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“I was greatly saddened to hear of Carol's death. Carol and I were good friends in high school but lost touch once we started college. I remember...Read More »
1 of 46 | Posted by: Gretchen Krecklow Mallegni - IL

“To Carol's Family- I worked with Carol through her Boeing position. She was a wonderful person, an exemplary manager and pleasure to know. She...Read More »
2 of 46 | Posted by: Cindy Conger - Pax River, MD

“Dave, We are so sorry to hear about Carol. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayer's. With our deepest sympathy, Jeff &...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: Jeff & Debbie Burrows - Defiance, MO

“Dave, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Although I’ve known you for only a short time, it is clear how precious...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Mike Perry - Plymouth, MN

“Dave, I still haven't come up with words that are worthy of the loss you feel. The way you affectionately spoke of Carol and comments of others...Read More »
5 of 46 | Posted by: Stu Bernard - Cedar, MN

“I will greatly miss Carol. She was a wonderful person and friend. She offered me a lot of help and insight over the years, both when we worked...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: Tom Myler - St. Louis, MO

“Dave, Carol was such a delight to work with on baskets. She came to our school and shared her talents with some of the teachers in the evening. ...Read More »
7 of 46 | Posted by: Jean Martin - Maryland Heights, MO

“Dave, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. With all the many different things Carol did in her life, there will many rich memories to comfort you...Read More »
8 of 46 | Posted by: Bob Bell - Chesterfield, MO

“Carol will be missed. The short time I had the privilege to work with her she left a memorable impression. My thoughts and prayers are with her...Read More »
9 of 46 | Posted by: Milva Finnegan - St.Louis, MO

“My deepest sympathy to the family of Carol. Everyone here at Whidbey Island who knew her share your sorrow. ”
10 of 46 | Posted by: James Fuller - Panama City, FL

“It was a joy working with Carol. She was an excellent professional and very decent person who brightened everyone's day. I am sure many people will...Read More »
11 of 46 | Posted by: Trent Duff - WARRENTON, MO

“Such a great loss for all who knew her. Carol was such a wonderful light in this world - an encouragement to me, both personally and professionally...Read More »
12 of 46 | Posted by: Judy Sparger - St Louis, MO

“Dave, Carol was a kind and gentle soul that was eager with a smile and always made you feel like "family". She will live on in our hearts and...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: John and Maryanne Holzbauer - MO

“My sincere condolences. Carol was a wonderful lady and a terrific person to work for. We all will miss her playful ribbing, vibrant laughter, and...Read More »
14 of 46 | Posted by: Tom Butryn - O'Fallon, MO

“Dave, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember the good time I had at your house with you and Carol and the other Boeing...Read More »
15 of 46 | Posted by: Doug Winkler - St. Louis, MO

“Dear David, I was just getting to know Carol and really enjoyed talking with her, especially about basketry and the natural fibers she used. Her...Read More »
16 of 46 | Posted by: Pat Moritz - Florissant, MO

“Dave, I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep in my thoughts and prayer. Ray Clyde ”
17 of 46 | Posted by: Ray Clyde - Columbia, IL

“Dave, I worked with Carol for a very short time but she left a lasting impression on me. We talked about our creative outlets from work, my...Read More »
18 of 46 | Posted by: Patricia Wolf - St. Charles, MO

“Dave, We are very sorry for your tragic loss. Although we have not met Carol (we don't get back to the St. Louis area very often), she sounds like a...Read More »
19 of 46 | Posted by: George & Carol Asher - Marshfield, WI

“Dave, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. ”
20 of 46 | Posted by: Steve Vukelich - St. Charles, MO

“Worked with Carol from the beginning of her career at McDonnell Douglas in the labs, to the end in Training Systems. We were friends, along with...Read More »
21 of 46 | Posted by: Lance Philip Strugar - St. Louis, MO

“As many know, Carol was an intelligent caring person. I thought of Carol as a kindred spirit due to our love of nature, our husbands, our dogs, our...Read More »
22 of 46 | Posted by: Cammi Mock - St. Louis, MO

“Dave, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. ”
23 of 46 | Posted by: Sandr Albers - St. Charles, MO

“Dave, I just heard the terrible news about Carol today. I wish I could see you Monday. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Kevin Lynch ”
24 of 46 | Posted by: Kevin Lynch

