Obituary for Mary Sanders

Mary Ellen (Gordon) Sanders of Heavener was born March 13, 1950 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas to Fred William and Anna Mae (Fletcher) Gordon and passed away Nov. 25, 2023 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 73.

Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Forrester Baptist Church in Heavener with Reverend Mike Steelman and Reverend Mark Cook officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Mary was a long- time resident of the area, a 1968 graduate of Heavener High School, and a retired CNA/CMA. She was a member of the Forrester Baptist Church. Mary loved spending time with her family, grandkids, and friends.  She will be missed by all whom loved and knew her.

Surviving family members are her husband, Wade Sanders, of the home; four daughters Amy Baker and husband Tony of Heavener, Kim Flinn of Glenpool, Denise Lowery and husband Richard of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Carletta Lewis and husband Robert of Hurst, Texas; one son Matt Sanders and wife Lisa of Perkins; one sister, Linda McDaniel, of Heavener; 16 grandchildren Joshua, Amber, David, Michael, Kira, Kyle, Aaron, Michael, Victoria, Morgan, Bailee, Haydon, Dalton, Lakelyn, Trenton and Tekoa; 18 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Anna Gordon; one son, Ron Owens; and one brother, John Gordon.

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