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1928 - 2012

Marilyn Sanders passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in Oroville. She was 83 years old.

She was born Marilyn Corinne to Bert and Amy Jennings on November 15, 1928 in Albion, Nebraska. She was the fifth of six children. She had fond childhood memories of growing up on a farm in Bartlett, Nebraska. By the time she was ten, she had moved to Washington and had lost both her parents and a brother. Another brother was lost at Java Sea in WWII, only 4 years later in 1942.

After attending a one room schoolhouse, Marilyn went on to graduate from San Diego State College with a degree in marketing. She enjoyed San Diego and was involved in many clubs and societies in college.

She married in 1950 in Michigan and moved to California in 1956. She worked part time as a substitute teacher starting in 1957, then full time as a social worker in 1963. Lastly, she spent twenty years or more working for the United States Postal Service. After retirement, she moved from Hayward, CA to Oroville to be closer to family. During her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family, reading books from the library, researching family genealogy, searching for bargains at yard sales, playing cards and board games. She was honored to be a member of the D.A.R., celebrating her long American heritage. Recently, she had discovered Facebook and she liked keeping in touch with family and friends on there as well as seeing their photos.

She is survived by her three children - Shawn Ramsey-Davis of Paradise, Leonard Sanders and Kelly Sanders, both of Oroville; their spouses; eight grandchildren; one sister-in-law; seven nieces; one nephew, numerous great nieces/ nephews; numerous cousins, and sixteen great-grandchildren with one more on the way. Her ex-husband and father of her three children, Tom Sanders, and all her siblings passed on before her.

Marilyn's legacy is her mother, Amy's love of reading, which she gave to Marilyn, who then passed it on to her children, who have passed it on to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no memorial service at her request, however her family members are planning a small private gathering in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Literacy Program at your local library.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 17, 2012
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