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 Martha Louise “Mattie Lou” <I>Hightower</I> Sanders

Martha Louise “Mattie Lou” Hightower Sanders

Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 12 Aug 1960 (aged 69)
Mountain Home, Baxter County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 36537740 · View Source
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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, John Bennett "Benny" 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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  • Find A Grave Memorial 36537740
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Louise “Mattie Lou” Hightower Sanders (17 Dec 1890–12 Aug 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36537740, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Scout Finch (contributor 47112463) .