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Martha Louise "Mattie Lou" Hightower Sanders
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1890
Ruston
Lincoln Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 1960
Mountain Home
Baxter County
Arkansas, USA

My father's mother...married James Ervin Blackstock, Jr. When he passed away from Hodgkins in 1930, she was left with children, Ruth, Lois, Nell, Dick and Billy to care for. She opened a boarding house, then married my dad's step-father, Johnnie Sanders. Johnnie (my Popsie) was not much older than her children, but they were married until her death on vacation in 1960. Together they had a son, Bennie Sanders. She was an exceptional gardener, growing all sorts of flourishing native plants, but an awful cook. My dad refused to eat chicken and dumplings because hers always included the chicken's feet!

The Ruston Daily Leader
August 12, 1960
Page 8

Mrs. J. D. Sanders Succumbs While On Vacation

Mrs. J. D. Sanders, 68, Ruston resident, died at 2 a.m. today while on vacation at Mountain Home, Arkansas, following a heart attack.

Funeral services wil be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Spears-Kimbell funeral parlors.

She is survived by her husband, six children: Louise Sanders, Dick Blackstock, W. J. Blackstock, Mrs. Nell Hockenjos, Mrs. Lois Johnson, all of Ruston, J. B. Sanders of Houma; and Mrs. T. A. Moffett of Venice; seven sisters and brothers, Mrs. A. L. Swanson, of Monroe, John Allen Hightower of Ruston, Fred Hightower of Monroe, Mrs. Ellis White of Ringgold, Jack Hightower of Baton Rouge, Mrs. Ruby Higginbotham of Ruston and Kenny Hightower of Dodson. [Mattie Lou's mother, Mary Jane Heard Hightower was inadvertantly omitted from the list of survivors] 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Rufus Hightower (1865 - 1947)
  Mary Jane Heard Hightower (1869 - 1969)
 
 Spouses:
  James Ervin Blackstock (1895 - 1930)
  Johnnie Dee Sanders (1912 - 1988)*
 
 Children:
  Ruth Blackstock Moffett (1916 - 2002)*
  Lois Blackstock Johnson (1918 - 1989)*
  Richard H. Blackstock (1920 - 1997)*
  William James Blackstock (1924 - 2008)*
  Nell Blackstock Hockenjos (1926 - 2001)*
 
 Sibling:
  Kennie Charles Hightower (1885 - 1967)*
  Martha Louise Hightower Sanders (1890 - 1960)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Ruston
Lincoln Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: Scout Finch
Record added: Apr 29, 2009
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Martha Louise Mattie Lou <i>Hightower</i> Sanders
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Martha Louise Mattie Lou <i>Hightower</i> Sanders
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