Doris Lopez Sanders
August 8, 1933 -
December 13, 2021

Visitation

December 15, 2021
10 am to 11 am

Service 

December 15, 2021
11 am

Interment

December 15, 2021
Obituary

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Doris Lopez Sanders, age 88, of Huntsville, AL. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 10 am until 11 am at St Anthony Catholic Church. A funeral mass will follow at 11 am with Rev. Father George Panthananickal officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Doris was born August 8, 1933, in Durango, CO to the late Bailon P. and Lucia R. Ruybal Lopez. She began her career with IBM in Colorado and retired from Chrysler working in IT and on computers. Doris loved spending time in the great outdoors, especially working in her yard and garden. Along with her late husband Fred, she devoted much of her time volunteering and supporting Alanon and AA for 40 years. Doris attended St Anthony Catholic Church in Fayetteville and St Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntsville. She passed away at her home on December 13, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Survivors include her daughters Pamela (Jim) Monaghan of Fayetteville, Tammy (Jack) Jackson of Huntsville, AL, granddaughters Christina (Phillip) Colbert, April (Crispen) Armijo, Amber Monaghan all of Fayetteville, grandsons Kevin (Ashley) Jackson of Brownsboro, AL, Chris (Stephanie) Jackson of Huntsville, AL, great grandchildren Austin Colbert, Olivia Colbert, Isabella Armijo, Madelyn Armijo, Alexandria Armijo, Gavin Jackson and Audrina Jackson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Kermit Sanders; and siblings, Lillie Laird, Pauline Maestas, Lucy James, Tommy Lopez, Evelyn Southwick, and Loney Lopez.

The family wished to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers who treated their mother like family; Betty, Carolyn, Elaine, and Dorothy.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Doris Lopez Sanders.

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9 Comments

  1. Lugenia Storey

    So sorry to hear of Doris passing
    A wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.
    I always enjoyed her every year in April.

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  2. Carolyn Y Binger

    I am so saddened to learn of her passing. I enjoyed sitting on her front porch listening to her memories of days gone by. Much love and hugs to Pammy and Tammy and the rest of the family. I am blessed to have gotten to know her even if only for a short time.

    Reply
  3. Noree Hunt

    Doris was a very special person! She will be missed. No one else can truly feel the sorry that you bear. I pray the Lord will comfort you and your family!

    Reply
  4. keydorothy758@gmail.com

    Mrs.Doris a wonderful lady full of love and just a beautiful lady. She will always be a blessing in my life I am so grateful I had the blessings of her present in my life what a queen for life love you my queen. I will never forget you. Blessings and love to the family.

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  5. Beth (Williams) Pickert-Brannon

    Doris Sanders was a amazing role model! I don’t if she even realized just how many young women looked up to her. Fred and Doris became family back in 1986 when Fred became my father’s sponsor (Howard W) and my mother (Phyllis W)attended Al-anon with Doris. The impact these 2 beautiful people made ,and the memories shared will live on in my heart and the hearts of so many others. My prayers are with the Sanders children and grandchildren. Doris is now safe in the arms of Jesus. We Love you dearly Doris. Until we meet again

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  6. Becky Patterson

    Pam. I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Your family is in my prayers

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  7. Becky Patterson

    Pam, I am so very sorry to hear of your mothers passing .You and your family will be in my prayers…..

    Reply
  8. Holly Smith

    Doris, Fred, Jacie W. and I were all riding back from a meeting. We were talking about our past lives, 3 alcoholics versus Doris the Alanon. Doris was talking and laughing about some of what she went through, and it just blew me away. If I had been Doris, I’d have had to at the very least divorced him. I’d have gotten rid of me, for that matter! But Doris just sat there laughing and talking about how she used to go get Fred more alcohol, and go get him. Then he finally got sober! She was a saint!!!! I’m sure she’s fixing the gardens up in Heaven right now, adding water features and beautiful flowers. I love you Doris Sanders!

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  9. jerry reese

    Prayers for your family Crispen !!

    Reply

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9 Comments

  1. Lugenia Storey

    So sorry to hear of Doris passing
    A wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.
    I always enjoyed her every year in April.

    Reply
  2. Carolyn Y Binger

    I am so saddened to learn of her passing. I enjoyed sitting on her front porch listening to her memories of days gone by. Much love and hugs to Pammy and Tammy and the rest of the family. I am blessed to have gotten to know her even if only for a short time.

    Reply
  3. Noree Hunt

    Doris was a very special person! She will be missed. No one else can truly feel the sorry that you bear. I pray the Lord will comfort you and your family!

    Reply
  4. keydorothy758@gmail.com

    Mrs.Doris a wonderful lady full of love and just a beautiful lady. She will always be a blessing in my life I am so grateful I had the blessings of her present in my life what a queen for life love you my queen. I will never forget you. Blessings and love to the family.

    Reply
  5. Beth (Williams) Pickert-Brannon

    Doris Sanders was a amazing role model! I don’t if she even realized just how many young women looked up to her. Fred and Doris became family back in 1986 when Fred became my father’s sponsor (Howard W) and my mother (Phyllis W)attended Al-anon with Doris. The impact these 2 beautiful people made ,and the memories shared will live on in my heart and the hearts of so many others. My prayers are with the Sanders children and grandchildren. Doris is now safe in the arms of Jesus. We Love you dearly Doris. Until we meet again

    Reply
  6. Becky Patterson

    Pam. I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Your family is in my prayers

    Reply
  7. Becky Patterson

    Pam, I am so very sorry to hear of your mothers passing .You and your family will be in my prayers…..

    Reply
  8. Holly Smith

    Doris, Fred, Jacie W. and I were all riding back from a meeting. We were talking about our past lives, 3 alcoholics versus Doris the Alanon. Doris was talking and laughing about some of what she went through, and it just blew me away. If I had been Doris, I’d have had to at the very least divorced him. I’d have gotten rid of me, for that matter! But Doris just sat there laughing and talking about how she used to go get Fred more alcohol, and go get him. Then he finally got sober! She was a saint!!!! I’m sure she’s fixing the gardens up in Heaven right now, adding water features and beautiful flowers. I love you Doris Sanders!

    Reply
  9. jerry reese

    Prayers for your family Crispen !!

    Reply

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