Shirley R. Sanders

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

1934 - 2020


Portsmouth, New Hampshire


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EXETER, N.H. – Shirley R. Sanders, 85, widow of Henry Marshall Sanders, of Exeter and formerly of Darien, Conn., passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2020 at Riverwoods in Exeter, N.H.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1934 at Fort Monroe, Va. to Edward Galen and Doris Evelyn (Broadstreet) Reese.

She was a graduate of Hampton High School in Hampton, Va., Class of 1952, and went on to attend Mary Washington College.

Shirley was formerly an Editorial Assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass.

She was an avid reader, loved the game of bridge and enjoyed playing the piano. She also loved all the wonderful years at her vacation home in West Townshend, Vt.

Shirley volunteered in various capacities in organizations including the Bennet Cancer Center in Stamford, Conn. and Family and Children Services. Shirley was also active in the Republican Party with her husband, Hank.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Henry "Hank" Sanders and her beloved dog, Alex.

Survivors include her daughter, Sherry Sanders and her life partner, William Winters of Great Barrington, Mass.; her son, Russell Sanders and his wife, Teresa and their children, Henry, Sabra, Evelyn and Victoria all of Cazenovia, N.Y.; sister, Judith Joynes and her husband, Albert of Hampton, Va.; as well as her brothers and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Riverwoods of Exeter for their kindness and care.

A private graveside service will be held at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Grace Cottage Hospital, 185 Grafton Rd, Townshend, VT 05353 and or Riverwoods, 7 Riverwoods Drive, Exeter, NH 03833.

For online condolences, visit: Arrangements are under the direction and care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel.

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Although a long time ago I enjoyed Bible studies with Shirley. She was so friendly and always smiling. Loved her family.

Shirley was a beautiful person always having a smile and eager to hear about my family when she came to visit. I will remember the all the great times her and family came to Hampton.

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You lived a wonderful, long life with people who loved you very much. You touched many lives and truly will be missed. Rest in heavenly peace Shirley.