Corene was born Jan. 21, 1937, in Fort Scott, Kan., to Fred and Sylvia Mills. She married William H. Toohey, Jr. in April 1958. Three daughters were born of that marriage: Janet Toohey, Kansas City, Mo., Sally Wingo, Nevada, Mo., and Tricia Wynd, Chesterfield, Mo. She married Fred Sanders in 1989.
She graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1955. After graduation, Corene moved to Kansas City to open the Zurich Insurance claim center. She proceeded to work at Magazine & Lerner CPA firm for 19 years, Kansas City School District for 10 years and retired in 2006 from St. Luke's Health Systems corporate office. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a member of the Olive Chapter of Eastern Star. She enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, needlepoint and life in general. She was also a volunteer for various charities.
Corene was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Fredric Mills.
She is survived by her three daughters, a sister, Betty Mills Mendelsohn of Omak, Wash., a brother, Larry D. Mills of Tinley Park, Ill., and five grandchildren.
Per Corene's request, there were no services. There was cremation.
The family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association, Kansas City Hospice House or the Humane Society.