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Mary Ellen Love Ferguson Sanders, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at the age of 94 in Corsicana. She was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Houston, to Ellen Carpenter and Ted Ferguson. After living for a short period in Georgia in her early years, she and her parents lived in both Corsicana and Dallas during her school years where she enjoyed the loving benefits and nurturing of multiple generations of relatives from both sides of her family.
Mary Love graduated in 1939 from Highland Park High School and subsequently attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia and the University of Texas. It was at the latter that she became engaged to her future husband, B. Lynn Sanders, Jr. They were married at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas on Jan. 5, 1942, but had to forego a honeymoon because World War II intervened ... Lynn, a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps had to return immediately to duty at the War Department in Washington, D.C. Lynn's subsequent posting took them briefly to Colorado Springs. When his Air Corp unit was deployed overseas (and ultimately for the remainder of the war to India, Burma and China,) Mary Love returned to Dallas to live with her parents. While there, she volunteered in civic organizations and with the Red Cross, attended Southern Methodist University and graduated just prior to Lynn's return from overseas in October 1945.
After the war Mary Love and Lynn settled in Corsicana, where he established Sanders Grain Company and they started their family when sons Lynn, III and Ted were born in 1947 and 1951, respectively. They lived in Corsicana for the remainder of their lives.
Mary Love had an avid interest in archaeology and anthropology, and was proud to have completed her Master's Degree in Anthropology at SMU.
Mary Love served for many years as treasurer of the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery Association and on the Board of the Corsicana Public Library. She was a long time member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, Daughters of the American Revolution, Nineteenth Century Club, La Livre Book Club, Clan Ferguson of North America, Navarro County Historical Society and Texas Archeological Society.
Mary Love was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister Ellen; husband Lynn, Jr. and son Lynn, III.
She is survived by her son Ted and his wife Jane; daughter-in-law Marcia Gilchrist Sanders; grandsons Matt Sanders and his wife Jennifer; Drew Sanders and his wife Bobbe and Ben Sanders; great grandchildren Jocelyn, Brenna, Layla and Mayleigh Sanders Diona Isaac and numerous cousins.
The family wishes to recognize and give special thanks to the cadre of caregivers that assisted Mary Love with loving care in her final years: Angela Rhynes, Sheila Hicks, Kashara Rhynes, Lisa Mills, Bobbie Walker, Mae Means and Minnesha Green.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, Texas, 75110, or a charity of choice.
An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Mary Love Sanders' obituary.
Published on October 28, 2016
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