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Myrtle Ann (Downey) Sanders
November 17, 1939 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Myrtle Ann (Downey) Sanders, 84, of Mt Washington was called home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 20th 2023. We grieve not for her, but for her family and friends who will miss the indescribable Mother, Granny, Big-Granny, sister, friend, and beloved wife she that was. Instead, we celebrate knowing that she is wrapped in the arms of God and smiling upon the family for which she was the ultimate matriarch.
Myrtle loved with such force that it would reach not just across town, but across the country and overseas. Her love was unequivocal and unconditional. That love started and ended with family and her Savior. She is survived by five children: Peggy Mertz (Steve), Jeanie Perry (Scott (d)), Debbie Gulley (Steve (d)), Pam Frazier (Tony) and Bo Clark (Susan), stepdaughter Teresa Sanders, as well as 17 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. Nowhere does her unconditional love shine more than with her beloved husband James “Jack” Sanders. Their love spanned almost half a century. She was so proud of Jack and always commented on how wonderfully he took care of her as her health began to decline. He was her rock and one true love. Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents Press and Juantia (Yates) Downey, her brother James Downey, and sister Willetta Kendall. She is further survived by sisters Vickie Gill (Mike) and Heather Richardson (Billy). Unconditional love didn’t always mean quiet love. She could be blunt, but not harsh; opinionated, but not critical (except in the play of her Kentucky Wildcats); but most of all she was truthful even when it might not be appreciated. She was a master of the kitchen. Her yeast rolls would cure a heartbreak, her jam cakes could cure loneliness, and her cookies have stopped countless tears and turned them into bright smiles. Her recipes are copied but never truly duplicated. We’re going to miss our beloved matriarch. But we’re also going to celebrate a life well lived. We’re going to celebrate the legacy she has created with her progeny, and most of all we’re going to celebrate the joy she brought into everyone’s life. We love you; we miss you and are comforted that you are sheltered in the arms of the God.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Mt. Washington Cemetery. Friends may visit from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Memorial gifts in her memory are suggested to be made to her church, First Christian Church, Mt. Washington.