“Dave, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I knew Carol for about 7 years, after working together a while back we became friends. I admire...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: Terri Clifton - St. Charles, MO

“Dave: I am the basketweaver who went to Camp Tuck-A-Basket (in Illinois) with Carol last fall. I am not sure when we first met but we both taught...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Marsha Foster - DeSoto, MO

“I will miss Carol and her sister, Laurel's visits to our farm/gardens/studio this summer. ”
27 of 46 | Posted by: Mary Jackl - WI

“At first it felt like a light had gone out when I heard about Carol's passing. Her bubbly enthusiasm and positive spirit made all our activities fun...Read More »
28 of 46 | Posted by: Pat White - Chesterfield, MO

“Dave, Bobbie and I are absolutely heartbroken. It is not possible to capture what a wonderful and special person Carol was or how she enriched our...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: John and Bobbie Tracy - Kirkwood, MO

“David, Our hearts, love and prayers are with you. The life that you have shared with Carol has been a blessing and an inspiration to your family...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: Aunt Carolyn - Glencoe, MO

“Carol and I met while attending a basketweaving class at John Campbell Folk School. It was like we were sisters we had so much in common. We laughed...Read More »
31 of 46 | Posted by: Lisa Johnson Mason - Stoneville, NC

“No words of my own suffice...I'll offer only these from Psalm 34 which have offered me solace... "the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves...Read More »
32 of 46 | Posted by: Gayla Mayhugh - Farmington, MO

“Sorry for your loss. We will miss her. Carol ”
33 of 46 | Posted by: carol Smith - MO

“I was just getting to know Carol through our basket weaving guild. I was impressed by her beautiful work and her willingness to help. She was a...Read More »
34 of 46 | Posted by: Paula Gulley - Florissant, MO

“My sincere condolences to Dave and other members of Carol's family in this time of loss. I had just met Carol in January at a guild meeting and was...Read More »
35 of 46 | Posted by: Leanne Nielsen - St. Louis, MO

“My deepest sympathy. Having only known Carol for 1 year, I am sure others know even better than I what an intelligent, talented, inspiring, friendly...Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Sandy Hertel - St. Peters, MO

“It is very rare that you meet someone like Carol. I took a basket making class with her in North Carolina last year. She was such a great basket...Read More »
37 of 46 | Posted by: Mary Beth Smith - Calabash, NC

“Dave, I am so saddened by Carol's loss. I just met her a few months ago, and she was such a great lady and fantastic weaver. Our next guild meeting...Read More »
38 of 46 | Posted by: Jan Milanowski - Cedar Hill, MO

“It was so hard to receive the sad news from David's Dad, Jack (on Wednesday morning, May 27th) that Carol had passed away. My husband was fishing...Read More »
39 of 46 | Posted by: Dan, Daisy & Annie Wallenmeyer - MN

“Carol's overflowing creativity and delight in the natural materials and tree barks for her baskets reminded me of a little kid at Christmas time. ...Read More »
40 of 46 | Posted by: Martha Younkin - Union, MO

“Dave, our deepest sympathy go out to you and Carols' family for your loss. Being neighbors we still never got to see much of each other because of...Read More »
41 of 46 | Posted by: Edward & Sue Ann Warzocha - MO

“A fun and enthusiastic weaver, Carol will be missed by all of her weaving friends in the MO Basketweavers Guild. Our sincere sympathy to Dave and...Read More »
42 of 46 | Posted by: Mona Hartzler - Grandview, MO

“Carol was a great lady and a wonderful person. I've enjoyed the Boeing Ladies Night Out dinners we shared over the years and the times we've worked...Read More »
43 of 46 | Posted by: Kathy Greifzu - St. Charles, MO

“My deepest sympathies on your loss. I know words can not help your heart much, but please know that you have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and...Read More »
44 of 46 | Posted by: Tim Therrien - St. Charles, MO

“No words can express such a loss, may GOD keep your family strong. I'll miss you and cherish my fond memories of the times we shared. Thanks for...Read More »
45 of 46 | Posted by: Christine Brumfield - MO

“Carol was a special person and left a special memory with everyone she met. She wanted to share the art of basket making and enjoyed weaving with...Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: Michelle Senn - OFallon, MO


