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Kristen Marie Sanders

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Kristen Marie Sanders, age 25, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on May 13, 2020 in Goodyear, AZ. She was born October 27, 1994 in Silver City, NM to Darren and Leslie Sanders, Sr.

From the day she was born, she had a caring heart and a free spirit. Always craving the love and acceptance that she so willingly gave to others. She was impressionable, spunky, full of energy and charisma. Her petite stature, often misleading and underestimated as she was fearless and often fiercely competitive. She loved her sports, playing volleyball, basketball, and softball as a youth and continuing through high school. Her fearlessness always on full display with every dig, defensive charge, and head-first slide that would make any girl dad & coach proud – namely her dad.

As she grew older, she developed a passion and love of the arts – music, dance, art, theater, poetry, & song writing were all her favorite things and she provided an abundance of highly entertaining Instagram and TIK TOK videos that are truly unforgettable and worth the price of admission. Incorporating “her babies” (niece, nephews, & dogs) made for the best of the best of these videos, and she loved them hard and hugged them even harder. She loved Anime and Cosplay and her favorite holiday was Halloween Week…..yes, she generally made a full week of the holiday. She was a stage-5 binge watcher and could recall and recite movie quotes at the drop of a hat. She loved playing video games, late nights playing Overwatch, loving on her dogs – Lexi and Guinness, changing her hair, and generally hanging out with friends and family outside playing beer pong, washers, cornhole, and acting crazy to her favorite tunes.

Kristen was a little bit of crazy, a little bit of loud and a whole lot of love. She had a beauty that eyes could not deny, and her soul has a beauty that hearts can’t help but feel. She was one of the rare ones, so effortlessly herself that she became infectious. Her laugh made you laugh, and she was funny. Kristen was not ashamed to be different. She embraced the light and the voice that made her stand out to people. She was a bit of childhood that could never be lost, creating memories that will withstand time. She will be truly missed.

Kristen is survived by her parents, Darren Sanders, Sr. and Leslie Sanders; sister, Samantha Sanders; brothers, Darren Sanders, Jr. and Jason Sanders; nieces and nephews, Aubrianna Sanders, Brody Stanley, Jax Stanley, Jeremiah Sanders; grandparents, Fred Sanders, Sr., Billie Sanders, Alex Mitchell, Sr., Lucy Mitchell; aunts and uncles, Fred and Mary Sanders, Duane Sanders and Terri Andazola, Frank and Monica Ogas, Erik Sanders, Betty Mitchell, Alex and Sandy Mitchell, Matt and Sylvia White, Andy and Suzanne Obregon.

Visitations will be from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 21st and 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Friday, May 22nd at Thompson Funeral Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday May 22nd at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will follow at 12:00 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392.

31 Comments on “Kristen Marie Sanders

  1. My heartfelt condolences to your family. It is an honor to serve you.

  2. From Joshua, Ginna and Tracy Medrano. Our special, sweet, sensitive, creative, funny and loving girl- our hearts are hurting, our spirits saddened and our world now empty. We love you, as we always have and always will. Give kisses to our Caya and know you were always perfect, always accepted and always loved.

  3. With heartfelt and sincere condolences brother. My heart is with you and your family during this time.

  4. This still feels unreal. You were SO bubbly and a ball full of energy. Your smile & laughter were contagious. YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT! Can’t express that enough. I’ll be singing “same girl” til I see you again! Screaming I love you & miss you until I hug you again❤️

  5. Our Deepest Condolences Darren, Leslie, and to the entire family. I know that our words cannot help or comfort your aching soul right now, I know that, especially when it’s your child. But know that We are here for all of you and that We love you guys so very much. May Kristen be in our Lords arms and Resting in Peace. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you the strength and comfort that is needed to all of you. We love you!

  6. I am so sorry for you loss. Me and my family will be praying for you and your entire family.
    Jamey & Kristy Smith Family.

  7. There are no words to describe how sorry we are for your loss. Hear the words we are not able to speak. Peace, Prayers and Blessings.

