Mary Lynda Sanders, 74, died on April 19, 2021, at her home in Uhland, Texas. She was born on October 16, 1946 in Pearsall to Charles Lynn Carroll Sr. and Marjorie Marie (Neal) Carroll.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charles Lynn Carroll Jr. and Robert Andrew Carroll (Jerry) and her great granddaughter Olivia Grace Rodriguez.
Mary Lynda is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Allan Ray Sanders, daughter Jessica Rodriguez Leyendecker (Leonard), grandson Ruben Allan Rodriguez (Marisol), step-grandsons Justin Leyendecker (Alicia), Todd Leyendecker (Abbie), numerous step-great-grandchildren, sister Virginia Kay Moeller (James), brother Mike Carroll, as well as her nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.
The eldest child of five, two girls and three boys, Mary Lynda was raised on the family ranch in Dilley. She attended Dilley ISD through her entire education and after graduating high school in 1965, she attended two years of college at Southwest Texas State in Uvalde. Her career began as a teacher’s aide for DISD for two years, before meeting her future husband, Allan Ray Sanders and moving to Austin.
In 1969, she began a 33 1/2-year career at the Industrial Accident Board, now TWCC, in Austin, then in Dallas for seven years before returning back to Austin where she retired in 2002.
A devout Catholic, she started attending St. Ignatius Catholic Church in 1993 and became a Catholic Daughter in 1994, serving on the Pastoral Council, was a part of Small Christian Communities, as well as working at the food pantry from 2002-2012. After her husband retired, the couple traveled throughout the country.
Flowers and plants are welcome but donations can be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dilley.
Funeral service and burial will take place on May 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dilley. Reception will be held at First United Methodist Church.