Edna Grace Sanders, 95, of Sedalia, died Friday, March 27, 2020.
She was born July 30, 1924, in Clifton City, a daughter of the late Walter and Grace Anna (Gosnell) Smethers. On September 9, 1945, in Springfield, MO, she was united in marriage to Eli Vance Sanders, who preceded her in death on April 21, 1996.
Edna grew up in Sedalia and was a graduate of Smith Cotton High School. She was an active member of First Baptist Church. She was also a member of TOPS MO 0958 (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) and achieved KOPS status (Keeping Off Pounds Sensibly).
She was a homemaker and enjoyed decorating cakes for her family, whom she dearly loved. She was an avid Royals fan and enjoyed recapping games with her family.
She is survived by three children, Robert Sanders (Debi), James Sanders (Debby) and Sue Reynolds, all of Sedalia; a daughter-in-law, Dixie Sanders, of Garden City, MO; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Sanders; six brothers, Clark, Charles, Leroy, Johnny, George and James (who died in childhood); and a sister, Hazel, who died in infancy; and son-in-law, Butch Reynolds.
Private family funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Rev. Greg Morrow officiating. The service will be streamed live on Facebook and can be found as an “event” on Heckart Funeral Home’s page.
Burial will follow the service in Highland Sacred Gardens.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church in care of Heckart Funeral Home.