  8. May your beautiful soul rest in peace Kristen . Your smile and laugh was so contagious you were the true definition of beautiful inside and out you will forever be missed and your memory will live on forever <3.
    I love you and miss you very much 🙁

    Fly with the angels pretty girl<3

  9. Kristen was & is an amazing strong beautiful woman full of positive fun energy & vibes! We her friends really miss her & love her with all our hearts! Hanged out & talked to Kristen not that long ago 9 days I believe her energy & vibe also the advice she gave me that night meant everything wish I could’ve talked to her more really miss her! Shes an amazing woman

  10. My heartfelt condolences to Darren, Leslie and your families. I’m so sorry and will be praying for all. Hugs and love.

  11. So very sorry for your family’s loss, prayers, peace, strength to you all, may your beautiful angel rest in peace and her memory remain forever in your hearts.

  12. “But know this; the ones that love us never really leave us.”
    -Sirius Black
    My cousin… I’m sure you’d laugh with me for being a nerd even now, but you’d also understand. I think that despite our age difference, we are still pieces of the same funky cloth, and I love that, as I love you, and will miss you.

    “Always”

  13. Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to your family from our family.
    May the Holy Spirit Comfort you all during this difficult time.
    Juanita Dominguez and children Maria, Johnny, Mike, Luis and Sylvia y familia

  14. Mis condolencias para los papás y para mi primo Freddie y Billie y toda la familia siento en el Alma no poder acompañarlos pero me enteré en este moment que estoy inscribiendo mi más sentido pésame Dios este con ustedes

  15. Our Sincerest Condolences to All the Family Sanders/Mitchell. Darren and Leslie, Our Hearts Ache for you! Our Love, Thoughts and Prayers are with You All! God be with You! …..Our Love, Antoinette, Bob & Jonathan Brown, Morenci Family, MHS Class 2013❤🙏❤

  16. Sorry for your loss. Praying comfort and sweet memories sustain you.

  17. Leslie, Darren, and family,
    Our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with each one of you. May your beautiful memories carry you through this difficult time. God’s strength, comfort, and blessings be with you always.
    Love you,
    Uncle Tony and Kathy

  18. Our deepest condolences to my Nephew Darren and to my niece Leslie there’s no words that I can say to take your great pain away we just wanted to say how sorry we are for your great loss. And to my beautiful niece Kristen Marie Sanders may our Lord hold you close in his arms and may you rest in peace baby girl. We’ll always Love you and we’re going to miss you so very much.

  19. Our condolences to the Sanders and Mitchell family. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers. Kristen was a beautiful young lady with beautiful smile

  20. Darren, Leslie and Family,
    We are so sorry we cannot be with you right now. We are with you in spirit and you are all in our prayers. “Those we love will always be with us. They will always be in our minds and in our hearts.”
    Love, Grace and Ashwani

  21. My heartfelt condolences to your family. Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs. 💗

  22. My heart felt condolences. Rest in peace beautiful Kristen Marie.🙏

  23. Kristen was such a special person inside and out. I remember when we played softball together and when our team was down, we would all be frustrated but not Kristen. No one could ever feel like they lost when she was around. My mom loved her so much. Her chants from the dig out made us want to be better. She was an amazing friend to me and others. Though she probably never knew, she made such a big impact on me when I moved to Desert Edge. She made me feel welcome when I felt like I didn’t fit in. She made me feel like I wasn’t alone. I only wish that we had stayed in contact after graduation. My prayers go out to her and her family during this difficult time. Thank you for bringing Kristen into my life and making her the beautiful soul she was.

  24. Our heartfelt condolences to your family. You have such a beautiful strong and loving family.

    Kristen was such a beautiful person with an amazing soul. We are so grateful to have had her in our lives. We absolutely fell in love with her the first time Niko brought her home. She brought laughter and happiness to all of us. She’s truly one of a kind that left an impression that will be with us for a lifetime.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to know and love Kristen.

    José and Lesette García

  25. My deepest condolences to you and your family you are in my prayers as is Kristen

  26. My family sends our deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter Kristen. She will always be in our thoughts and prayers as well as all your family. She is now your special angel in Heaven.

  27. Leslie, Darren, and family,
    Our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with each one of you. May your beautiful memories carry you through this most difficult time. God’s blessings, strength, and comfort be with you always.

    Uncle Tony & Kathy

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