Genevieve "Jenny" B. (Barker) Sanders

Born: Thu., Jul. 8, 1920
Died: Sat., May 27, 2017


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MRS. GENEVIEVE “JENNY” B. SANDERS, AGE 96

Mrs. Genevieve “Jenny” B. Sanders, age 96 of Robinson, IL, died Friday May 26, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, IN following a fall that resulted in a broken hip.

Born July 8, 1920 in Kansas City, MO she was the daughter of Grover Cleveland and Eva Ellen (Simpson) Barker.  On September 5, 1994, she married Harold “Hal” B. Sanders and he preceded her in death May 7, 2012.  

Mrs. Sanders was an executive Secretary for Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI and an administrative assistant for Bell Brothers, Robinson, IL for many years. She was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church, Robinson, IL; ladies of the Elks, #1188, Robinson, IL; Twenty First Century Investment Club; Red Hat Society; Duplicate Bridge Club; Robinson Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Desk and Derrick Club.

Survivors include a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Helen Brackett, Robinson, IL and a very close friend, Mrs. Jodie Holt, Oblong, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Hal Sanders in 2012.

At Mrs. Sanders request, her body will be cremated and the cremated remains will be entombed in the Oblong Mausoleum with er parents.  There will be no formal services or visitation.

Memorial may be made to the Crawford County Humane Society, 911 E. Wilkin Street, Robinson, IL or to the Best Friends Animal Shelter, 2005 1100 E., Salt Lake City, UT  84106.

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Pam Hetfeld
   Posted Mon May 29, 2017
My stepmother was a wonderful, caring person. We had such fun times with my father. My husband Jeff & daughters Amy & Karla will miss her. Lovingly, Pam (Sanders) Hetfeld

Debra Sanders
   Posted Mon May 29, 2017
My stepmom, Jenny, had an enthusiasm for life that was remarkable. The many trips we shared together to Las Vegas, Tunica, St. Louis and French Lick as a family are some of my favorite memories. I will miss our long distance phone conversations and the trips to Robinson. Always in my heart and with much love , Debbie (Sanders)

Jennifer Newlin
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
Love and miss you. Thanks for being my friend.
Jenni

Gregory "Greg" Musgrave
   Posted Tue June 13, 2017
I just learned of Jennies passing. We visited her approximately several months ago. She was full of life and fun to be with. We considered her part of our family and loved her very much. She was a good woman. We shall miss her.

Angela Kelsheimer
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017
I met Jenny Sanders and Helen Brackett around 15 years ago. I was beginning my career as aI jeweler and artist. Immediately, I knew these girls and I shared the love of jewelry and design. They were both fearless and fun, rare and exotic birds to me!
Over the years, I became betI met Jenny Sanders and Helen Brackett around 15 years ago. I was beginning my career as a jeweler and artist. Immediately, I knew these girls and I shared the love of jewelry and design. They were both fearless and fun, rare and exotic birds to me!
Over the years, I became beter friends with the ladies. They met my daughter, Lainie Kate, who was quite young at the time. Jenny loved Lainie. Initially, Jenny liked the fact that their birthdays were so close together, less than a week apart by date. However, over the years she shared her feelings about a myriad of topics with Lainie but she also shared her dreams for the future. When Jenny passed, I was shocked. Why, you might ask? I mean, after all, she was 96 years old, her body had been betraying her with falls and breaks, her sight and memory had faded. Though in my mind, this seemed I met Jenny Sanders and Helen Brackett around 15 years ago. I was beginning my career as aI jeweler and artist. Immediately, I knew these girls and I shared the love of jewelry and design. They were both fearless and fun, rare and exotic birds to me!
Over the years, I became betI met Jenny Sanders and Helen Brackett around 15 years ago. I was beginning my career as a jeweler and artist. Immediately, I knew these girls and I shared the love of jewelry and design. They were both fearless and fun, rare and exotic birds to me!
Over the years, I became beter friends with the ladies. They met my daughter, Lainie Kate, who was quite young at the time. Jenny loved Lainie. Initially, Jenimpossible due to the fact that she wasn't entirely mortal! She was a force of nature! Jenny was a "Thoroughly Modern Millie," who was brave enough to live life by her own terms and standards. She was intelligent and engaging; vivacious and inspiring; unapologetically stylish and beautiful. She remained current and "plugged- in" to our quickly changing world. She was politically active, philanthropically generous and faced the same frustrations with her computer or "DAMNED" smart phone as we all do! Her life's history was woven into the very fabric of our country's chronology. She knew the gangster, Al Capone, as Uncle Al, she saw first hand the struggles for women's rights and the evils of segregation during her college years, she was a war bride of the "Greatest Generation" and she traveled the world gaining as many experiences as stamps on her passport. She also worked her entire life. She drove a tractor on the farm (while no doubt working on her tan), she drilled and owned oil wells, she raised minks and chinchillas for fur (nasty little critters), she bought and sold gold and silver to melt while maintaining a card carrying membership in the NRA with guns in every room of her house for protection during those transactions, and she loved to collect and deal in coins! I think many people would say that Jenny lived a charmed life. She was fortunate enough to be adopted by wonderful, loving parents. (One day, she showed me the receipt for the money her parents spent on her adoption. She was proud that she had cost the same amount as a brand new, 1920 Cadillac convertible!) She was an only child whose parents loved and treasured her. She was given many opportunities that opened several doors for her. However, she was always aware that life might have turned out very differently. Jenny was very generous, often quietly from the side-lines. She was happy to help others achieve their dreams. I know, because she helped me and my daughter several times. I am grateful to have known her. She and Helen always boosted my confidence from the days when I first started beading to this Spring when I showed at the Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art in downtown Indianapolis. Both women have always had my back and were always pushing me forward. A lesson that I hope to emulate with younger women as I age. I will always appreciate their support of my dreams. They taught me to be brave, to be strong and to realize that time truly waits for no one. I will miss Jenny's smile and laughter. She had a wicked sense of humor. I will miss her single-minded, determined nature...even if, on the rare occasion, she was wrong! I will miss her child-like wonder and enthusiasm that never dulled over the years. Finally, I will miss our chats sitting at her kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee and whatever sweet chocolate concoction she had purchased. Thanks for being a part of my life. I will remember you and the hundreds of anecdotes and stories with a smile on my face and love and appreciation in my heart!
Godspeed, Genevieve...I know you are making Heaven a brighter place to be!





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