Dorothy Ethel (Glasscock) Sander-Cederlof

1915 - 2008

Dorothy Ethel Glasscock was born July 6, 1915, in Rialto, California, the fourth child of Wilmer and Ethel (Musgrove) Glasscock. She died at 3:35am, April 28, 2008, in the Integrated Nursing and Rehab Care of Glendora (formerly Emmanuel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center), 805 W. Arrow Hwy, Glendora, California. She reached the age of 92 years, 9 months, and 22 days.

Dorothy was born and raised in Rialto. Her father was the mayor of Rialto 1918-1924; her mother, the President of the Women's Club. [See Wilmer Glasscock’s obituary.] The family home is still standing and being lived in at the northeast corner of 3rd street and Riverside Ave. Her wedding dress is kept in a display case at the Rialto Historical Society (201 N. Riverside Ave.), along with many school photos of her time spent there. This dress was also worn by her mother, Ethel Glasscock, at her wedding in 1904, and was made by Ethel’s step-mother Inez (Cook) Musgrove.

Dorothy married H. Walker Sander-Cederlof February 6, 1938 at the Congregational Church in San Bernardino, California. He was born May 18, 1913 and died September 8, 1979, both in San Fernando, California. They divorced about 1965.

In the 1950’s Dorothy went back to school and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked for a while in a Tuberculosis hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. She continued her nursing career in California, working full-time at various hospitals and nursing homes until she was 77 years old.

On March 31, 1996, as she wrote in her Bible, she received Jesus Christ as her Savior, and was born again. Dorothy was baptized as a believer at the age of 83, on Wednesday, April 7, 1999. Before entering the waters she gave the following brief testimony: “As a child I went to Sunday School and learned about God and Jesus Christ, but as I grew older I didn’t nurture what I had learned. Always there was something lacking within me. On March 31, 1996, I got down on my knees and asked Jesus into my heart and accepted His forgiveness for all my sins. Since then, my life has not been the same. One change is that tonight I want to be baptized by immersion in obedience to God’s Word and to make a public declaration that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilmer and Ethel Glasscock; brother, Richard Glasscock; sisters, Elizabeth Range and Lillian Serpa; a grandson, David Nathan Sander-Cederlof; a granddaughter, Nasha Crowell, and a great-grandson, Samuel Aiden Cole.

She is survived by her three children Robert Brian Sander-Cederlof of Rowlett, Texas; George Walker Sander-Cederlof of Littleton, Colorado; and Marilee Joan Crowell of Covina, California; 10 grandchildren (Patricia, Julie, Joanna, Edward, James, Debra, Theresa, Alicia, Leah, Shayna); 3 step-grandchildren (Matthew, Jason, Jeremy); and 24 great-grandchildren (Seth, Trevor, Alex, Jordan, Malcolm, Ian, Brandon, Rebekah, Jessica, Joshua, Tabitha, Carys, Rhys, Steven, Eric, Evan, Andrea, Breanna, Ethan, Kaden, Aaron, Kyla, Nathan, Adina). Another great-grandchild is coming soon, to be born in Israel.

The family received visitor’s Wednesday afternoon and evening at McNearney Family Mortuary (909) 875-1123, 130 South Willow Ave., Rialto, CA 92376 Wednesday afternoon and evening, 4pm to 8pm.

A memorial service was held in the sanctuary of Christ Community Church, 1432 W. Puente Ave, West Covina, 9:00 am, May 1, 2008. The service included brief testimonials from family and friends, and a message by Pastor Lance Sparks.

A graveside service at 1:00 pm was held the same day at Rialto Park Cemetery, 200 N. Willow Rialto, CA 92376 - 909-820-2626. Tom Mason, a close friend from Christ Community Church, led the service. At the close individual flowers were placed on the beautiful pink casket by each of those attending, the casket was lowered into the grave, and everyone was invited to place a shovel-full of dirt into the grave. Everyone stayed and some shoveled until the grave was filled. Dorothy’s grave is near the southeast corner of the cemetery.
Dorothy at Memorial Day 2007 Celebration

At a Memorial Day celebration back in 1925 at this same cemetery, Dorothy recited the poem “In Flanders’ Fields”. She was nine years old. Then again, at another Memorial day celebration in 2007, she read the same poem. She began with, “I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Rialto.”

After the Graveside Service, the curators of the Rialto Historical Society Museum (John Adams and Jean Randall) opened the doors and allowed the family/friends to view the interesting items and to see Dorothy’s wedding dress within the glass display case.