Thelma Louise Sanders, 78, of Hosford, Florida, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012, in Tallahassee, Florida.
She was born in Greensboro, Florida, to the late Kinch and Della (Durden) Arnold. She and her late husband, Eric T. Sanders, who she married April 3, 1953, lived in various parts of the United States as his job required at the time, but returned home to Liberty County after the birth of their daughter, Joy. From that time, Louise was a homemaker and also worked for several years as a teacher’s aide at Hosford School. She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church of Hosford.
She was one of the happiest people on the planet, and always had a ready smile for everyone she met. The care and well-being of her family was always her number one priority and she enjoyed cooking, baking, and sewing for them. Louise loved music and singing and her family was used to her singing from the time she woke in the morning until she retired at night. She had many health issues over the past few years, some of which cost her her legs, but even through all of that she never lost her smile. She lived the last three years at Blountstown Health and Rehabilitation where she was a “social butterfly” wheeling around in her motorized wheelchair visiting with other friends both old and new. Even after the loss of her legs, she stated many times that she didn’t know the purpose that God had for her without her legs, but if she could be an example to someone else that you should never give up or feel sorry for yourself, then she would be the example that God wanted her to be.
She is survived by her daughter, Joy Sanders Hartsfield, of Crawfordville, Florida; two step-daughters, Glyndell Perri of Tallahassee and Jackie Hallman of Graceville, Florida; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Eustas Arnold, of Telogia, Florida; two sisters, Elma Arnold Kent of Branford, Florida, and Sarah Arnold “Boogie” Sauls and her husband, Bobby, of Abbeville, Alabama. She will be missed by a large family of cousins and a host of nieces and nephews who were all a very special part of her life; and also a very special friend, Marion Mercer, who was like a sister to her.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 25, at Corinth Baptist Church in Hosford with Kyle Peddie and Ken Hosford officiating. Interment will follow in Hosford Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 24, at Corinth Baptist Church.
She will be greatly missed, but we know that we will walk with her again on golden streets one day.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements (phone 674-5449). Online condolences may be made at adamsfh.com.