|Mary E. Sanders|
SANDERS, 81 (Patterson)
On May 6, 2010, Mary Elizabeth (Patterson) Sanders died
following a short, courageous battle with lung cancer.
Beloved wife of 60
years to the late Oscar J. Sanders; loving mother of son,
David and his wife, Kim of Centreville, VA and daughter, Cindy
of Fairfax, VA; grandmother to Christopher and wife, Cristin,
Courtney, Rhya and Dakota, great-grandmother to Ragon and Lia.
She is also survived by sisters Frances Brandon of Birmingham,
Alabama, Jeanne Deaver of Lakeland, Florida and her faithful
canine companion, Zoey.
She was born in
Birmingham, Alabama on November 2, 1928 to James Arthur and
Eva Doris Patterson and was the oldest of three children. She
graduated from Ramsey High School in Birmingham, Alabama in
1945. In 1948, she married Oscar. Their journey together in
life included a 32 year military career and an eight year stop
in Saudi Arabia.
She spent the past 24
years in Fairfax Station, VA. While spending the majority of
her life caring for her home and family, she worked as the
director of finance at Robert E. Lee High School in
Springfield, VA for several years.
Her passions included
golf, gardening, ladies clubs, and bridge. She has been an
active member of several organizations including the Fort
Belvoir Ladies Golf Association, the Burke Lake Ladies Golf,
Association, the Twin Lakes Ladies Golf Association, the
Quartermaster Ladies Club, the Women''s Association of
Northern Virginia and the Belvoir Belles, Red Hat Society.
She will be
remembered as a person who loved her family, was a dear friend
to many, and as someone who had a passion for the game of
Visitation will be on
Friday, May 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairfax Memorial
Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia. Funeral
services will be held on July 6, 3 p.m. at the Old Post Chapel
on Fort Myer in Arlington. She will be buried with Oscar at
Arlington National Cemetery. www.fmfh.com
Published in The Washington Post on May 9, 2010