Eliane L. “Meme” Sanders, 79, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, with family by her side.

Eliane was resilient from the very beginning. She was born Feb. 29, 1940, during World War II in a cave in Dangé, France, while her mother and siblings hid from the Nazis and her father was a prisoner of war in Germany. She grew up with four sisters and two brothers, Annette, Colette, Susan, Mauricette, Robert and John.

Eliane married the love of her life, the late Clyde W. Sanders, on Aug 20, 1965. They lived many places around the world due to her husband’s military service. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen on June 12, 1970, and eventually settled down with her family in Colorado Springs.

While in Colorado, Eliane began working at Army and Air Force Exchange Services in 1975 and retired from there on Nov. 30, 1999. During her retirement, she was an active member of the Fountain Valley Senior Citizens Center, spent time with her vast friends and made countless memories with her family.

Eliane was preceded in death by her loving husband, Clyde W. Sanders, in 2011.

Survivors include her daughter, Catherine Royal and son-in-law, John, of Colorado Springs; and her son, Donald Sanders and daughter-in-law, Margaret, of Arkansas City; granddaughters, Melynda (Royal) Maldonado, of Colorado Springs, Laetitia (Sanders) Jaipaul and Chantal (Sanders) Drumgole, both of Austin, Texas, Alicia (Sanders) Moore, of Arkansas City, and Dangé (Sanders) Oguntodu, of Wichita; five grandsons-in-law; 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Colette Arnault and Annette Fraux.

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