Twila "Ty" Andersen Sanborn, 84, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013 at The Bay St. Joseph Nursing Home, Port St. Joe, Florida following a long illness.
Twila was born in Chester, PA on August 12, 1928 to Erling Andersen and Beatrice Stern Andersen.
She graduated from Media High School in 1946, and went on to earn her Nursing Degree at Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia. In 1950, she married William I. Sanborn of Swarthmore, PA. They relocated to Tampa, Florida in the late 60's. She was widowed in 1999 and moved to Port St. Joe.
Twila loved people and was always happiest when surrounded by family and friends.
She worked as a Registered Nurse until retiring in 1984, and remained passionate about nursing the rest of her life. She loved scrapbooking, geneology, the fellowship of her Long Avenue Baptist Church family, and her precious cats. She never knew an alternative to optimism existed, and saw only the good in every person she ever met.
Twila is preceded in death by her husband, William I. Sanborn, her son, Kenneth Michael Sanborn, and her parents.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sherri and Rod Dodsworth of Port St. Joe; daughter-in-law, Shirley Sanborn of Lake City, FL; her sister, Marjorie Osifat, of Aston, PA; a niece and nephew, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday at The Bridge at Bay St. Joseph. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of The Bridge at Bay St. Joseph for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Twila's name may be made to The St. Joe Humane Society, 1007 10th St., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 in support of their pet therapy program which brought her so much joy and comfort in her final years.