Mary E. (Wheeler) Sanders WILTON, N.H. -- Mary Elizabeth (Wheeler) Sanders, 89, passed, after a brief illness, on June 29, 2018, at Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Mary was born Jan. 12, 1930, in Calais, Vermont, the daughter of Joel and Hilda (Brazier) Wheeler. Mary attended school in Calais and Montpelier. She married Wilson Sanders on Sept. 1, 1951, in Montpelier. They first lived in Worcester, then Jericho, then in West Bolton for 50 years, until Wilson passed in 2010. Mary then moved to Wilton to live with her daughter. Before she married, Mary worked as a telephone operator. Later, she had a small antiques business, setting up for many years at the Waterbury flea market. When in Vermont, she worked side by side with her husband cutting firewood for the long winters. She kept a large garden for many years, canning the results of her labor. In New Hampshire, she kept busy outside as well, doing all sorts of yard work, even splitting wood when she was 80! Mary was an avid reader, especially of history and biography. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, watching Jeopardy and putting together jigsaw puzzles. She loved writing long letters to friends and family. She had an excellent memory and could talk forever about the old days. After moving to New Hampshire, she enjoyed visiting local historical sites and museums and also traveling around the country with her daughter. Mary was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Margaret Young; her brother, Merton Wheeler; and by her husband, Wilson. She is survived by her son, David Pease and wife Lisa, of Hilton Head, South Carolina; her son, Edward Sanders and wife Cynthia, of Lancaster; her daughter, Barbara Andrade, of Wilton; seven granddaughters and 10 great-grandchildren. There will be a graveside service in Worcester Mountain Cemetery in Worcester, Vermont, at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mary’s memory to either Lund, P.O. Box 4009, Burlington VT 05406-4009 (lundvt.org); or Home Health & Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054 (hhhc.org). To send an online message of condolence, please go to guareandsons.com.

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