Lois S. Sanders


(December 31, 2002)

A memorial service was held Monday at First United Methodist Church for Lois S. Sanders, 89, who died at her home on the morning of New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31.

She was born Jan. 19, 1913, in Portis, Kan., the oldest of nine children of Edwin and Jessie St. Clair and attended schools in Grass Creek and Thermopolis. She graduated from Thermopolis High School.

She married Charles Williams Sanders on Nov. 25, 1932. Three daughters were born to them.

She was a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star and was presented her 50-year pin by Arlene Goodchild on March 15, 2001. She was a Past Matron of the Lovell Eastern Star lodge before it consolidated with the Powell lodge in June of 1987. She was considered a dear and treasured member of Eastern Star, and to those who noted her continued participation in exercise classes at the Powell Senior Center, she said it helped to keep her active for her station as Marshall in the Eastern Star.

She was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile.

She had a great love for the wild birds of nature and filled her bird feeder daily. Family members will remember her as an inspiration to all, with her soft and gentle, loving way of holding family together.

Survivors include three daughters and their families: Ann Spomer and husband Ken of Evanston, their sons, Raymond Ley and Chuck Ley of Powell, Kenny Spomer and wife Chana and family of Syracuse, Utah, Robin Spomer and family of Gillette and June Spomer and family of Cody; Betty Humphreys and her daughters, Lori Humphreys, Michelle Humphreys and Toni Humphreys and her grandchildren, Tony and Madeline Humphreys, all of Cameron Park, Calif.; and Kay Onstine and husband Eugene of Folsom, Calif., and their children, Cindy and Kevin Perez, and their children, Randy and Amber Onstine and children and Victor Charles Onstine, all of Sacramento, Calif., and Wendy and Andy MaGill and children of Greybull. In all, she had 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by three sisters and one brother, Gay McGee, Rodney St. Clair and Donna Toth, all of Thermopolis, and Ruth Pavlus of Greybull.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W.; two brothers, James and Dean St. Clair; and two sisters, Elaine Taylor and Adele Urwin; and three grandsons, Louis Bill Ley, Howard Ley, and Richard Ley, all of Powell.

Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or a charity of choice. On her wish, cremation has taken place, and burial of cremains followed the memorial service.