Thelma Anderson Sanders, 84, Inverness, Fla., passed away Oct. 3, 2013, under the care of Hospice of Citrus County in Lecanto. She was born in Inverness, Dec. 23, 1928, to the late Guy and Evelyn (O'Berry) Anderson. Thelma was a registered nurse at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness; Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala; and was director of nursing for Brentwood Health Care Center, Lecanto and Arbor Trail Rehab & Nursing, Inverness. She was a lifelong resident of Inverness, and attended 1st Assembly of God Church, and in later years, Victory Baptist Church in Inverness. Thelma was decended from a historic, Citrus County pioneer family. Her forefather, Charles Anderson, relocated to this area from Tatnall County, Ga., circa 1856.
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She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James P. Sanders, and siblings Thomas Earl Anderson and Dorothy Wilkes. Survivors include her children, J. Russell (Helen) Sanders of Sebring, John R. Sanders of Inverness, and J. Mark (Carrie) Sanders of Hardin, Texas; Kathy (Kenny) Geagley of Newport News, Va.; one brother, Guy Henry (Shirley) Anderson Sr. of Cross City; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life memorial service commemorating Thelma's life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the 1st Assembly of God Church. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Oct. 9, 2013