Elizabeth Ross Love Sanders, of Elyria, was born January 3, 1924 in Rosedale, Mississippi, to Handy and Rachel Ross. At the age of 12, she accepted Christ as her Savior. She departed this earthly life Sunday, November 11, 2012 and went home to be with the Lord.
Mrs. Sanders was a resident of Elyria since 1957. An extremely hard worker all of her life, she held various jobs which took her from the sharecropping fields of Mississippi, to the Housekeeping Department of Elyria Memorial Hospital. She retired from Elyria Memorial in 1984.
Although possessing little formal education, Mrs. Sanders had a PhD in "mother-wit", wisdom, understanding, love, caring, compassion, and plain old common sense. She was a faithful member and Mother of the Church, of Bethel Logos Christian Fellowship Center, Oberlin. She was also active in her neighborhood, and her community, always caring for others more than herself. In May, 2012 she was honored by the WIN Unit of the Elyria N.A.A.C.P., who awarded her the title of Grandmother of the Year.
Mrs. Sanders is survived by eight children, Margaret Ward (George), Janie Mae Love Cross (Johnny), Houston Love, Jr. (Laurel), Eddie Dean Love, Alice Simpson (Robert), Willie Earl Sanders (Diane), Johnnie Sanders (Cecelia), and Darlene Brown; one brother, Willie Ross; 25 grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Mrs. Sanders was preceded in death by her first husband, Houston Love, Sr.; her second husband, Willie B. Sanders; son, Leroy Love; daughter, Ruby Love; and a daughter at birth; three grandchildren; three sisters, Elnora Jones, Elmira Whitfield, and Rachel Willis; and three brothers, Wiley Ball, Freddie Lee Ross, and Tommie Lee Ross.
Friends may call Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 7 to 9 P.M. at Second Baptist Church, 427 16th St., Chapman Lane, Elyria. Service will be Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11 A.M. at the church. Rev. A.E Warren, Pastor of Bethel Logos Cfc, of Oberlin, will officiate and Rev Carl P. Small, Pastor of Second Baptist Church will co-officiate. Burial in Brookdale Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Carter Funeral Homes, 127 W. Bridge St, Elyria, (440) 322-7788.
Online condolences can be sent to: www.carterfuneralhomesinc.com.