On Monday, March 11 at 2 a.m. our sweet Mom/ Grandma/Gomer/GG was whisked to heaven on the wings of angels. Well into her 97th year on this earth, she was unable to recover from a fall. Survived by 7 children: Tom (Leslie), Jane, Cathy (Tom), Susan, Gayle, Jim, Joe (Betsy), 22 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way), she was the matriarch of a diverse, loving family, having left an indelible imprint on each and every soul. Also survived by two sisters: Kitsy and Martha, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husband Norman Sanders, son Gerald, sister Marianne, brothers Norbert, Frank, John, Jerry and parents Nellie and Peter Laughlin. Having journeyed to Denver from Kansas City after graduating from St. Mary's College, she fell in love with Colorado and a dashing young future aviator, and called Colorado home for the next 73 years. She made a career in the Hematology Lab at St. Joseph's Hospital, where she worked with a large staff. Her empathy and sense of fairness led to her employees calling themselves "Betty's Gang", and for almost 30 years after her retirement they met annually to celebrate her birthday. Blessed throughout her life with a multitude of friendships from Kansas City to Denver to the Gardens at Columbine, she will be remembered as fondly by those who survive her, as by those she outlived. She had a very special relationship with the staff at The Gardens, and a unique love for her caregiver, JoAnn, who tucked her in and hugged her every night. A viewing and rosary will be held at Mount Olivet Mortuary, 12801 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge, CO on Thursday, March 14th from 6-8p.m. with a Funeral Mass the next day, March 15th, at 11a.m. sharp. Donations to St. Johns Hospice, 1320 Everett Ct., Lakewood 80215 in lieu of flowers. Sign condolence book at www.archdenmort.org.
Published in Denver Post from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2013