OBITUARY

Marian Sanford

January 23, 1936June 4, 2019
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Marian Sanford, age 83, of Swansea, passed away June 4, 2019. She is the beloved wife of Paul T. Sanford who survives. Marian was born January 23, 1936, in Chestnut Louisiana, to William Lewis and Sara Avis Clifton, nee Banks. She married Paul Sanford on July 26, 1958, in O'Fallon, Ill. Besides her husband she is survived by daughters Lendy (Neil) Middendorf, Wendy Cunningham and Tami (Lou) Mitchell; grandchildren Ashley (Levi) Romandine, Jessica (Anthony) Antle, Brenna Cunningham and Lynell Cunningham; and a great-grandson Mitchell Antle. She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters. Marian retired after several years as manager of the bookstore and Belleville West High School. She was a former member of Hope United Church of Christ and Moose Lodge #53. Visitation will be from 10 am until 12 pm, Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N Illinois St. Fairview Heights. A funeral service will be held at 12 pm and interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens. Memorial Donations are suggested to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital or Moose Lodge #53,

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Funeral Services Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Lynn Schwoebel

June 8, 2019

Belleville West was so much fun when Marian worked there! She was a founding member of The Lunch Bunch! We had so many good times together. One day I got in trouble during lunch in the cafeteria. Our principal said that I was laughing too loudly and I needed to learn how to control myself. I was so mad that I said I was never going to eat in the cafeteria again and Marian said that I could eat with her in the bookstore every day. What a wonderful friend! We also had many great trips to Osage beach with the Lunch Bunch . The very first year we went, Marian and I decided that we would walk the entire outlet mall and step inside every store – at that time there were 99 stores! We accomplished our goal but got a lot of strange looks from people when we would just open the door, step in and then go right back outside. I will always remember her hearty laugh, her warm hugs and her heart filled with love for all of her family and friends. I’m so thankful that she is in heaven and that I will get to see her again someday. Heaven is even happier now that she is there! I’m praying for all of her family, that you would feel God‘s loving arms wrapped around you, holding you close and filling you with His peace in the days and weeks ahead.

Debbie Rains (Reynolds)

June 6, 2019

I will always have so many ever-lasting memories of all of the things I did with you, Paul, Tami, Lendy & Wendy. I have so many wonderful memories of all of the times we had together and all of the places we went together. I loved being with all of you and loved spending time at your home in Belleville. I always thought you made the best peanut butter & jelly sandwiches! You were very inspiring to me with always doing something creative. I know you are flying high with my folks Chris & Al. Thank you for being a second Mom to me. I will always love you!

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