Sandra K. Sanders

June 23, 1947 ~ November 4, 2021 (age 74)


Reflection of Life A Time to Be Born

Sister Sandra Kathleen Sanders “Maxie” was born on June 23, 1947, in Apopka, FL to Mildred L. Barnes Lane “Madea” and Mack Lane, both deceased.

A Time to Share

Sandra attended Orange County Public Schools. She graduated in the class of 1965 from Phylis Wheatley High School. Later, she attended and graduated from Nova University, receiving her Bachelor in Education and Master in Psychology. Sandra received these while employed at General Electric for 15 years. After the closing of GE, Sandra was then hired by OCPS as an Educational Para. Phylis Wheatley was her first passion as a teacher. The same school she graduated from now would be an elementary school today. She would then meet her husband, Wilfred A. Sanders, Sr., who preceded her in death. Sandra moved to Orlando, FL and continued teaching at John Young Elementary. After moving to Lockhart, Sandra resigned from John Young Elementary to become a fifth grade teacher at Hungerford Elementary. Sandra was awarded Teacher of the Year at Hungerford Elementary. Sandra received awards from D.A.R.E. Program Eatonville Police Department, Dreamers and Doers, and Teacher Recovery.

Sandra retired in 2013 after 36 years of teaching at OCPS. After the passing of her husband, Wilfred, in 2014, she kept herself busy by joining the Club Progressive Seniors of Apopka and being their secretary. She took many trips, enjoyed shopping, and getting her nails done. She lived the life of a retired school teacher.

Sandra was a lifelong servant and member at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, serving on Usher Board #1 for many years and was a stewardess. You can always find Sandra sitting on the third row, known for her fancy hats. She was a member of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., of Beta Xi of Orlando, FL. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Davis Chapter 36 of Apopka, FL. She also was a Lady Associate of Unity Memorial Funeral Home East, Inc., of Apopka, FL.

A Time to Love

Sandra’s best award was for serving God first, and she gets the award for being an awesome loving mother to her three children, Frenchie, Talanda, and Arcelles “Pop.” Sandra’s children meant the world to her. Sandra raised her children at some points of her life as a single parent. We all enjoyed laying in bed watching TV and weekend trips to Stark. On November 4, 2021, Sandra said the words “I love you” for the last time, saying to her daughters, Frenchie, Talanda, granddaughters, Azadrain, and Jartashia, and brother Walter.

A Time to Mourn

She is survived by: daughters, Frenchie Rollins (Kendrick) of Deltona, FL and Talanda Thomas (Jason) of Orlando, FL; devoted granddaughter Azadrian Collier of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Joshua Collier (Octivia) of Colombus, GA, Zackary Collier (Shunia) of Louisville, KY, Jordan Granger, Jaya Granger (Kuwait), Maykla Collier of Gainsville, FL, Jozondra Thomas of Atlanta, GA, Jartashia Thomas of Orlando, FL, Cecil Cee Cee Morris of Orlando, FL, Apolloni Apple, Keyomi, Walter (Lil Corey) Ciera, and Antonio of Orlando, FL; 12 great-grands; and siblings, Tommie Huff (George Huff) of Rochester, NY, Sgt. Lt. Walter Lane of Apopka, FL, Donnie Lane of Forest Park, GA, Kent Hood of Starks, FL, and Eric Lane (Angela) of Stark, FL. Sandra will be missed by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Arcelles “Pop” Collier; and brothers, Ronnie Lane, Kenneth Dinkins, Jesse Reddick and Jimmy Lane.

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November 12, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Unity Memorial Funeral Home, East
44 W. Michael Gladden Blvd.
Apopka, FL 34703

Funeral Service
November 13, 2021

3:00 PM
St. Paul A.M.E. Church
1012 S Park Ave.
Apopka, FL 32703

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