Marcia Lynne Mehser Sanderlin

September 12, 1946 - May 27, 2016
Marcia Lynne Mehser Sanderlin

Marcia Lynne Mehser Sanderlin passed away on May 27, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, NC.

Born in 1946 in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Mary Mehser. She is survived by a sister, Vicky and husband Neal Hatcher of Portsmouth, Ohio, three children, Maggi and husband Matt Apel of Wilmington, NC, a son Eli Sanderlin of Wilmington, NC and son Case Sanderlin of Venice Beach, California, Four grandchildren,  Peyton and Bryce Apel, George Sanderlin and Pyper Baron. She is also survived by a long-time friend and companion, Cindy Schultz.

Sanderlin was raised in Nashville, Tennessee 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, Virginia in 1966 and a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University in 1968. She was an avid Buckeye fan.

Sanderlin began working in the family business, Savory Foods, Inc. a pork rind processor in 1984. She managed the Elks Country Club pool for 5 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.

Sanderlin’s body was cremated and a celebration is planned for her at her home on Wrightsville Beach, NC on June 18th at 5:00 pm for family and friends. Please make donations to Airlie Gardens or New Hanover County Arboretum to help keep this a beautiful place to live.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • June 01, 2016
    shirley adams says:
    Marcia was a good friend in our PHS class of 1964...she will forever be in our hearts...be at peace Marcia.

  • June 01, 2016
    Marijean Rapp says:
    I have many special memories of Marcia in our teen years and beyond. She was a Class of 1964 winner! She was a devoted mom, sister and friend. Her talents are too many to list. Comfort and prayers are extended to Vickie and the family.

  • June 01, 2016
    Lynn Kramer King says:
    As a fellow member of the graduating class of 1964 at PHS I'm very sorry to hear of Marcia's passing. My prayers are with the family.

  • June 01, 2016
    Gerirose Gooding says:
    You will be missed Coach! You and Cindy taught us much more than just how to swim. Sending our prayers and condolences to the Sanderlin Family. - The Givan Family