Aug. 6: Memorial for longtime Mote volunteer Virginia Sanders

Celebrate the life of Virginia Sanders during a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at Mote Marine Laboratory, where she volunteered for more than 30 years. The ceremony will take place in Mote's WAVE Center (formerly Sea Cinema) at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, Sarasota.

The ceremony will be organized by Virginia's daughter, Beth Brewer.

RSVP by July 6 by emailing (No phone calls, please.) Attendees are welcome to share their memories and stories during the ceremony; to do so, please include notice in your RSVP. 

Virginia passed away in April at age 93. During her longtime service to the southwest Florida community, she contributed in countless ways to Mote and also to the Longboat Key Turtle Watch, supporting ocean-related education and conservation.

She skillfully combined her interests in wildlife, art and writing, illustrating early Mote newsletters and writing numerous columns for the Observer newspapers to educate readers about marine life. She organized speakers for Mote's volunteer general meetings, where hundreds of volunteers have gained new knowledge, and organized volunteer field trips. In general, she championed one of Mote's greatest missions: helping people of all ages become more ocean-literate.