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Donna Mae (Melander) Sanders

December 15, 2012
Donna Mae (Melander) Sanders, loving wife, mother, grandma and friend, lost her battle with cancer and went home to be with the Lord on November 25, 2012.

Mom grew up and graduated in Wenatchee, Washington. She worked at Ma Bell Telephone Company in Seattle for 12 years, and later at the Carnation Post Office until retiring in 1990. She then moved to Bonners Ferry, where she resided with her husband, Leo Sanders.

Her passion in life was serving the Lord, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. She was one of the founders of Lake Sammammish Water Ski Club and skied competitively for many years. She also loved to cook, garden, camp, ride horses and pack into the mountains, ride four wheelers and spend time with her friends, family and grandkids.

Mom and dad spent their 25th Wedding Anniversary packing into the North Cascade Mountains on horseback.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 49 years, Leo Sanders; son, Kip and Roxanne Sanders of Duvall, Washington; daughter, Deena and Tom Calder of Elk, Washington; four grandkids, Carmen, Kyle, Josh and Austin; and two sisters, Beverly Pearson and Janet McKenna, both of Wenatchee.

We want to extend a special thank you to the nurses and aids at North Idaho Hospice who helped us through this difficult time.

The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Idaho or the Northwest Cancer Society. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Donna's Life will be held in Wenatchee, on Saturday, May 18, 2013.