Jeanne Maxine Sanders


Jeanne Maxine Sanders, 82, of Indianapolis, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

She was born Dec. 4, 1934, in Beech Grove, to Robert E. and Dorothy (Stratton) Archer.

Jeanne was raised in Indianapolis, where she developed friendships that would last a lifetime.

She married James Sanders in 1952, and they made their home in Beech Grove, where they raised their two daughters.

Jeanne enjoyed a career in the mental health field, where she served as a nurse and educator at Central State Hospital. She dedicated over 20 years of service before the hospital closed.

Jeanne worked at Sears and also as a receptionist at the Altenheim Community, where a resident lovingly named her “Jeanne with the light brown hair.”

She never knew a stranger, making many dear friends along the way. She enjoyed reading and storytelling, and had a passion for writing poetry.

Jeanne was a longtime member of Southland Community Church in Greenwood and dearly loved her extended church family.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and her treasured grandchildren.

Jeanne is survived by her daughters, Kellie (Mike) Anderson and Bethany (Michael) Nontell; stepdaughter, Linda Sinclair; eight grandchildren, Katy Snyder, Nathan Nontell, Angela Snyder, Rachel Earles, Michael Anderson, Bret Sinclair, Dwayne Blacklidge and Lisa Robles; and 10 great-grandchildren, Anthony Popplewell, Alexander Nontell, Janey Snyder, Rory Earles, Catherine Sinclair Hunter Anderson, Tiffanie, Angel, JeffLee and Christopher Robles. She is also survived by her cousins, Billy, Albert, Lynda and Dale Fullerton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Archer and Dorothy Archer-Turaska; stepfather, Paul Turaska; loving husband, Jim Sanders; and cousin, David Fullerton.

She leaves behind many memories that will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Flanner and Buchanan – Memorial Park in Indianapolis. Funeral services will take place at noon on Monday at Southland Community Church, Greenwood with additional visitation beginning at 11 a.m., also at the church. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are encouraged to the Southland Community Church, 5800 Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, IN 46142.

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