Shelba J. Sanderson

June 23, 1958 ‒ September 29, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Shelba J. Sanderson, age 62, of Marion, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at Riverside Methodist Hospital following complications from heart surgery.

On June 23, 1958, Shelba was born in Galion, Ohio, the fourth of six children of Lauranel M. (Richards) McQuistion and the late Paul E. McQuistion.  She was raised in the Marion First Church of the Nazarene and graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1976.

In October of 1976, Shelba met her future husband, Terry L. Sanderson, at a going away party for a mutual friend leaving for the US Air Force.  A year later they were married on October 15, 1977, shortly after Terry also joined the US Air Force.  They shared a 44 year love affair and nearly 43 wonderful years of marriage, and lovingly raised one daughter, Christina.

Shelba never thought about herself, “Family was everything to Shelba.”  She traveled the world in support of her husband, Terry, for his service to the country.  Their favorite stop on their journey, by far and away, was Germany.  They truly loved every minute of their three and a half years there.

Upon Terry’s retirement from the Air Force, Shelba wanted to return to their hometown of Marion to be there for her family.  She overflowed with love for her family, and cherished every moment they spent together.  Everything she did was for them, especially her daughter and grandchildren.  She also will be remembered for her very strong will.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Terry L. Sanderson; special daughter, Christina Taylor; two precious grandchildren: Joshua Lee and Kayla Marie Taylor; mother, Lauranel McQuistion; two siblings: Sheryl “Missy” (Roger) Martin, and Steve (Vickie) McQuistion; two brothers-in-law: Steve Long, and Randy Toombs; numerous nieces and nephews; father-in-law, Rev. Ronald Sanderson; and her favorite canine companion, Brutus Buckeye.

Including her father, Shelba was preceded in death by three siblings: Sheila Long, Stanley McQuistion, and Sharon Toombs; and mother-in-law, Linda Sanderson.

Her family will greet friends from 3 – 6 pm on Friday, October 2, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring her life will follow there at 6 pm, with Minister Russell Howard officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society ( or to the American Diabetes Association (

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Shelba’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Terry I am so sorry for your loss. Shelba was such a wonderful person I remember her coming to the Medco Christmas parties and her just being so much fun. Prayers for you and Your daughter.

    • Thank you. I remember one of those parties in particular where Shelba showed her mischievous side and convinced all of you to take the center pieces.

  • Terry, my heart goes out to you and your family. Just know I am here for you to lean on or talk to any time you need.

  • Terry,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know that heaven became a little sweeter. Praying for the Lord above to console you during this time. May God bless your dear family.

    Pastor David Rush
    Fairpark Community Baptist Church

  • I am so sorry for your loss Terry, Christina, Josh and Kayla. I love you all. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. My family and I are sending thoughts and prayers of comfort to you and your family. God bless.

  • Terry I am so very sorry to hear this, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, may she be in a better place and at home now.

  • So sorry Terry for your loss. I know how much you loved her. I know she will always be in your heart.Prayers for you and the family.

    • Thank you. You are so right. I loved her with every fiber of my being. She will never leave my heart.

  • So sorry Terry to hear of your wife’s passing. Keeping you and your family in thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

  • Terry my sincerest condolences for your incredible loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  • Terry, we are so sorry for your loss! We watched the video of the wonderful life you all shared together. There is no doubt she had a amazing life. We are deeply sorry for the passing of your best friend! Our prayers are with you and your family!

    • Thank you. You are right, she was my best friend and I will miss her every minute of every day for the rest of my life.

  • Terry, my deepest condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in the love you shared with Shelba and rejoice in the memories you made together. You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Shelba was such a kind and sweet person, and will always be remembered.

  • Terry, So sorry to hear the sad news. May beautiful memories comfort you during this time of sorrow. With deepest sympathy.