She was known to her family and friends as "Saunie.” For several months following her birth, she lived with her Aunt Billie, and they formed a bond that remained strong throughout her life. When Saundra was five months old, she was dedicated to the Lord on her first Christmas. Through the years, Saundra loved the Lord and always had a song in her heart. As a child she enjoyed going to Sunday school, praying every night, and she memorized several prayers. She had a wonderful sense of humor, which she demonstrated until the very end of her life.
Saundra attended Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington, California. Her first job was a Pips Restaurant where she worked as a waitress. At age 17, Saundra met John Seely Zemanek; the two were married on February 19, 1959 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Seven children were born to the couple; and in 1984 they retired to Southern Utah, making their home in Cedar City. Saundra worked as an institutional cook during most of her life. After moving to Cedar City, Saundra and John were sealed in the St. George Temple for all time and eternity.
Saundra spent her life in service to others, possessing an ability to easily forgive. She was a shining example of selflessness and unconditional love for all her family and friends. Saundra practiced charity and she was often the first to offer help when she saw a need.
Saundra leaves behind seven children: Caren Cantu (Robert), Carla McGavin (Gary), John Zemanek Jr. (Laurie), Frank Zemanek (Lorrie), Ron Zemanek, Lori Clark, and Leia Bryant, 23 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Stanley Wayne Elder (Dartelle) of Hemet, CA. Proceeding her in death was her husband, John Seely Zemanek Sr., and her sister, Virginia Garlene Elder.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 10:30 am at the Cedar City Cemetery, 745 N. Main Street, Cedar City, Utah. A reception will follow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2015 Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, Utah. Arrangements are made through the Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N. 300 W., Cedar City, Utah 84720.
A special thank you to the Relief Society of Sunbow Ward, for their generous help and service.
Selflessness – Faith - Unconditional Love