Joyce Sanders, age 83, of Pittsburg, KS, passed away at Via Christi Hospital on March 1, 2023.
Joyce was born August 2, 1939 to Louis and Emma Mariucci in Radley, KS.
She married Don Richardson on December 26, 1957. They later divorced. She married Walt Sanders on August 7, 1976. He survives.
She worked for Kansas State University Extension of Crawford County as a nutrition assistant for 15 years and retired. She had been a teacher for Frontenac Head Start for 10 years prior to that. Joyce was one of Jehovah's witnesses.
Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Donna Owen and husband Randy of Lamar, MO; a son, David Richardson of Arma, KS; three grandsons, Riley Richardson and wife Kelsey, Austin Owen and wife Jordan, and Ethan Owen; three great-grandchildren, Jaden and Cole Richardson, and Thatcher Owen; a sister, Connie Mariucci and her partner Dale Dunford; and niece Barbara Oliver and husband Mike; as well as many loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Joe Mariucci; two sisters, Wilma Smalley and Gloria Caruthers; and a daughter, Debbie Richardson.
According to her wishes, Mrs. Sanders was taken for cremation. There will be a memorial service for her at the Lamplighter Inn on March 25 at 11 a.m.