth wheel in the backyard. One thing is for sure she had a heart of gold and she would love very much but I wish I could change certain things in my life the may have caused as distance but one thing is for sure my love never faded.

Jim Merritt

Posted at 01:23pm
We send our love and condolences to Rev. Jamie Sanders and the entire family. May God bless you during this time of grief.
Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt and Albert Knight Leach

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