Obituary: Patricia Carruth Sanders


Patricia Carruth Sanders

89, Greensboro, N.C.

A private celebration of life was held for Patricia Carruth Sanders, 89, of Greensboro, N.C., who died on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Greensboro, N.C. 

She was born in Kokomo to the late Hoyt Sparks and Hoyte Rowley Carruth. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and the University of Mississippi. Most of her adult life, she lived between Mississippi and Greensboro, where she worked and raised her family.

In Mississippi, she was employed at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and retired as the director, which was a perfect complement to her outgoing and social spirit. She loved to entertain and was an active member in PTA, garden club and many bridge clubs. She and her husband, Jack, wintered in Florida, and they were passionate about traveling, especially by cruise ship. They enjoyed including their grandchildren in many of their travels. She was a selfless and devoted mother, a wonderful cook for her family and provided a loving home.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of children, Bill Little, executive vice president for the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce for 25 years; husband, John W. Sanders Jr. (Jack); granddaughter, Blair Cannon; son-in-law, Buddy Cannon, and brother, Larry Carruth.

Survivors include her children, Karen Little Cannon of Greensboro, Cindy Little Schneider (Jeff) of Easton, Md., and Clay Little (Jennifer) of Florence, S.C.; stepchildren, Dr. John Sanders III (Kathy) of Wilmington, N.C. and Patricia Sanders Brown (Steve) of Greensboro; grandchildren, Diane Cates, Andrew and Connie Little; step-grandchildren, Elizabeth Morgan, Johnny Brown, Brandy Hasty, Caitlin Saunders, Collin and Will Sanders; two great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. 

Her family is thankful for prayers and thoughts of concern. To the staff of Well Spring, thank you for the wonderful care and compassion given to Pat while in your care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting Mrs. Sander’s family.