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Kathryn "Kay" Elizabeth Sanders

November 25, 1933 August 24, 2019
Kathryn "Kay" Elizabeth Sanders
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Kay passed away on August 24, 2019 after a relatively (thankfully) short battle with cancer. She was born in Decorah, Iowa to Fred and Freda (Josvanger) Womeldorf on November 25, 1933. Kay grew up in Decorah in a Washington Street home, where she graduated from Decorah High School and also attended Lutheran College for a short time. Kay moved to Kellogg, Idaho and stayed with her older sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Lowell Lund. It was there she met and married her first husband, James Freer. They had four children: David, John, Janice, and Robert (Bob). James, through the ROTC program, joined the Airforce and, as a military wife, they were stationed in various parts of the United States, also in Japan and Germany. While traveling in all these various places she met many new friends. However, in 1973, Kay moved permanently back to Coeur d'Alene where, in early 1974, she met Earl "Bud" Sanders. They were married on July 13, 1974 in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d’ Alene.

While in Coeur d'Alene, she worked for Patzer Oil, banks, and the Kootenai County Assessor’s Office where she retired in 1995. Together, in 1977, Kay and Bud built their first home in Sunrise Terrace. Their passions were gardening, a large garden and many fruit trees, feeding hummingbirds, and bowling. Kay was an avid bowler and competed in many state and national tournaments. Some of their fondest memories were bowling with Art and Betty Turner all over the United States. Kay was a long time member of the WIBC. ln 1992 Bud and Kay built their second home on Maple Place in Hayden. At this time of their Iives they enjoyed fishing at Dworshak, Koocanusa, Hayden, and Coeur d'Alene lakes and reservoirs. They enjoyed travelling in their camper across many western states and had much enjoyment on their several trips to Mexico.

Kay had many hobbies and interests, including knitting, felting purses, canning, the daily
crossword, and collecting: Hummels, decorative plates, snowbabies, and many different quarter collections. She was known for her extensive memory recollection and family history. Kay had a great love for all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Bud Sanders; children: Dave Freer, John (Tammy) Freer,
Janice Freer, and Bob (Katy) Freer; grandchildren: Larissa Freer Newton (Lonnie), Cody Freer (Makel), Chad, and Matthew Freer; great grandchildren, Kinley, Olivia and Tyson; stepchildren, Phil Sanders and his children, Michael, Michelle, Lori (John) Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Freda Womeldorf; sisters, Fran (Stan) Jeffers, Dorothy (Lowell) Lund, Marge (Neal) Davis; and brother, Howard.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Yates Funeral Home - Hayden Chapel, 373 E. Hayden Ave., Hayden, lD with a reception to follow. A graveside service is scheduled for 2:00 PM at Coeur d’ Alene Memorial Gardens.

ln lieu of flowers, the family desires donations be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 2290 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815,

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Memorial Service




11:00 AM 9/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Hayden Chapel

373 E. Hayden Avenue
Hayden Lake, ID 83835

A reception will immediately follow the service.

Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Hayden Chapel
373 E. Hayden Avenue Hayden Lake 83835 ID
United States





2:00 PM 9/3/2019 2:00:00 PM
Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens

7315 Government Way
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens
7315 Government Way Coeur d' Alene 83814 ID
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hospice of North Idaho

2290 W. Prairie Ave.
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83815

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