Shirley Annette Sanders, longtime Roseburg resident, died Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center.

Born June 5th, 1936, in Sterling, Illinois, to father, Vivian Morse and mother, Irene Feagins, Shirley moved to Roseburg with her mother in 1942.

Shirley developed deep roots in Roseburg, and felt a strong connection to the community. A proud graduate of Roseburg High School, class of 1954, Shirley attended every class reunion and gathering. She appreciated and valued the lifelong friends she made there.

Always a people person, Shirley’s working years were spent in places that let her enjoy meeting people and socializing. In her youth, she worked at Richie’s Drive-In, and later she met her husband, Robert Sanders, while working as a bartender at Sandy’s Tavern. Later, she worked at The Hi-Ho Restaurant and The Red Barn Restaurant, and always had a good time with both her co-workers and her customers.

To her friends, Shirley will be remembered as fun-loving and vibrant. She knew how to have fun and how to make others enjoy themselves as well. Any friend of hers will have memories of card games, parties, or camping trips that she brightened with her energy and spark.

To her family, Shirley will be remembered as their biggest cheerleader and constant source of support. She was in the bleachers for every game and event; she was the first to congratulate or to consol. Shirley had a long and happy marriage with Robert Sanders, and they built a life together centered around creating a fun and loving home. They spent their retirement years traveling the country together in their RV and making memories.

To all, she will be remembered for infectious, irrepressible laugh. Nobody who heard Shirley laugh could ever doubt her joy or forget her spirit.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sanders, and her mother, Irene Feagins.

Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her children, Debra Bitner, Karen Cooper, and Sheldon Sanders; grandchildren, Kara Conway, Jessie Cooper, Kelly Cooper, and Taylor Sanders; as well as numerous great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m., October 14th, 2017, at Pearson’s Funeral Home.

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