Janelle Gaye Saunders, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2018 at the Avera McKennan Hospital, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Jan was born in Lake Park, Iowa, on June 22, 1935 to Lonnie (Tar) and Clarene Weaver (Evans). She was married to Ben Saunders and from this union four children were born. Mary Ann Lockey (Mark Lockey), Lonnie Saunders (Kathy Saunders), Kim Harken, Jamie Saunders (late Kari Saunders), nine grandchildren: Megan Lockey, Marlee Christoffel, Mason Lockey, Shelby Haak, Nikolas Harken, Lynde Harken, Forrest Saunders, Jessica Saunders (Corkery), Stephen Saunders, and ten great-grandchildren: Brenna, Alexia, Macie, Hunter, Cade, Gretchen, Josie, Harrison, Rosalie, and Lainey. To her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was always lovingly referred to as ‘Kitty Grandma.”
Jan’s pride and joy were her children and in later years her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a passion for reading and was rarely seen without a book in her hand.
Jan will always be remembered as a nurturing mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be missed.
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