Elizabeth "Liz" Virginia Sanden, 79, of Mabel died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel after a 12-1⁄2 year battle with cancer.

Elizabeth was born on Oct. 8, 1933, in Spring Grove to Clarence and Rose (Newgaard) Storlie. She graduated from the Spring Grove High School.

On Dec. 13, 1950, she married Delmar Sanden. She worked at C & D Café and Control Data in Spring Grove, did daycare out of her home, was a teacher's aide at Mabel-Canton School, performed secretarial work at Green Lea Manor for 23 years, and was employed at Margaret's Clothing Store in Decorah, Iowa.

She was an active member of Mabel First Lutheran Church and its WELCA; she also taught Sunday School and Bible School. She enjoyed baking, quilting, embroidering, playing cards, bowling and shopping.

Delmar and Elizabeth loved dancing and were members of polka and square dancing clubs. They went on many cruises and bus trips, traveling through 48 states. They were married 62 years.

She loved the visits from the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Delmar of Mabel; four children, Dennis Sanden of Carrolton, Texas, DiAnne (Gerald) Peter of Mabel, Danny (Janet) Sanden of Mabel, and Dale Sanden of Hayfield; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carol (Luverne) Schroeder of Spring Grove and Barb (Larry) Oefstedahl of Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, David; a sister, Marion; a brother, Clayton; and an infant brother, Clifford.

Funeral services were Feb. 11 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Gail George officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.

Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.mengisfunralhome.com.