Mason Ana Sanders, 19 of Independence, MO passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Independence Stake Center, 705 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050 with burial to follow in Oak Ridge Memory Gardens. The Family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m., until service time at the church. Mason was born July 12, 2003 in Logan, Utah to Jace and Macaia Sanders. She grew up amongst four brothers: Danny, Micah, Porter, and Collin. Mason was smart and witty and she loved to read. You’d always see her within arm’s reach of at least four novels.
In school Mason participated in drama, choir, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball. She gave each her all. She was extremely competitive and when she’d set her mind to something she went at it fiercely. She was very artistic. She drew, sketched, painted, and photographed and wrote poetry. She loved to work and excelled in management and customer service. She was most recently employed as a General Manager for Andy’s Custard. Mason’s smile was contagious. Many of us were blessed to feel of her friendship and kindness. Her generosity and service happened quietly but constantly. She did not let an opportunity pass to help someone in need. She was quirky. She’d put lime on Takis and eat them with chopsticks., then try to beat you up if you made fun of her for it. She took time to enjoy people and experiences. Little, seemingly insignificant things, became moments of joy because she took the time. She danced in the rain. Her skills and ambition allowed her to purchase a house in Independence, MO, surpassing her personal goal to own a home before turning 20. She lived in this home with her boyfriend, someone she considered spending forever with, Ben Bowman, and her dog and cat. On April 22, 2023, not three months before her twentieth, she lost her life in a traffic accident on her way to work. In her final hours she made a video where, smiling, in love, she showed off her Ben pumping her gas after waking her up in the early hours to slow dance in their room and go for a drive. Though devastated at the pause in Mason’s life here on earth, we, her family, are comforted to know that death is not the end of things and that we will be blessed to be with Mason again. Until then we will remember her smile and try to share it with those around us. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600)