Sylvia Sanderson

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Sylvia Sanderson, age 80, of Thrall, Texas, formerly of San Saba, Texas, went to her eternal home with her family by her side on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Thrall, Texas. Sylvia Lee (Anderson) Sanderson was born on January 13, 1938 to Floyd Marcos Anderson and Ruby Rankin Anderson. Sylvia was one of four children: Ernestine Beauchamp (Teeter), Ben Marcos Anderson, and Kay Ann Anderson.

Sylvia was raised in San Antonio, Texas where she enjoyed attending movies, shopping, softball, and roller skating. One of the stories she used to share was when she was in her teen years, Sylvia worked at the large major department store, Joske’s, in the late 1950’s where she waited on Howard Hughes. She used to talk about Mr. Hughes coming into the store and purchasing a silk scarf from her. Other stories she shared were the summers she and her sister spent with their grandparents on the ranch outside of Concan, Texas. She talked about how they would swim in the Frio River during the day and sit on the porch looking at the bright stars in the evening while the adults visited.

Sylvia married Jack Hollis Sanderson in the First Baptist Church’s preacher’s home on November 21, 1955. She made her first home in Seminole, Texas where Jack worked in the oilfield. In September 1957, their first child, Kathryn Gay Sanderson, was born. Two weeks later, they moved to San Saba and later purchased their property on the San Saba River. In May 1960, they had their second child, LeighAnn Sanderson. In September 1963, their son Quint Hollis Sanderson was born.

Sylvia’s life was so enhanced when her grandchildren came into her life: John Hollis Zulauf, then Jeannie Willynn Zulauf, then Sammy Joe Zulauf II. Later her heart grew larger when she was blessed with three great-grandchildren: John Dylan (JD) Alcalar, Blaine Hollis Zulauf and Janene Gaylee Alcalar. She had the opportunity to see these three grow into their young teenage years.

Sylvia and Jack spent their life planting and harvesting pecan orchards, which later carried forward to their son and grandson. They were in the pecan harvesting business until Jack retired.

During Sylvia’s life in San Saba, she was known for her ability and talent to make prom dresses, suit pants, drill team uniforms, western clothes, and wedding dresses. She loved to oil paint landscapes and flowers, as well as bluebonnets on glass. Her favorite pastime was spending the weekends in San Antonio shopping or swimming in Concan, Texas.

Sylvia was a certified Respiratory Therapist and worked at the San Saba Hospital, El Campo Hospital, and Gulf Coast Hospital.

Sylvia is survived by one sister, Ernestine Beauchamp; two sister-in-laws, Pauline Stewart and Dianne Anderson; two children and their spouses: Kathy and Odie Baca of Taylor and LeighAnn and Gary Blair of Glen Flora; two grandchildren and their spouses: Jeannie and John Alcalar and Joey and Tricia Zulauf; three great-grandchildren: JD Alcalar, Blaine Zulauf, and Janene Alcalar.

Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband, son, grandson, brother and several brother- and sister-in-laws.

A graveside service was held Thursday May 2, 2019 at Terry Cemetery with Barry Fikes officiating. Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba was in charge of arrangements.

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