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Meredith Johnston Saunders

January 5, 1923 November 29, 2015
Meredith Johnston Saunders
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Obituary for Meredith Johnston Saunders

Meredith Latham Johnston Saunders died Sunday, November 29, 2015, at her home in Plymouth.

Born January 5, 1923, she was the daughter of Robert Ward Johnston and Laura Smith Johnston of Plymouth.

She married Francis Stewart Saunders December 16, 1947. He preceded her in death January 8, 2013.

Mrs. Saunders graduated from St. Mary's, Raleigh and Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina with a degree in Music Education.

She founded the junior choir at Grace Episcopal Church, and following in her mother's footsteps, played the organ at Grace and taught piano. Faithful steward of her beloved family farm, Garrett's Island, she loved history and wildlife.

Survivors include two children, Laura Saunders Vaughan and husband Emory of the Eastern Shore, Virginia and Robert Sheldon Saunders and wife Jeannine of Plymouth; four grandchildren. John Robert Pharr Jr., and wife Courtney and their son, Graham of Virginia Beach. Dr. Stewart Whit Pharr and wife Heather and son Hayes of Austin, Texas, Ashley Saunders White and husband Gabe and daughter Isla of Washington and Robert Sheldon Saunders, Jr. of Bath.

A memorial service will be held Saturday December 5, 2015 at 11:00 am at Grace Episcopal Church, Plymouth.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Parish House immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Madison Street, Plymouth, NC 27962 or the charity of the donor's choice.

Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth is handling arrangements.

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