Ivy Saunders

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BIDWELL — Ivy Constance Saunders, 89, of Bidwell, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Holzer Medical Center. She was born Oct. 3, 1924 in River Rouge, Mich., the daughter of the late George and Grace Bulley Gathercole.

Ivy was a homemaker, a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and a member of Faith Baptist Church. She was married to Haskell Saunders on Sept. 27, 1947, in Lincoln Park, Mich., and he survives in Bidwell.

Ivy has four sons surviving: Doyle (Sharon) Saunders and their children D.J. Saunders and Bobbi Lundy, Steve (Darla) Saunders and their children McKinsey McPherson and Mariah Woodward, Phil (Cathy) Saunders and their children Angie Hammel, Josh Saunders and Sara Stidham, and Keith (Paula) Saunders and their children Jesse Saunders and Pete Saunders. Her daughter Amy Dianne Vinson preceded her in death in 2007, and her children survive: Brian Vinson, Chris Vinson and Beth Moore. Also surviving are 20 great-grandchildren and a son-in-law Jim Vinson.

Ivy was also preceded in death by a grandson, Gabe Saunders, in 2009, and by three sisters, Shirley Ann Vincent, Marie Yobst and Patty Gainey; and two brothers, Melbourne Gathercole and George Gathercole Jr. She was the last of her siblings.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home with Pastor James Lusher and Pastor Jim Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call Willis Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, D.J. Saunders, Brian Vinson, Chris Vinson, Josh Saunders, Jesse Saunders and Pete Saunders.

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Gallipolis, OH 45631
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Published in Gallipolis Daily Tribune from July 7 to July 8, 2014
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