Winnie Sanderson passed peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at the University of Alabama-Birmingham hospital. After a lifetime of devotion to others, she was received into the arms of our savior, Jesus Christ.
At age 89, Winnie had recently moved to Alabama in order to live with her niece, a registered nurse and caregiver. Winnie was a native North Carolinian and longtime resident of Wilmington.
During the span of her long life, she gracefully bore the mantle of many titles that included daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, life companion and friend. Regardless of how she was known, she was loved and admired.
She was preceded in death by those who lovingly knew her as daughter, wife, sister and companion: her mother and father, Thomas and Nyda Moore; her husband of over 50 years, Homer T. Sanderson; her brothers, Earl and James Moore; and her life companion, whom she came to love after her husband’s passing, Robert (Bob) Linder.
She is survived by those who loved her simply as mom, grandmother, sister and aunt. Those who loved her simply as mom: Gayle Sanderson Bergamini and her husband Edward of Wilmington; Glenn Sanderson and his fiancée Sarah Haydu of Carolina Beach; and Gary Sanderson and his wife Kara of Corryton, Tennessee. Those who called her grandmother – Ben Bergamini and his wife Mandy of Durham; Zachary Long of Smithfield; and Amy Hawkins of Cary. She is also survived by her sister, several great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and family friends, all who loved her dearly.
No matter how she was known by those in her life, she will always be remembered for unselfishly placing the needs of others before her own needs, as well as her bright, shining eyes and her infectious smile and laughter. Although it is known that she is with the Holy Father and beyond pain and suffering, those left behind in this mortal world are devastated by her passing.
A memorial in remembrance of her life of service to those who loved her will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington.
Please leave online condolences to the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home.
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