Betty Lavon Sanders, age 99 and a

resident of Warsaw, passed away quietly

at 11:50 p.m. in Paddock Springs Senior

Living Center on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Betty was born on Dec. 5, 1919, in

Silver Lake. She was the daughter of

Joseph S. Parker and Bertha B. Metzger

Parker – both of whom preceded her in

passing. The only girl of four children,

Betty was raised in the family home with

her brothers, Rex, Karl and Jay Parker.

On July 12, 1941, Betty was united in marriage to Frank

Sanders Jr. The pair moved to Warsaw in 1946. They also

lived in Hammond for 15 years before making their home in

Claypool. They enjoyed spending winters in Florida in the

‘80s and ‘90s and retired to Warsaw in the early 2000s. On

Jan. 4, 2008, Frank preceded Betty in passing.

Professionally, Betty had been a teacher and a homemaker.

She worked in several towns, having taught locally at both

Jefferson and Washington schools. She was a member of

P.E.O. (a women’s philanthropic organization), Kosciusko

County Retired Teachers, Happy Homemaker’s Club and

Linden Reading Club. She was also a longtime member of

Trinity United Methodist Church, having attended there for

more than 50 years. Betty’s family was most important to

her, and she was sure they knew it, relaying the message to

them many times.

Betty was especially fond of time spent with her grandchildren

who cherish memories of trips to Florida and time

spent on the farm simply having fun. Betty also loved to play

games of all kinds. She had a smile and a kind word for all

who knew her and possessed a great strength even in difficult

times, though she generally had a playful spirit.

Betty will be remembered by her beloved family and

many friends, including daughter, Sandra (Roger) Kunce, of

Cromwell; son, Tom (Joanne) Sanders, of Columbus, Ind.; six

grandchildren, Colleen (Jef) Bafford, Joe Sanders, Bridget

Sanders, Steve (Meredith) Sanders, Gretchen (Josh) Bailey,

and Gwen (Nathan) Fuller; and 11 great-grandchildren. In

addition to her husband and her parents, Betty was preceded

in passing by her brothers and a son, Stephen Sanders.

Friends may join the family for a time of visitation at

Trinity United Methodist Church, 832 E. Center St., Warsaw,

on Wednesday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service

will follow with burial in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Pastor Ernie Troxell will officiate. Her life celebration is

entrusted to Titus Funeral Home.


Memorial gifts may be made to Trinity United Methodist


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