JACKSONVILLE – Ada Mae Macon Sanders, 84, of Jacksonville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Pineland Presbyterian Church, the Rev. David Vanderbilt officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.
Mrs. Sanders was born in Wake County, but moved to Jacksonville with her family when Camp Lejeune military base was being built. As a young woman, she met and married Robert D. Sanders Sr. who has loved and cared for her 65 years. She was a loving mother to daughter, Beverly Barr, married to Bill of Saint Joseph, Mo.; son, Robert D. Sanders Jr. (Bob), married to Kathleen (Martin) of Alameda, Calif. She was a hugging and full of kisses grandmother and great-grandmother to Lindsay Hostettler, married to Mike of Hortonville, Wis., and their children Gracie, Colton and Hunter; Sarah Van Gemert married to Brent and their children Reese and Ciena, and to Robert D. Sanders III (Rob). Her sister, Margaret Gore of Jacksonville; and niece, Deborah Mobley married to Wayne and her children Kathleen and Kylene and nephew, Ralph Gore (Butch) married to Dana and his child Kari were also loved by Mrs. Sanders.
Mrs. Sanders worked for the city of Jacksonville, Jones-Onslow Electric, Onslow County Agriculture Extension Service, but spent most of her working years with the Onslow County School System, retiring after 31 years. She was always involved with her children and grandchildren's activities serving on numerous school and civic organizations, including the Little League and school booster clubs. Mrs. Sanders, a member of Pineland Presbyterian Church, loved her Lord and church, and church activities were always a part of her daily life. Serving as an emeritus member of the board of Fellowship of Christian Activities (FCA) was a highlight of her work with many coaches and young athletes in Onslow County. She was a member of Onslow County Extension and Community Association and served as an officer of her local Meadowview club and President of the ECA, and the Advisory Council, as well.
Mrs. Sanders was known for her love of life, her smiles and laughter, her love of people, especially the youth and children, and known for her care and concern for everyone. She loved music, dancing and the fellowship of friends and family. She will be greatly missed by all her family and those who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grifton Macon. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450 or to Pineland Presbyterian Church, Youth Group, 205 King Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at jonesfh.org.