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Corene Mills (Toohey) Sanders
Corene passed away June 2, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House. She was born January 21, 1937 in Fort Scott, KS to Fred and Sylvia Mills. She married William H Toohey, Jr. in April 1958. Of that marriage had three daughters, Janet Toohey, Kansas City, MO, Sally Wingo, Nevada, MO and Tricia Wynd, Chesterfield, MO. She married Fred Sanders in 1989.
She graduated from Ft. Scott High School in 1955. After graduation, she moved to Kansas City to open the Zurich Insurance claim center. She proceeded to work at Magazine & Lerner CPA firm for 19 years, Kansas City School District for 10 years and retired in 2006 from St. Luke’s Health Systems Corporate office. She was a life time member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a member of the Olive Chapter of Eastern Star. She enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, needle point and life in general. She was also a volunteer for various charities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred & Sylvia Mills and one Brother, Fredric Mills. She is survived by her three daughters, a sister, Betty Mills Mendelsohn of Omak, WA, a Brother, Larry D Mills of Tinley Park, IL and five grandchildren.
Per Corene’s request, there will be no services, Cremation. The family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association, Kansas City Hospice House or the Humane Society.
Pat Watson says
I will miss, but never forget Corene, my friend and classmate. I always enjoyed being in her presence, talking with her, and listening to her laugh. She was a joy to be with. May she rest in God’s hand for all eternity.
Pat Watson, Class of ’55
Sue Spears Wilson says
I am so sorry to hear of Corene’s passing. I enjoyed her company in school, at the reunions and on the many emails we exchanged. I had no idea she was so ill.She never complained that I knew of.
I’m sure you children have many wonderful memories. If you have time, I would love to see a picture of you children and hear about your lives. Sincerely, Sue ( the picture of Corene is wonderful!)
Anna Marie Cooney Odneal says
Dear family, I’m sure your mother was wonderful and good friend to many including myself at FSHS. Sincerely, Anna Marie Cooney Odeal
Contact me at Sue’s email and she will pass it on.
Mary Watson says
My deepest sympathies to you and your sisters and of course the rest of your family. You know how fond I was of your mother and how much I’ll miss visiting with her. She was one spunky Lady and will truly be missed. Know I’m thinking of you and will be in touch.
God bless you sweetie & take care.
Love & hugs,
Leah And Fred Newcomb says
My Dear Janet, there simply are no words to tell you how deeply we loved your mother and how much we will miss her. Please know that she will always be in our fondest memories.
Now, darlin, I do not want to loose track of you we must stay close.
Fred and Leah Newcomb With Love
Jack Jaro says
Your Mom was a good friend and class mate, “55”. My sincerest sympathies to your family at this time of grief.
Kim Queisert-Walker says
My heart breaks for the loss of my friend and former coworker. She always brought a smile to my face and what a joy she was to be around. She was one classy lady and there will never be another one like her.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
Sue Bender says
My prayers and thoughts are with you – I remember what a difficult time this can be and I wanted you to know Janet and Family how very sorry I am for your loss. It is a time that we just simply are not properly prepared. If you need anything, even a shoulder, please know and please know that mine is always here for you!
Arlene and Louis Stanley says
Corene and I were born in the same month, only 6 days apart, and we became friends as tots in the Sunday School class at First Baptist Church in Ft. Scott. My husband, Louis, went to grade school with her at Eugene Ware. So she has been a lifelong friend and inspiration to us. She will be keenly missed by all who knew her, and especially by her classmates in the Ft. Scott High School Class of 1955. She devoted much of her time and energy to planning for and helping out with our class reunions from the first one to the most recent one. Our prayerful thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with her loved ones. She will always be remembered for her bright smile, enthusiasm and a truly good heart.
Bill Smith says
I have many fond memories of Corene and the happy times we shared as classmates at Eugene Ware and later at Junior High and High School. My prayers and thoughts are with her family and I know that she is now and forever in God’s loving arms.
Gary and Beverly Ange says
We are so very sorry for your loss. Corene was a wonderful friend and classmate at Fort Scott High School. I always loved her bright beautiful friendly smile. We will miss her more than you know.
Janet Fitzgerald says
I know there is no worse time than the loss of your mother. Your mom was truly one of the most beautiful and caring human beings I have ever met. I am so blessed that I was able to spend time with with her in my high school years and again more recently. I learned many lessons through those years and through her most recent journey; I will walk through life with a bigger heart. I will be here for you every day, for as long as you need me my friend. I love you.
Tom & Susan Elliott says
Dear Janet: There are no words that can express the loss we feel with your Mother passing. Please know that she spoke of you as being so caring and helpful to her. You were truly a blessing to her. As others have mentioned, her smile and sense of humor will always be remembered. Thank you for all you did to help her. With love, Susan & Tom
Trish Caruso says
What a Lady! I worked with Corene for many years and we continued our friendship when she retired. We shared lots of stories and had many laughs. I loved my dear friend and will truely miss her. May you rest in peace, I will never forget you.
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Dwaynne Massey says
I was saddened to learn of Corene’s passing. I spent a lot of time out of town with my job. Corene was a great co-worker and very special friend. I will always have fond memories of her and Janet and their love of the Chiefs. My deepest condolences to the family.