On August 11, 2012, Fairys Walker Sanders of Llano, Texas passed away at the age of 94 at the Christian Care Center in Mesquite, Texas. Born on June 19, 1918 to T.C. and Mildred Park Walker in Moran, Texas, Fairys grew up in Dallas and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and North Texas Agricultural College (now the University of Texas at Arlington). She graduated in 1940 from Abilene Christian College with a degree in Business, a rarity for a woman at the time. At Abilene Christian, she met D.E. (Tony) Sanders, and she married Tony on November 28, 1941. Fairys and Tony were married for 65 years at the time of his death in 2007.
Throughout their life together, Fairys and Tony lived in Dallas, Amarillo, Abilene, Roby, Seminole, and finally in Llano where they retired in 1999. In the early years of their marriage, she dedicated herself totally to the raising and education of their children. After raising her children, Fairys was active in volunteer work at Seminole Memorial Hospital.
Fairys’ parents and oldest sister, Gwendolyn Blount, predeceased her. She is survived by her older sister, Virginia Walker, of Dallas, and by her three children and their spouses, Mike Sanders and wife Carol of Lakeway, Sally Sanders Cowan and husband Robert of Llano; Susan Sanders Vrana and husband Dennis of Dallas; grandsons Andrew Sanders of Dallas, Gregory Sanders of Fort Worth, and Cory Beal of Dallas; granddaughters Bess Vrana and Alice Vrana of Dallas; and great grandsons, Sam Sanders of Fort Worth and Cade Beal-Knight of Dallas.
Visitation with the family is available Wednesday August 15, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 East Sandstone Street, Llano, TX 78643.
Interment and graveside services will be at the Gooch Cemetery, Mason, Texas at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday August 16, 2012. Pallbearers will be her son, grandsons, and sons-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests any memorial donations be made to a library of choice in recognition of Fairys’ personal love of reading and support of education.
Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may log onto our website, www.whhfuneralhome.com for online condolences.