Rosamond (Roz) Xenia Sanders was born July 3, 1930 in St. Louis, MO. She was one of four children born to the late James G. and Jeannette Brown. Her brother James G. and sisters, Rosemary V., and Anna Marion all preceded her in death.
Rosamond attended Haven Middle School, Evanston Township High School, Tennessee State University and National College of Education, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1969.
In 1952 Rosamond united in marriage with Raymond Thomas Sanders. His daughter Margaret Frances was later joined by six siblings, twins Roy James and Raymond Maurice, Reginald Thomas, Rhonda Carol, Randall Wayne, and Russell Lowell.
Rosamond joined Second Baptist Church in 1944 and remained a faithful member until her health declined which no longer permitted her to participate in church activities. Some of her activities included singing in the church choir, serving as a faithful member of the soup kitchen ministry and mailing church bulletins (an assignment she cherished), formerly performed by her sister Anna, and prior to that, her parents.
Rosamond served in various capacities within the Evanston school District 65 for 25 years. Miller, Dawes, and Dewey schools were the schools entrusted with her tutelage. She was the Intensive Reading Teacher at Oakton and Dewey schools for third, fourth, and fifth grades. She was also a classroom teacher for Kindergarten through third grade and a PLP teacher for second grade. Rosamond loved working with children as she often served as the musical director and principal administrator for activities pertaining to Black History Month.
Rosamond was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and loved the pink and green. She served with the “Foster Senior Citizen’s Club”, where she was president for two years. She loved Bingo and her hobbies included bowling and canning. Rosamond also relaxed by playing the piano and enjoyed an occasional trip to play the “one arm bandit”. One of her favorite activities was spending time with her “Saturday Group.”
Upon her retirement from District 65, Rosamond maintained her eagerness to expand her knowledge of computers. She was able to land a part-time position with Northwestern University in the Alumni Records Department. She served in that capacity until her “official retirement” in 2012.
Rosamond’s love of family and friends is extended through those whom she leaves to cherish her memory: her husband Raymond T.; children Margaret, Roy, Raymond M. (Yolonda), Reginald (Megan), Rhonda, Randall, and Russell; grandchildren, Michael (who preceded her in death) (Tiffany), Khali, Rachael, Shane, Roy A., Aaron, Spring, Aidan, Dakota and Clarke; great grandchildren, Mya, Myca, and Maxwell; dear friend Blanche Smith; and all the ladies, past and present, of the “Saturday Group.” Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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