Betty Jane Tanquary Sanders

October 4, 1924October 31, 2012

Betty Jane Tanquary Sanders died Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Robyn Kaylor. She was 88 years old. Betty was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Ann (Grabin) Tanquary, husband Robert Knox Sanders and great granddaughter Hannah Lynn. Born October 4, 1924, she attended Phillips High School and the University of Alabama, and worked for many years for State Farm Insurance. She learned Spanish in her 70’s and enjoyed her church, aerobics swim class, and playing bridge.

Betty lived every day with a smile, a laugh, and love in her heart, which she freely shared with her family and friends. A very bright light has gone out of our lives with her passing.

Her surviving family members are daughters Robyn Ann Kaylor and Judith Knox (Rick) Gibb, grandchildren Bobby (Sarah) Batson, Brooke Browning, Stephen (Stacey) Kaylor, Emily (Adam) Elliott, Melissa (Bryan) Jamison, and Julie Fry, great-grandchildren Robert, Barrett, Ryley, and Brannon Batson, Dylan Browning, Naomi Kaylor, Knox Lynn, Truitt and Cameron Crowley, Dallas Jernigan, and Lila Jane Elliott, niece Virginia Mylius and son Matt (Christy) Mylius and their children Savannah and William. And special dog Lilly.

Many thanks to Dr James Barton and staff for their wonderful care and Theresa Shepherd, a loving caregiver.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 4, 2012, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood with graveside services at Elmwood Cemetery on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11:00am with the Rev. Russell (Rusty) Glasgow of Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church officiating. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: The Lymphoma & Leukemia Society:



  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2012
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 5, 2012


  • Burial

Betty Jane Tanquary Sanders

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Diana Brooks

November 4, 2012

So very blessed to have had the very best neighbor(and friend) for so many years. Miss Betty, thank you for all the wonderful memories; you will always be remembered and missed. Love, Martin, Diana, Frances Anne and Winston

November 4, 2012

We have missed her smile and sunny disposition in our class. We are so sorry for your loss.
Lakeshore Hydro Healing Class

Diane (DE) Sausen

November 4, 2012

I will always remember Betty walking with Lily and all the hugs at Lakeshore. God Bless you all!!

Thomas Waters

November 4, 2012

Betty taught me a lot about living life when whe worked with me on my team. I will always be grateful for her influence.

Rev. Tom Simic

November 4, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Virginia Sanders Mylius

November 3, 2012

I love the picture of Aunt Betty you chose. It's just wonderful - and recalls that happy trip for y'all, at the same time. Seeing this, it's just brought her loss home to me again, like someone kicked me in my heart. We'll miss her so much. What will we do without her!? She part of every wonderful memory I have, and she was there for me for every not-so-great one. I love her, and I love you, Ginga