Laneta “Neta” Grace Sanders

Laneta “Neta” Grace Sanders, 71, of Excelsior Springs, passed away January 9, 2021.

Neta was born in Mexico, Mo., on July 13, 1949, the daughter of James and Louanna Halsey. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1965, and Magna Cum Laude from Missouri Valley College in 1971. On June 8, 1969, she married Robert Edward Sanders, who preceded her in death.

Neta worked as a bookkeeper and administrative assistant before retiring.  She was a long time member of Beta Sigma Phi, as well as P.E.O., Coterie, and Study Club.

She was an active member of the Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Neta enjoyed china painting, as well as basket weaving in her free time.

She is survived by her two daughters, Leslie Leonhard and her husband, Chris, and Jennifer Kronewitter and her husband, Jason; and three grandsons, Jacob, Cade, and Colin Leonhard. In addition to her daughters, she is survived by her four sisters, Lee Hamilton and her husband George, Jean Dowell and her husband Gary, Joyce Davis and her husband Chuck, and Connie Soendker and her husband Dale;  as well, as her mother-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Sanders.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, MO.

The family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bross and Spidle Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs.

Our Sincere Condolences

We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was a beautiful and kind lady. She will be in heaven with Your dad Robert. God bless!
Charles Van Liere

Your Mom was a very special lady as was your Dad, Robert. A beautiful caring couple. They are in heaven together now free of pain. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.
Darlene Berg

Leslie & Jennifer and family, I thought Neta was so talented in her painting and baskets. She will be missed. I love being in Sorority and other clubs. I still remember when Karla babysit you girls.
Ruby Dickey

Leslie and Jennifer, it is such a loss. Your mother is so beautiful inside and out. Please enjoy all those memories of happier days that  are coming to your mind. Your parents were such a gift to you both and their friends. Love you both and your great families.

We are saddened at the loss of our sweet friend, Neta.  The only solace is that she is with her loving husband, Robert, again.
We have so many memories of happy times spent with Neta and Robert including trips to the Masters Tournament and  our “leaf peakin” trip through 5 Northeast states.  We even got to share Neta & Robert’s joy when they found the grave of Robert’s revolutionary relative.
The best memories are the many hours we just visited, laughed and enjoyed each other’s company.  Neta always made people feel welcome and special.  She was kind, generous, ever-helpful, talented & enjoyed sharing her talent with others.  Through the classes she taught, many others learned basket weaving.  Neta was so patient with those of us who were not so innately talented at that!  We must add that she was the best cook in the universe.
Neta made this world a better place.  She made people better for knowing her.  She will be greatly missed.   May she rest in peace.
Our condolences to Leslie, Chris, Jennifer, Jason and those fine grandsons who were greatly loved by Neta & Robert.  God bless you all.
Cindy & Jack O‘Dell

My deepest sympathy on the loss of you dear mother.  Her beautiful smile, and welcoming eyes made the world a brighter place! Hold tight to her memory girls.  She was one of a kind.
Cherri Williams (Halsey cousin)

We will always remember your parents as “good people”.  “Good People” are always remembered by many. So sorry for your loss.
Ron and Jill Huettenmueller