Oleta Sanders

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Obituary Oleta Sanders

Oleta Sanders
June 22, 1926 – March 14, 2016

Visitation services for Oleta Sanders are scheduled for Friday, March 25, at the Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley from 6 – 8:00 p.m. Church services are scheduled for Saturday, March 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brawley at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial services at the Riverview Cemetery.

Visitation services for Oleta Sanders are scheduled for Friday, March 25, at the Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley from 6 – 8:00 p.m. Church services are scheduled for Saturday, March 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brawley at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial services at the Riverview Cemetery.

 

Oleta Barnes Sanders of Brawley passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, March 14, 2016 with her son Jackie at her bedside after a steady decline in health over the past year complicated by a series of age related ailments.  She was 89 years old.

 

 

Oleta was born on June 22, 1926 in Sasakwa, Oklahoma to Oscar and Ella Mae Barnes.  After years of looking for employment during the depression, the family moved west to Arizona and eventually relocated in California, following the produce harvests from Imperial Valley to north of Sacramento.  Oleta met James (Jim) Sanders while living in a farm labor camp.  They were married on August 27, 1940 in Reno, Nevada.

 

 

While Jim was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Oleta worked in a tire factory to help with the war effort.  After the war, they made their home in Brawley during the winter and followed the agricultural harvests during the summer.

 

 

As a young mother, Oleta worked in the lettuce and carrot sheds and picked peaches in Modesto.  While the children were growing, Oleta served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Home Room Mother at the elementary school.

 

 

Oleta was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She served as a teacher to the young children and loved serving in the San Diego Temple.  She devoted her life to the care of her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was always happiest when surrounded by little ones.

 

Oleta is preceded in death by her husband, James Alford Sanders, her mother and father, her brother, Leo, and her granddaughter, Heidi Sanders Urie.

 

Sh is survived by her sons and spouses, Jimmie and Sue of Brawley, Joey and Lisa of Brawley, Jackie of Brawley, her daughter, Janet and husband Steve Jack of Royal City, Washington, her brother, Don (Jennifer) Barnes of Texas, her sister, Bonnie Jean (David) Blackwood of Oklahoma, her sister-in-law, Charlene Landsman of Sacramento, and 23 grandchildren and 75 great-grandchildren.