Laverne Sanders

Laverne Sanders

The Home Going celebration for Marybeth Laverne Sanders, 85, will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in the Centennial Chapel of the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.

A time of visitation and support for the family will be held Friday evening from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home

The daughter of the late Dillard and Ada Hutchins Rolison, Laverne was born July 11, 1935 at Tuskahoma, Oklahoma. To this union nine other children were born, John Henry, Louise, Dillard, Eugene, Geneva, Myrna, Arthur Lee, James and Ada. She entered her Heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 2, 2021.

A graduate of Ardmore Douglass High School Class of 1954, she played basketball and softball and attended all school functions and activities. Laverne married the love of her life, Milton Lee Sanders, Jr., and they made their home in Ardmore. He preceded her death January 16, 1977. She was also preceded in death by her grandson Chevis Howard and her nine brothers and sisters.

Laverne began working at the age of 13, until she retired from Michelin in 1988. She was a cook, housekeeper, caretaker, provider, entrepreneur, and business woman who was successful at everything she set out to do. She enjoyed traveling, watching and attending sporting events, watching Christian television, going to church conventions, attending the Douglass High School reunions, family gatherings and supporting her family any way she could. She enjoyed taking food to those in need and she always had plenty of anything and everything! She was never without resources to lend a helping hand.

Leaving to cherish her legacy are her children, Leonard Sanders and wife Vickie; Sharlotte Rambo and husband Charles; Milton Lee Sanders III, and wife Judy; and Niecy Swindall; 10 grandchildren, Rod Sanders and wife Anna; Taselia Mace and husband Bernard; Charmin Sanders, Kisha Burkhalter; "T"; Sonya McGee; Kedrick Pickens; Denita Swindall, Devin Howard and wife Mae; Earl Sanders and wife Albany; 27 great grandchildren, and sixteen great great grandchildren, who affectionately called her, "Big Momma" and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory where online condolences for the family may be left at

Posted online on April 07, 2021