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Oneta Ruth Franklin Sanderson, 90, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in Colorado City after a long and blessed journey. A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Oak Street Baptist Church with interment to follow at the Colorado City Cemetery.
Oneta was born July 13, 1921, to Samuel and Fannie Franklin in Howard County, Texas. After growing up in and around Big Spring, she joined the war effort during World War II, working as a â€śRosie Riveterâ€ť in Fort Worth. She married the love of her life, James Luther â€śTobyâ€ť Sanderson, shortly thereafter and spent 49 wonderful years by his side prior to his death.
They spent 17 of those years running a small business, Sanderson Jewelry, before retiring in 1981. After retirement, Oneta was an active volunteer with the Root Memorial Hospitalâ€™s Pink Ladies Auxiliary where she logged more than 2,000 hours helping others.
Onetaâ€™s passion and joy was her love for Jesus Christ. She was a precious woman who tried to love all of those around her like Jesus loved. Through multiple trials and tribulations throughout her life, Oneta was able to find joy and strength and always exuded the patience, love, kindness and joy that could only come through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Oneta was a Sunday school teacher, Girlâ€™s Auxiliary Leader and a Girl Scout Leader. She was an active member of Oak Street Baptist Church, serving in many capacities during her 55 years of membership.
Oneta leaves behind her precious family of one sister, Zelda Abbe of Big Spring, Texas; three children, David Sanderson and wife Ann of Richmond, Va., Ken Sanderson and wife Mary Ann of Lubbock, Texas, and Leada Sanderson Wood and husband Don of Colorado City, Texas. Her legacy includes eight grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.