PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Kathryn McKay Sanders, five months, died unexpectedly Aug. 2, 2007 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
She was born Feb. 21, 2007, in Fort Walton Beach, to John and Jan Sanders.
Kathryn is survived by her parents; two sisters, Caroline Sanders and Julia Sanders; one brother, Sterling Sanders; and grandparents, Donald Eugene and Donna Jean Sanders of Florida and Otto and Jan Hildebrand of Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, C. Edward Felker III of Missouri.
Kathryn was an angel in her home, blessing the lives of her father, mother, sisters, and brother. Friends and family knew that to her siblings Kathryn was like a beautiful little baby doll, cherished and loved in every possible way. In her they discovered the beauty of being an older sister or brother. They loved holding her and entertaining her. Making Kathryn smile rewarded them beyond words. Caroline was always quick to set up play areas for Kathryn and to help with her daily stretching and therapy. Julia got ready early in the mornings just for the chance to help with Kathryn and to be able to hold her. Sterling never forgot his baby sister during his busy three-year-old-play. He reveled in stopping his playtime to tenderly kiss and love his sweet little sister.
For the family, Kathryn's short life blessed their home. Her sweet and pure spirit graced the home, and the family showered her with their love. For mother and father, Kathryn was a daily gift. Dad enjoyed holding her and having quiet moments of the morning to peek in at his little blue-eyed, blonde daughter's head bobbing in the crib. Mom treasured the extended time she had holding her little angel, always asking a blessing on her life. Kathryn's precious smiling face, so happy, so pleasant and so peaceful, will always be a treasured memory in the Sanders' home, where her life gave them a bit of heaven on earth.
Visitation is from 9 a.m. until time of services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Burial will follow at Forrest Hills Cemetery in Morley.