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Mary E. Sanders

December 27, 1924 ~ January 10, 2019 (age 94)

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Mary Elizabeth Grant Gulley Cox Sanders, of Lancaster, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, January  10, 2019 at Ephraim McDowell Medical Center. 

She was born December 27,  1924, in Camp Dick Robinson in Garrard County. She was the daughter of the late Stella Hendren Gulley and Jesse Woolfolk Gulley. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Sanders, former attorney in Lancaster and by her first husband, Glen W. Cox of Lancaster; two brothers, J. Woolfolk Gulley and Charles Hendren Gulley; and one sister Margaret G. Thorngren. 

Mary Elizabeth attended the Camp Dick Robinson School and the Fugazzi Business School. She was the owner of a Flower Shop in Lancaster and was employed at the Garrard County Clinic for several years. Mary Elizabeth enjoyed keeping house, entertaining for beloved friends or family and decorating. Later in life she became a world traveler with her husband Cecil. Mary loved beautiful flowers and gardening. She was an active member of the Lancaster Christain Church for many years. 

A loyal, loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and aunt, Mary Elizabeth is survived by a brother, Dr. James Gulley (Betty); a daughter Peggy Lou Cox Sharp (Billy) of Lancaster; a step-daughter, Jerry Sue Johnson (Dr. Marshall Johnson) of Elizabethtown; a step-son, James S. Sanders (Lucinda) of Lancaster; six grandchildren, Jami Sharp Wilson (Wesley) of Paint Lick, Alan (Jade) Sanders of Georgetown, Cecilee Sanders of Topeka, KS, Jamie (Bill) Hochleutner of Ft. Thomas, Dr. Marshall (Anne) Johnson of Gallatin, TN, Melissa (Paul) Chason of Suwanee, GA and Julie (Dr. Mathew) Naas of Verona; two great-grandchildren, Olivia Wilson and Ariel Wilson of Paint Lick and numerous other beloved great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be handled by Spurlin Funeral Home with visitation and services at Lancaster Christian Church with Rev. Dr. Robert Mallory officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Monday at the church. Funeral service will be 11 AM Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Burial will follow in Lancaster Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Alan Sanders, Dr. Marshall Johnson Jr., John Gulley, Tom Gulley, Wes Wilson and James M. Gulley. 

Honorary Pallbearers are her caretakers; nieces Mary Gulley and Teal Reilly.

Memorial contributions can be made “In Memory of Mary” towards Lancaster Christian Church. There will be a meal provided after services in the basement of the church.

 Service Information

January 14, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lancaster Christian Church
211 Stanford Street
Lancaster, KY 40444

Funeral Service
January 15, 2019

11:00 AM
Lancaster Christian Church
211 Stanford Street
Lancaster, KY 40444

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