Thelma Faye Taylor-Sanderson

July 31, 1932 ~ August 11, 2020

Faye was called home to ETERNAL LIFE and HEAVEN on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Faye was born July 31, 1932 in Oxford, Ark., to Beulah (Green) and Gordie Taylor.

Her parents along with two of her brothers and two of her sisters, Ravel Taylor, Remmel Taylor, Velma Taylor-Webb, and Gaye Taylor-Hayes, and granddaughter, Courtnie Banks, preceded her in death.

She met her husband, auditioning for him (with two of her sisters) to be on radio, back in the 1950’s. He had been working for the station K. W. P. M. in West Plaines, Mo., since 1947. The three sisters performed on his broadcast and he would go on to marry Faye. The Sanderson couple moved to the Kansas City area around 1954. Faye and her husband were the children of Arkansas share-croppers and had moved to Kansas City in order to find opportunity and a better life for themselves and their family. They had a very rich and full life as parents and grandparents. In their spare time, they remained avid bluegrass-gospel musicians and singers for many years, which included some time in local Kansas City radio and a record album in 1968. Faye played not only the guitar, but also learned the piano and accordion by ear, as well. In addition to all these accomplishments, the role she will be most remembered for, is that of caregiver, mother, and grandmother. She cared not only for her own children and grandchildren, but a host of others including baby sitting nieces, nephews, and caregiving to her own mother during many of Beulah’s last years.

Faye married James “Cotton” Sanderson May 29, 1954. They enjoyed 66 years of love, friendship, and devotion to family. They were blessed with three children, Christene Sanderson-Banks on January 20, 1956, James Gordie Sanderson and Tami Lori Sanderson-Smith on January 20, 1966. These blessings continued with six grandchildren, Brandon, Christopher, Courtnie, Brittany, Colton, and McKenzie. Later, this would include six great-grandchildren, Tayler, Caleb, Madison, Emma Faye, Gunner, and Isabelle Courtney.

She leaves to cherish her memory James. O. Sanderson – her loving and devoted husband; children, Christy, James, and Tami; son-in-law, Robert Eugene Banks; sisters, Ina Taylor-Powell and Peggy Taylor-Ball; and brothers, John Sylvester Taylor and Hayden Taylor; grandchildren and great grandchildren; along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.

A viewing will be held for immediate family at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney. A viewing for remaining family and friends will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, August 14, 2020 at the funeral home, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. at New Hope Cemetery, Liberty, Mo.

Our Sincere Condolences

Faye was such a sweet godly woman and will never be forgotten. Heavenly Angels are rejoicing and receiving our precious one! She is missed and loved and now in Gods hands.  Love to all of the family.
Randy and Kaye Ferguson

Faye was such a sweet lady, we always enjoyed Cotton and Faye. She is singing with the angels in heaven now.
Carol & J.T.

Dear Cotton, Christy, Jimmy and Tami,
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  Faye was so special and will be greatly missed by all of us.  We always loved coming to your house, we felt like we were home.  Faye always made sure we were comfortable and there were a lot of stories told and laughs.  I can only imagine the good time her and Ron are having in Heaven!  You are all so special and we love you.
Judy, Jason, Lyssa and Ryan Taylor

Cotton, Christy, Tami, Jimmy & families,
It’s such a sad time when we lose members of our family & we’re all grieving the loss of Fay.  Cotton, I remember you coming to Grandma & Granddad’s to “court” my Aunt Fay – it’s so unreal that it was 66 years ago.  I know you will miss her and loved her so.  Christy, Tami, & Jimmy how fortunate you were to have such a sweet, kind, and loving Mother.  It’s so hard to lose the one who have you life, but we were raised to know that one day we’ll be reunited with our loved ones.  What precious memories you have, that we have.  Granddad always told me that he couldn’t tell if it was me or Fay laughing from another room – I’m glad I inherited something from her.  Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we’re so sorry we could not be there.  Love to all.
Jerry & Annita Fulton & Family