Ruth B. Sanders, 71, Kokomo, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Community Howard Regional Health. She was born March 29, 1942, in Ridley Park, Pa., to John Hunter Keyes and Ruth B. (Bush) Gauthier. On Aug. 20, 1960, she married Rolland J. K. Sanders, and he survives.
She retired from Ponderosa in 2001 after 23 years. Ruth cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting and loved her church, Brookside Free Methodist. She was a loving wife, mother, nana and sister. She was a good friend to all who knew her.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Robert C. Sanders (Michelle), Kevin K. Sanders (Shelly), Chad J. Sanders (Anita) and Eric D. Sanders (Patricia); eight grandchildren, Sharayah, Chaz, Quinton, Parker, Audrey, Maxwell, Mary Ruth and Franklin Sanders; and brother, John I. Keyes and his wife Dr. Jo M. Neubauer, M.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Brookside Free Methodist, with Pastor Doug Benham officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Brookside Free Methodist.
Memorial contributions may be made to JDRF. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.
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