Sheila Margaret (Sanders) Anderson was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on February 24, 1943 to parents, Matthew and Cecilia Sanders. Sheila was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Matt Sanders; and nephew, Michael Sanders. She died on June 13, 2014 at a hospice center in Phoenix, Arizona just four months after joyfully celebrating her 70th birthday with her son, grandson, sister and brother-in-law.

Sheila grew up an active and curious child when, at the age of 12, she acquired Poliomyelitis. As a result, she was quarantined and dependent on an iron lung respirator for many months. In spite of that difficult ordeal, she was able to return home and attend school. Some of the best years of her life were those she spent at St. Edmond High School. After high school Sheila attended Ottumwa Heights University in Ottumwa, Iowa. She then married Bruce Anderson and together they had a son, Joseph Anderson. The family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota for a few years and then to Phoenix, Arizona where Sheila resided her entire adult life in her cherished neighborhood community. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, playing cards, reading, Vikings football, her Golden Retriever dogs and any opportunity she could find to make someone else’s life just a little bit more wonderful. One of her favorite strategies for giving compassionately was through her making and sharing of cookies.

Surviving Sheila are her: son, Joseph Anderson; grandson, Aaron Anderson; sister, Susan Jennings; sister-in-law, Sheri Sanders; nephews, John Sanders and Matthew Sanders; nieces Lee Ann Sanders, Jessica Jennings Cavens, Sarah Green, Emily Sanders, Brooke Sanders; brother-in-law, David Siple; and ex-husband and friend, Bruce Anderson. Also surviving Sheila are her numerous friends and neighbors, each and everyone as much family to her as those in her own immediate bloodline.

Per Sheila’s request, her family will host a memorial party in her neighborhood during the later part of August.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rocky Mountain Compassionate Communication Center (RMCCC), a non-profit organization devoted to the principles of nonviolence. Donations may be offered via the RMCCC website at