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Frances Louise (Masters) Sanders, 95, of Terre Haute, passed away Jan. 28, 2018, at Southwood Healthcare Center. She was born on July 17, 1922, on Park Street in Terre Haute, to Charley and Marie Masters.
She graduated from Thornton School and Gerstmeyer Technical High School (1940). She often regaled her family with tales of the family history and growing up during the Depression in Terre Haute. She was very outgoing and loved to sing "the old songs," play the piano, and dance; as well as spend time with her brothers and sisters.
She married Harold Eugene Reynolds in September 1941 - just months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, where her new husband was stationed. She served 20 years as a U.S. Navy wife. She was widowed in 1980. They had two children, a daughter, Karen Louise Tyson, who predeceased her; and a surviving son, Phillip Eugene Reynolds, of Triangle, Va. She later married Joseph "Jim" Sanders and lived in Vero Beach, Fla., eventually returning to Terre Haute after again being widowed, living at Peddle Park for several years until just months before her death.
Her family has lived in Indiana since before it was a state, originally settling in Daviess County. She was the last surviving sibling of her generation, preceded in death by her brothers, Charles "Chad", Norvin, and Harold Masters; and sisters, Ozeata Shaffer and Doris Toney.
She is survived by numerous grandchildren, great-, and great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 11 until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Roselawn Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Frances will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at:
Published on January 31, 2018
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