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Eileen Marie (Montgomery) Sanders
September 12, 1937 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
Eileen Marie Montgomery Sanders, 86, of Salem, Ohio, completed her journey to Heaven on Saturday, January 27, 2024. She was born September 12, 1937, in Shoals, Indiana to Wayne and Beulah (Abel) Montgomery. Eileen attended and graduated from Shoals Community School. Her parents taught her, by example, to dedicate her life in service to God. Her father started Old Path’s Tract Society, and the children worked after school, along with their parents, printing and mailing out tracts. In her teenage years, she felt the call of God to serve in Haiti as a missionary. Therefore, she went to God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio and obtained a Christian Workers Course diploma in 1957, and an LPN degree in 1958. On May 31, 1958, she married Wayne Leroy Sanders. That November they began their missionary service in Haiti with the Immanuel Missionary Church. Five years later, in 1963, political unrest caused them to return to the United States. She and her husband again worked at Old Paths Tract Society where she was involved in proofreading. New doors opened for a return to missionary service in 1967. With four children, the family traveled by ship to Eritrea in eastern Africa under Evangelistic Faith Missions. For five years, along with her missionary labors, she home-schooled and studied the difficult Tigrinya language.
Returning to Indiana, she spent another two years proof reading for the print shop. In God’s timing, work in Haiti once again opened, this time with Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Missions. Her greatest joys during those years of labor were in doing clinic work and teaching piano, organ, and guitar using a number method that she developed. Eileen wrote out the songs in the Creole hymnal using this numbering system and spent countless hours training musicians to play instruments in each of the churches . She became a pioneer in computer work for the mission field, developing programs for financial and school records, and continued to do this work well after retirement. She also did payroll, kept the mission finances, and managed the schools which involved over 1,500 students. The challenge of developing school enrollment systems and government reporting systems intrigued her greatly. Still she found time to graciously entertain her fellow missionaries weekly.
In addition to serving in Haiti, Eileen was pastor’s wife at the Falconer Immanuel, Sarver, and Middlefield Wesleyan Methodist Churches.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and six of her seven siblings.
Eileen is survived by her four children, Iona Kay (and Timothy) White of Brown City, Michigan, Victor Wayne (and Ruth) Sanders of Salem, Ohio, Darlene Lynette (and Timothy) Young of Salem, Ohio and Connie Lou Sanders of Alberton, Montana; one brother Robert Montgomery, two sister-in-laws, as well as eight grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.
Service will be held at 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the Salem Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1095 Newgarden Ave., Salem, Ohio, with Pastor Stanley Grabill officiating. Visiting hours precede the service beginning at 3:30 to 5:00 pm.
Arrangements were lovingly made by Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services of Salem.