Nona M. Sanders

ST. PAUL — Nona M. Sanders, 89, a resident of Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul, was called home at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

She entered this world on Feb. 3, 1931, the last of 12 children born to Perry and Lillian (Smith) Yarnell of rural Erie.

She attended Erie schools and had worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and Neosho Valley Creamery and helped build the Swirly Top in Erie. In midlife she attended Neosho County Community Junior College and graduated as a licensed practical nurse. She completed her working years as a nurse working in geriatrics.

On March 18, 1947, she married Floyd McDermed Jr., and they later divorced. On June 27, 1986, she married Maurice Sanders. They enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in Arizona. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1999.

Nona was a member of Shaw Christian Church. She liked to sing and enjoyed singing in choirs in church. She made many quilts for her family and was known for her good cooking. She also had a green thumb and enjoyed growing flowers. She was lovingly referred to as the “prayer warrior” of the family.

Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy LaRue of Chanute; and two grandchildren, Doug (Nicha) LaRue of Erie and Melinda (Rob) Dent of Pleasanton. She had five great-grandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, 11 siblings, husband Maurice, son-in-law John LaRue, three granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie, with Danny Flippo officiating. Burial will follow in Shaw Cemetery. Friends are welcome to sign the register and view from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to Shaw Christian Church or the charity of the donor’s choice and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 182, Erie, KS 66733.

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