Marcia Lynne Mehser Sanderlin, 69, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington.
Born in 1946 in Lincoln, Neb., she was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Mary Mehser.
She is survived by a sister, Vicky, and her husband, Neal Hatcher, of Portsmouth, Ohio; daughter, Maggi, and her husband, Matt Apel, of Wilmington; sons, Eli Sanderlin of Wilmington and Case Sanderlin of Venice Beach, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Peyton and Bryce Apel, George Sanderlin and Pyper Baron. She is also survived by a longtime friend and companion, Cindy Schultz.
Mrs. Sanderlin was raised in Nashville, Tenn., where she attended The Harpeth Hall School for girls. She graduated from Portsmouth High School in Ohio in 1964. She received an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Sullins College in Bristol, Va., in 1966 and a B.A. in journalism from Ohio State University in 1968. She was an avid Buckeyes fan.
Mrs. Sanderlin began working in the family business, Savory Foods Inc. as a pork rind processor in 1984. She managed the Elks Country Club pool for five years and was instrumental in starting high school swimming in Scioto County, Ohio. As founder and coach of the Notre Dame Titans, she spent 12 years on deck and went undefeated in girls’ county championships.
In 2001, Sanderlin was honored to be an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 2002 Utah Olympics. She served two terms as chair of the American Red Cross and was involved in various other charities. She served on the board of directors of the International Snack Food Association.
Mrs. Sanderlin’s body was cremated. A celebration is planned for friends and family at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at her home in Wrightsville Beach.
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