Thomasena Marie Sanders, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and cherished member of the community, peacefully passed away on September 22, 2023, in Glendale. She was born on March 15, 1929, in Charleston, SC, to her loving parents Thomas and Harriet Sanders.
Thomasena's life was one filled with remarkable achievements, unwavering love for her family, and a passion for art and music. Her professional journey began when she worked as an Administrator in the Motion Picture Coordination Department for the City of Los Angeles. After retiring from this role, she dedicated her time and expertise to her daughter's Personnel Recruitment Services business. Prior to that, in her younger years, she lived and worked in Germany for the United States government in an Administrative position.
One of Thomasena's most cherished memories was the honor of meeting General Dwight D. Eisenhower during a conference meeting. Little did she know that this visionary leader would go on to become the 34th President of the United States.
Outside of her career accomplishments, Thomasena's true joy came from spending time with her children and family. She had an extraordinary talent for cooking delicious meals that brought everyone together. Thomasena was not just a cook; she was a culinary artist who poured her heart into every dish. Additionally, she had a voracious appetite for literature and possessed an immense knowledge acquired through extensive reading. Whether lost in the pages of a gripping novel or embarking on mind-stimulating crossword puzzles, Thomasena had an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
Having modeled professionally, she was also a fashion-forward seamstress, sewing and designing some of her own outfits as well as for her family and friends. But it was in the realm of art where Thomasena truly found solace. She possessed a gift for painting stunning works on canvas and capturing beauty through drawings. These artistic creations spoke volumes about her soulful nature and unique perspective on life. Furthermore, her voice resonated with power and emotion as she performed beautiful operatic pieces. Her rendition of Ave Maria was known to move listeners to tears, leaving an indelible mark on their souls.
Driven by her passion for learning, Thomasena pursued higher education later in life. She returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Immaculate Heart College in 1980, graduating with honors. This milestone exemplified her dedication and thirst for knowledge.
Thomasena was not only admired for her intelligence but also for her warm and compassionate personality. She possessed a vibrant and loving spirit that radiated to all who crossed her path. Her nurturing essence as a mother was immeasurable, always providing a safe haven of love and care for her children. Her kindness extended beyond her family, making everyone she encountered feel comfortable and valued.
Throughout her life, Thomasena demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping others and actively contributing to her community. She served as a Catechist, imparting valuable Catholic religious instruction to numerous children. Additionally, she volunteered as a Den Mother for her son's Cub Scouts and later Boy Scouts troops. Her involvement didn't stop there; she worked diligently with organizations such as the Urban League and the NAACP, striving to uplift marginalized voices and promote equality.
Thomasena, eldest of 12 cĥildren leaves behind an extraordinary legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. She is survived by her son Brian, daughter Kendall, son-in-law William, sons Bruce, Bradleigh, and grandsons Jeffery, Christopher, and Layne, granddaughter-in-law Vicky, granddaughter Avril, great-grandsons Christopher Jr., Nathan, Ezra, great-granddaughter Jordyn, sisters Sadie, Ann, and Leola.
The emotional void left by Thomasena's passing will forever be felt by her surviving family members and friends. They find solace in knowing that she has reunited with her father Thomas, mother Harriet, brothers Harry, Tucker, Bàxĺey, John, sisters Helen, Adelaide, Ella, and Margaret who passed before her.
Friends and loved ones are invited to attend the visitation service, which will be held at Forest Lawn - Glendale on October 11, 2023. The address is 1712 South Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205. The visitation will begin at 2:00 PM and conclude at 7:00 PM.
The Funeral Service will be held the following day, October 12, 2023, at Incarnation Catholic Church located at 1001 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202. The service will commence at 10:00 AM and conclude at 11:00 AM.
In honoring Thomasena's memory, her family kindly requests that donations be made to charities close to her heart. These include organizations such as the Covanant House, Urban League and the NAACP.
Thomasena Marie Sanders will forever be remembered for her unwavering love for her family, her artistic talents that touched souls, and her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Her spirit will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate enough to have known her. May she rest in eternal peace.
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