Georgia Lois Sanders Diaper
Georgia Lois Sanders Windle, who went by many names throughout her long and fulfilling life – “Lois”, “Mom”, “Nonnie”, “Auntie” to name a few – passed away in Denton, Texas on February 2, 2022 at the age of 94.
Lois was born on April 25, 1927, to Patrick Riley Sanders and Lillie Virginia Fulgham Sanders on their family farm in Clay County, Texas, along with a twin brother who died in infancy. Lois was the fourth of five surviving children; She had two brothers and two sisters with whom she remained close throughout her life.
Lois attended Midway ISD in Clay County where she had big dreams of leaving farm life behind. In high school, she met and fell in love with the young man who would eventually take her away from the farm and with whom she would spend 75 years of her life. She and Ray D. Windle married at a young age and remained together from 1944 until his death on January 7, 2020 at the age of 91.
Lois and Ray had two children: Larry Doyle, who died in 1945 as an infant, and Donald Ray, born in 1948, the couple’s only surviving child.
While Ray pursued his interests in electronics and communications, Lois pursued her own interests in real estate, antiques and interior design. She was an active member of the International Women’s Club of Dallas for many years, where she formed several long-lasting friendships. She was also a skilled hostess, which was tremendously helpful to Ray as he started his business. Together, Lois and Ray have renovated, remodeled, and built at least 10 different homes and lived in places as diverse as Texas, Illinois, Arkansas, New Mexico, and California. Ray’s business sent her all over the world and the former farm girl visited Japan, Australia, Germany, Great Britain and many cities in the USA
One of Lois’ favorite roles was as “Nonnie” to her beloved granddaughters Beth and Amy. An active and dedicated grandmother, Lois became known to many of Beth and Amy’s friends as “Nonnie” who hosted her at numerous parties, sleepovers and afternoons at the pool. She also enjoyed maintaining close relationships with her extended family through holiday gatherings and frequent phone calls. She especially loved long phone calls with her nephews Bob and Mike.
In the last years of her life, as her eyesight and hearing failed, Lois and her family benefited immeasurably from the compassionate care of Helen Kamau, whose dedicated service went well beyond the call of duty. Helen brought Lois great comfort. Another close companion was Diane Hail, who never failed to entertain Lois with conversation, good food and laughter.
Lois was the sole survivor of her generation and of a few who followed her. She was born to her spouse Ray D. Windle (2020), son Larry D. Windle (1945), daughter-in-law Dr. Ann S. Windle (2001), granddaughter Amy Rebecca Windle (2011) and their parents deceased. Brothers, sisters and their spouses and five of their nieces and nephews.
Lois is survived by one son, Judge Don R. Windle (Bobbie) of St. Petersburg, Florida; a granddaughter, Dr. Elisabeth Windle of St. Louis, Missouri; nephews Mike Sanders (Nancy) of Sanger, Texas, Ron Sanders (Margaret) of Haslet, Texas; Randy Dansby of Sanger, Texas; Richard Whitaker of San Antonio, Texas; Debbie Morris of Lubbock, Texas; Jim Windle (Chris) of Loveland, Colorado; Robert Windle of Richardson, Texas; Patty Windle of Addison, Texas; Cathy Laracuente from Odessa, Texas and many other great nephews and nieces.
Lois’ remains were interred alongside those of Ray and Amy in the columbarium of Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton, Texas.
A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held at the Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Jim Bowden instead.
Published by Denton Record-Chronicle from May 7th to May 8th, 2022.