Memorials may be made to The Nature Conservancy 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 (www.nature.org) or conservation organization of your choice. In recent years, when the deer on the Sanders' mid-Missouri farm shed their antlers each spring, Carol Sanders was delighted: She had more handles for the natural fiber baskets that she meticulously created. She had planned, one day, to become a full-time natural fiber artist, creating beautiful baskets. Those plans were cut short when Mrs. Sanders was killed in an automobile accident on her way home from her day job as an engineering manager on May 26. She was 50. A pianist and a painter, Mrs. Sanders had always been an artist at heart, and had recently sought a new outlet that combined her creative talents and her love of nature. She decided to become a natural fiber artist, a basket-maker who uses nature's diverse materials. Because she wanted to be very good at what she was doing, she sought help from professionals who were skilled in the ancient art. She started with a class from Karen Zane, an Indianapolis-based artist who specializes in antler baskets. Subsequently, she studied under Joan Stoneham at John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, where she learned more about incorporating natural elements into basket design. Mrs. Sanders also worked with Martha Younkin, a Union, Mo.-based artist who eschews most conventional materials in favor of natural fibers. "I taught Carol how to use the bark of trees and leaves, and rattlesnake master (a prairie plant appreciated for its strength, sheen and permanent greenish color)," said Younkin. "Carol came over and started learning the bark and she was just absolutely delighted with it. She loved playing with it and learning all kinds of things. Her creativity took off." Younkin, who honed her techniques by researching Native American basket-making, noted that Mrs. Sanders was a quick study. "I've been doing this for about 25 years, and she was just two steps behind me," Younkin laughed. By 2007, Mrs. Sanders had become adept enough to start Prairie Spirit Baskets, which her website notes was inspired by "the Midwest's beauty: forests, grasslands, birds, and animals." She didn't have to look very far for inspiration. In 2001, Carol and her husband, Dave, purchased a 260-acre farm in Moberly, Mo., and set about carefully nurturing the land to return it to its native state of tall grass prairie and oak savannah. They planted wild flowers and native prairie grass to replace fescue pastures and crop fields. They were rewarded with more quail and song bird populations – and plenty of wood and antlers for baskets. "My wife enjoyed hiking and doing prairie wildflower restoration on the farm," Dave Sanders said. "She was an extremely talented artist and extremely creative. She had the talent of someone with much more experience. She had designed and made more than 150 baskets." In a short time, Mrs. Sanders was teaching others: small classes of eight as well as giving individual instruction and conducting workshops. She encouraged other basketry artists to attend conferences, to study the many books on the subject and to challenge themselves to do more difficult projects. Mrs. Sanders, was looking forward to the day when she could dedicate herself full time to basketry. She wanted to open a public studio, as well as expand, again, her home studio in St. Charles, an area in which she and her husband had lived for 25 years. Mrs. Sanders, who was born Carol Funk on Dec. 3, 1958, in Alvin, Wis., graduated in 1983 from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Technology. Following college, she moved to the St. Louis area and began a career with McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). She joined Boeing as an electrical engineer, later becoming a software engineer and most recently served as an engineering manager. Boeing is where Carol Funk met David Sanders. The two worked together for more than 20 years, until he left to become an entrepreneur. "I saw a postcard of a beautiful, scenic area on her wall, and I stopped and asked where it was from (it was taken in Eagle River, Wis., near her home town)," Dave said. "It turned out that we both had a love of the great outdoors." "Later, she saw me in the snack bar buying a Hostess apple pie; the next day, she brought in a real apple pie for me; she felt sorry for me eating that processed food," Dave laughed. The Sanders were married in 1985. Mrs. Sanders was one of two women killed Tuesday afternoon in a crash at the intersection of Lindbergh Boulevard and Missouri Bottom Road. Mrs. Sanders was preceded in death by her father, Chester Funk. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Sanders is survived by her mother, Janice (nee: Huff) of Eagle River, Wis.; her sisters and their husbands: Luanne and Gary Baker of Norway, Mich., Laurel and Ken Anderson of Eagle River, Wis., and Jane and Dan Tipler of Alvin, Wis. She is also survived by her English Setter, Lucy, who sports a collar engraved with Mrs. Sander's abiding philosophy: Life is good. Mrs. Sander's website can be accessed at www.prairiespiritbaskets.com Story by Gloria S. Ross Reprinted from the St. Louis Beacon: www.stlbeacon.org