Grace Walker Sanders

November 27, 1937 - March 27, 2018
Grace Walker Sanders


Grace Walker Sanders died Tuesday, March 27, 2018, surrounded by her family in Wilmington, NC.

She was the daughter of Henry Ajax Walker and Grace Wooten Walker (both deceased) of Kinston, NC.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Gordon Sanders and brother Henry Ajax Walker III.  She is survived by three grown children – Alice Hewitt Sanders and husband David of Wilson, NC; Henry Walker Sanders and wife Dabney of Greensboro, NC; and Bradford Hodge Sanders of Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is also survived by her sisters Nancy Walker Marchal of Williamsport, PA and Ida Thames Walker Cranz of Henderson, NC.

She was born in Kinston, North Carolina on November 27, 1937 and attended and graduated from Grainger High School and later Salem College with a degree in English.  She was married on September 16, 1961 to Gordon until his death in 2008.  She spent much of her married life in Charlotte, North Carolina, moving to Wilmington in 1991 where she was a member of the Oleander Garden Club and the Surf Club.

Grace was an active member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC and First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC, where she was honored to serve as an Elder, Deacon, and Church Circle Leader.  She served as a Stephen Ministry Leader soon after its inception at First Presbyterian Church.  She enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and would never turn down good chocolate.  Grace was a devoted wife and mother, loyal friend, and good Christian woman whose children and friends consumed her life.

The family wishes to thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their care of Grace in the last days of her life.

The family would also like to thank Elsie Faison Shields and her business Always Good Company with a special appreciation for Grace’s “Pearls:” April, Audra, Diana, Donna, Katherine, Kim, Lisa, Taylor, and Elsie.

Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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  • March 27, 2018
    John W. Cowand, Jr. says:
    The passing of Grace Sanders is met with much sadness at our house. First Gordon and now Grace! They were both special people and raised a wonderful family. May God give all of them comfort.

  • March 27, 2018
    Elsie Shields says:
    Grace taught me so much about class and GRACE. Her name suit her. She was one of the most beautiful, classy ladies I have ever eknown. I will never forget small lessons she taught me when we were together. I am a better person knowing Grace Sanders.

  • March 28, 2018
    Jim Kennedy says:
    Sue and I offer our sympathies on the passing of your mother, Walker. She had a full life.

  • March 30, 2018
    Brenda says:
    Such a wonderful person and friend