Anna Ruth Sanders    


Celebration of Life - 10 a.m., May 25, 2024

Eastland Cemetery, in White County, Tennessee

Anna’s passing marks the end of an era that began when her father, Archie Smith, at the age of 6, first set foot in this country, on Ellis Island, along with his family, on Oct. 19, 1903, after an 11-day trip across the Atlantic from Glasgow, Scotland.

It was in 1920 that Ann’s parents, Archie Smith and Hettie Jane Reeves, married, raising a family of four girls and four boys, in Moberry, Tennessee, Anna being the youngest.

Richard was the oldest, followed by Jeanie, Mary, Joseph (Dude), Lucy, Frank, and Don, all preceding her in death.

As an adult, Ann moved from Tennessee after graduating from White County High School, in 1956, to the Sanford area of Florida, meeting and marrying her first love, Claude Sessions, but eventually after Claude’s death, married Floyd Sanders.

Ann was always happy to travel between Florida and Tennessee to visit her parents whom she loved deeply and to visit her many siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. She was a traveling companion with many of her kin during her later years after Floyd passed away.

Ann would never hesitate to lend a helping hand in whatever it was that needed to be done, happy to be a part of any activity. Her greatest joy was being with her family.

They are all gone now, but their legacy lives on in the difference the Thomas Smith family has made in all our lives, and the images they left on our memories.

Officiating will be Father Michael Sweeney, of Blessed Sacrament Church, in Harriman.

Donations in Ann’s name may be made to Eastland Cemetery c/o Carolyn Holland, 261 Johnnie McBride Rd., Sparta, Tennessee 38583

May the blessing of light be on you,

May the blessing of rain be on you,

And may the blessing of earth be on you.

May the Lord bless you and bless you kindly.

(Scottish blessing)