Rosa Nell Sanders

July 28, 1929May 30, 2020

Mrs. Rosa Nell Sanders July 28, 1929 – May 30, 2020 Mrs. Rosa Nell Ferguson Sanders, 90, of Roswell, GA went to our heavenly Father, Saturday, May 30, 2020. She came to her final rest in peace in the same home she shared with her beloved husband for much of their over sixty-five years together, surrounded by the loving presence of her family. Mrs. Sanders was the matriarch of the Sanders family, and was a source of strength, compassion, and devotion to her family and friends. Mrs. Sanders was born in Chunky, MS, July 28, 1929 to Mrs. Ruby Fox Ferguson and Mr. Robert Lamar Ferguson. She was raised in Chunky and Clinton, MS, where she graduated high school in three years. Mrs. Sanders graduated from Mississippi College in three years, with a major in Life Sciences and a double minor in English and Spanish. She was an extraordinarily intelligent woman, graduating at the top of her class in both high school and college. While at college, she met the love of her life and future husband, Dr. Frank DeCelle Sanders, Jr., who matriculated at Mississippi College after he returned from service in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corp. Mrs. Sanders faithfully supported her husband during his tenure in dental school at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA, where he received his D.D.S. and graduated number one in his dental class. Mrs. Sanders was devoted to her husband, and supported him and her family with love, compassion, and unwavering loyalty throughout her entire life. She worked side-by-side with her husband as the office manager, scheduler, and book-keeper for his private practice where they worked together for 15 years. Dr. and Mrs. Sanders then moved with three children in tow to Durham, NC, where Dr. Sanders received his Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon receiving his degree, Dr. and Mrs. Sanders moved to the state of Georgia, where Dr. Sanders worked for the State of Georgia Department of Public Health in various capacities for the Dental Health Office until his retirement in 1996. Dr. and Mrs. Sanders were married for over 65 years, with the last 45 years of their marriage spent in Roswell, GA. They were each other’s spouses, confidants, soul-mates, and best friends. Nell, as she liked to be called, was the epitome of a Steel Magnolia, exemplifying both traditional southern femininity and an uncommon fortitude with a wry sense of humor. God, faith, and the Methodist Church were the cornerstones of her marriage, family, and life. She was an amazing cook, whose recipes will be passed down for generations to come. She loved to travel, camp, and explore with her husband and children. Mrs. Sanders was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank DeCelle Sanders, Jr., D.D.S, M.P.H., parents, sisters Opal Dayne Wynn and Bobbye Jean Buck and brother-in-laws William H. Buck, M.D., and Plummer Wynn, D.D.S. She is survived by her daughters, Judith Anne Sanders Henke (Judy), Linda Jane Sanders Kelly (Jane), her sons Frank DeCelle Sanders, III, and Robert Lamar Sanders, son-in-laws Steve Kelly and Brant Henke, daughter-in-laws Rose Marie Sanders and Deborah Ann Sanders, and sister Mrs. Jerry Rogers and brother-in-law Mr. Dick Rogers. Mrs. Sanders is also survived by grandchildren Tyler Lee Kelly, Ashley Henke Reed, Frank DeCelle Sanders, IV, Hope Olivia Sanders, Robert Lamar Sanders, Jr., and Steve Kelly, Jr. Mrs. Sanders recently welcomed her first great-grandchild into the world, Jack Raymond Reed, IV.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, private services will be held at Roswell United Methodist Church and Arlington Cemetery in Sandy Springs.


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Rosa Nell Sanders

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Karen Vaglia

June 25, 2020

What a wonderful women Nell was.. I met her 4 years ago at a neighborhood event. My condolences ! May you find comfort in knowing she is back with the love of her life. !

Karen Vaglia

Brant Henke

June 4, 2020

It has truly been a privilege, an honor and a blessing to have known Nell Sanders for the past 42 years. She was truly a remarkable woman in so many ways. Even though I was only her son-in-law she always made me feel like I was part of her incredibly close knit family.

She has been a terrific Christian role model for our daughter, Ashley, as well as for the rest of her children and grandchildren in her family. I will be forever grateful for all that she did for our family over the years. She was like a second mother for Ashley in Ashley's early years and Ashley absolutely adored her.

Nell possessed a rare combination of intelligence, humility, charm, class, character and wit. Without question she will be sorely missed by her family. She will also be fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Although I feel a deep sense of loss with her passing I nevertheless am very much looking forward to celebrating her wonderful and remarkable life at her upcoming Memorial service this Saturday.

Thanks for all of the wonderful memories Nell. I will always remember you.

Brant Henke

Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery & Mausoleum

June 1, 2020

The staff of Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Sanders Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your love one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you