Frances Louise Sanderson, 97, Schell City, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Medicalodges of Nevada. She was born on April 6, 1920, in Camden, to Lambert and Estella Faye (Kincaid) Coats. She married Howard Sanderson on Aug. 5, 1939 in Excelsior Springs, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 2002.
Frances was raised in Ray County, and attended school in Orrick. She has been a long time Schell City resident since 1958.
Frances and Howard operated the Schell City Ledger and Rockville Leader newspapers for a number of years. She worked as Activities Director at Community Springs Nursing Home in El Dorado Springs from 1975-1978 and at Junior House (Nellie-Don) in Nevada from 1978-1982. Frances and Howard were instrumental in organizing softball and baseball associations in Schell City. She was a member of the Schell City Baptist Church.
Survivors include her children, Larry Sanderson and his wife, Katie, Nevada; Nina Morerod, Harwood; Sandy Pence and her husband, Lloyd, Nevada; Roger Sanderson and his wife, Sharon, Schell City; Jerry Sanderson and his wife, Marye, Harwood; Becky Stafford and her husband. Bruce, Kansas City; and Paul Sanderson, Schell City; 20 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 33 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Merritt, Brookfield; daughter-in-law, Mary Sanderson, Bossier City, LA; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Howard, and her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Harold Ray Sanderson; son-in-law, Harold Morerod; and grandson, Rodney Sanderson.
Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Northeast Vernon County Elementary School, Schell City. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Schell City. The family received friends from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City.
Those who wish may contribute in Frances’s memory to Medicalodges of Nevada in care of Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home.