Marilou Gardner Sanders
1924 - 2018
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Marilou Gardner Sanders
Marilou Gardner Sanders passed away on Wednesday, the 12th of December 2018, in Houston, at the age of 94. Marilou was born on the 24th of March 1924, in Nashville, Tennessee to Julia Norment Gardner and William Henry Gardner. Marilou earned a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a master's in English from the Teacher's College of Columbia University. Marilou then taught school in Nashville until her marriage. Marilou met her husband, Jerry Cureton Sanders, at a USO event during World War II.
Marilou was a longtime member of Westminster Methodist Church, Pi Beta Phi, and the Ann Poage Chapter of the DAR. Marilou volunteered for her church and the Brookwood Community. Marilou published her book, "The Earthquake Winter" under the name Lou Sanders.
Marilou is survived by her husband, Jerry Sanders; daughters, Julia Sanders de Berardinis and her husband Robert de Berardinis, Patty Sanders Porter and her husband William "Bill" Porter, Sharon Sanders Clemons and her husband William "Bill" Clemons; niece, Nancy Gardner Hunt; grandniece, Rebecca Hunt Winn; grandnephews, William "Will" Hunt and Matthew Hunt, and step-grandchildren Betsy Porter Provost and Laura Porter Ebady.
Marilou is preceded in death by her brother, William "Bill" Norment Gardner.
A funeral service is to be conducted at three o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 15th of December, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where Rev. Suzi Byrd, Associate Pastor at Westminster United Methodist Church is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.
The family will gather for a private interment at Forest Park Westheimer in Houston.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Westminster Methodist Church, 5801 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77057 or to Brookwood Community, 1752 Farm to Market 1489, Brookshire, Texas 77423.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 14, 2018.
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Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you and the family during this difficult time. Matthew 5:4
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