Sanders nee Chrisco, Viola Rose

Date: Monday, October 8, 2012
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Tuesday, Oct. 9th

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the charity of your choice


Viola Rose Sanders of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home in St. Clair, on October 4, 2012, having reached the age of seventy-nine years, eight months and two days. Viola was born in Wynona, MO on February 2, 1933, daughter of Robert Alexander Chrisco, Sr. and Sally Evelyn Chrisco nee Pierce. On September 11, 1953, she was united in marriage to William Burton Sanders and three children came to bless this union.

Viola is survived by her children, Mark Sanders and wife, Aggie, of St. Clair, Lisa Crawford of St. Clair and Roger Sanders and wife, Gina, of St. Clair; by nine grandchildren, William and Cody Sanders, James and Ethan Atchison and Jacob Newsom, Brandon, Travis, Haylee and Wyatt Sanders; by three great-grandchildren, Cameron and Rosie Atchison and Tyson Sanders; by one sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, Robert, Sr. and Sally Chrisco; by her husband, William Sanders; by one brother, Robert A. Chrisco, Jr.; and by two sisters, Margaret Garrison and Juanita Dunn.

Viola was a Christian, being raised in the Methodist faith and believing in the Lord as her Savior. Viola was a Licensed Practical Nurse and during her working years, had worked in a doctor’s office in Union, MO and in the hospitals in Washington, MO and Sullivan, MO. In more recent years, she was employed at St. Clair Nursing Center in St. Clair. Viola had a variety of interests throughout her life including shopping, reading, cooking and caring for others. She loved traveling and going on cruises, as she loved the ocean. She had even visited Europe. Viola liked music, especially Johnny Cash. Above all else, Viola loved her family; and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The many precious memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO with Pastor Roger Altenberger officiating. Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park in St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.