Tahlequah Daily Press

November 11, 2013

Dr. Pauline Marie Sanders


WELLING — Funeral services for Dr. Pauline Marie Sanders will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Reed-Culver Chapel at 2 p.m.. Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Reed-Culver. Interment will take place at Caney Cemetery next to her husband, Dennis Willard Sanders. Online condolences may be left for her family at www.reedculver.com.

Pauline Marie Turner-Sanders was born on Oct. 1, 1925, in Stidham, Okla., the daughter of Donnie Lowell and Clara Jewel (Day) Turner, and was the eldest of nine children. She obtained her Doctorate of Education from University of Arkansas. She married Dennis Willard Sanders Sr. on March 3, 1946, and together they raised three children: Carolyn, Charlotte, and Dennis Sanders Jr.

Pauline was an avid educator all of her life. She loved to open the minds of the young people around her to the gift of knowledge. From her youngest pupil to her oldest university student, she never stopped teaching.

Dennis and Pauline dedicated their lives to education and worked extensively from Oklahoma and Arkansas. Whenever she wasn’t working, Pauline could be found working on the family farm. She loved and tended her livestock. She had a soft spot in her heart for her bovine companions.

She liked cooking and often made her famous brown beans, cornbread, and fried potatoes on Saturday night. She often picked wild blackberries and made wonderful pies and cobblers.

She was a genuine people person and often spent her spare time attending gospel singing or gatherings at the Caney General Baptist Church, where she was a member. Pauline was a member of the AEA, the NEA, and loved any organization that improved education.

Her beloved husband preceded her in death in 1991. When she retired, she stayed in home at Welling until she was no longer able to care for herself. She relocated to Springfield, Mo., but always had a soft spot for her home and all her family gathered close around her. She was always happiest when with her children, brothers and sisters, and especially those wonderful grandchildren. She was so very proud of them.

The Lord called this good and faithful servant home from her labors on Nov. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mo. She had recently turned 88 years old. She will be greatly missed for all the love she shared and the young minds she educated.

Dr. Pauline is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Carolyn Anita, in 2011; one brother, Delbert Turner; one sister, Mildred Christie; one granddaughter, Sonja Fite; and daughter-in-law, Tonya Sanders.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Charlotte Fite and husband Dr. Jim Fite of Springfield, and Dennis Sanders Jr. of Welling. She leaves brothers and sisters, Lorene Castleberry of Tulsa, Louella Johnson of Owasso, Vonnie Turner and wife Joyce of Sallisaw, Lester Turner and wife Viola of Stilwell, Carl Turner and wife Sue of Bunch, and Preston Turner of Vinita.

Her legacy lives on in her beloved grandchildren, Dr. Tracy Fite and husband Keith Karmel, Latishia Sanders, Denise Brackett and husband Frank, Lacey Sanders, and Dennis Sanders III . Her great-grandchildren include Jackson Fite-Karmel, Scarlett Savannah Fite-Karmel, Austin Kane Fite-Karmel, Tanya Jones, Alexander Jones, Addison Martin, Warren Brackett, Jaxsen Brackett, Skielah Hamby, Weston Cooper and a new baby soon to join the family, Jabrey Lynn Sanders, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.