Dorothy Lee Wade, 74, of Mount Vernon, Illinois went to be with her Lord and Savior at 6:25 am on December 16, 2021 at White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Dorothy was the second born child to the union of Hattie Anderson-Sanders and Will Sanders in Marks, Mississippi on November 21, 1947.
Her family moved to Mount Vernon, Illinois in 1953 where Dorothy attended Washington Grade School, which was an all-black school in those days.
She accepted the Lord as her personal Savior at a very early age under the spiritual guidance Reverend Robertson, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where she remained a member until her health started failing her.
Dorothy also attended Casey Junior High School as well as graduating from Mount Vernon Township High School in 1965.
She furthered her education by attending Rend Lake College where she received her LPN License/Degree in 1970.
Dorothy worked at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois for well over “45” years, where she helped to train and mentor countless nurses to the operation and procedures of patient care and protocol.
Over her “45” year tenure she was known for her straight forward approach to getting anyone told in a way that they would know exactly what she meant!
Dorothy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Matilda and Frank Anderson, Lucy and William Sanders; parents, Hattie and Will Sanders; first husband, Nathaniel Jones, and they conceived one son, Nathaniel Jones Jr (Bug G) who also preceded her in death; brothers, Willie James Anderson, Tommie Lee Sanders Easker Lee Sanders; grandson, Devon Thrailkill; niece, Kimberly Anderson; nephews, Bart Gladney, Curtis Sanders, Xavier Woods; great-niece, Sierra Disroe.
Dorothy later married Larry Wade and they conceived one son, Michael Dewayne Wade, a son whom she leaves to mourn her precious memory.
She is survived by brothers, Frank Sanders (Joanne Maines), Edward Sanders, Will Sanders (Leesa Briscoe); sisters, Irean Spells (Douglas Spells), Linda Sanders, Judy Woods; son, Dewayne Wade; grandsons, Dontay Thrailkill, Damien Thrailkill, Derrick Thrailkill, Jayse Wade, Drew Wade; granddaughters, Nasha Collins, Kaylie Jones, Kirsten Jones, MaKenzie Jones, Keanna Jones, Mikayla Wade, Aubrie Wade; ten great-grandkids; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
But truth be told the largest family members that will mourn her presence all come from her FRIENDS at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital during her 45 years working.
The family of Dorothy Wade wants to “Thank” each and everyone at the hospital that showed her so much love and friendship during her time there.
A Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois.
Call Newell Funeral Home at 618-246-0100 or visit newellfuneralhome.com for further information.