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Phyllis Diane Sanders

January 26, 1945 ~ September 18, 2021 (age 76)



Phyllis Diane Sanders, age 76, of Madison, WI, passed away on September 18, 2021, surrounded by her family at the University of Madison Hospital. She was born on January 26, 1945, in Decatur, IL. The daughter of Jack Sanders Sr. and Helen (Johnson) Sanders. Phyllis was the third of four children. She grew up on Madison's southside in the Greenbush neighborhood. Phyllis often recalled her fond memories of being a Girl Scout. Phyllis graduated from Central High School in 1963. She later attended Madison Area Technical College, receiving an Associate's Degree in 1971 as a Dental Assistant. She would transition to a Dental Lab Technician, which she found to be more rewarding and peaceful.

A Cub Scout Den Mother, Phyllis, appreciated leading Scouting activities and field trips. A lifelong crafter, Phyllis enjoyed making, sharing, and teaching various mediums throughout the years. She was the owner of Fhyllis Faces Ceramic Shop and was forever present at local craft fairs.

Phyllis enjoyed volunteering at different community charities and events. Additionally, she participated in annual trips as part of a Dental team into Native American Reservations, something she described as the highlight of serving others.

Phyllis loved to sing and dance, lighting up a room with soft laughter and an infectious smile. Phyllis was an outgoing person who loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed road trips throughout WI after retirement.

She is preceded in death by her father, Jack Sanders Sr., her mother Helen, and her son Wesley Hall. Survived by Phyllis are her five children; Rene Hall, Carmen Evanco, Theresa Hall, Elliot Franklin (Jenny), and Darryl Franklin Jr (Tricia). Her three siblings, sister Henrietta Patterson, and brothers Jack Sanders Jr. and Spencer Sanders. 14 Grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was laid to rest on September 23, 2021, at Sunset Memory Gardens.

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September 23, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Cress Center 6021 University Avenue Madison (Wisconsin)

Funeral Service
September 23, 2021

11:30 AM
Cress Center 6021 University Avenue Madison (Wisconsin)

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