Carrie Elizabeth Saunders surrendered to the Lord’s call and passed into eternal life on October 15, 2018. Born on July 8, 1932 in Elberton, Georgia to the late Deacon and Deaconess Zack and Fannie Lou Allen She was the youngest of five siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: J.C., George Lee, and Bennie Allen and her dear sister, Hilda Mae Allen.
Carrie attended the Carlton Grove Elementary School in Elberton, Georgia and graduated from Blackwell Memorial High School in 1950. As a matured young woman, Carrie relocated to Newark, New Jersey in 1951 and joined Hopewell Baptist Church, under the protective care of the late Reverend Boyd B. Cantrell.
Carrie met and married her late husband Donald M. Saunders, Sr. in 1956 and had two sons, Donald Saunders, (El-Amin Saunders) and Jeffrey Saunders (Muhammed Sharif). Carrie was a woman who was strong and independent and strived to better herself, so she decided to attend the Manpower Skilled Training Center, in 1967 and graduated in Finance and Sales. It was God who directed her to her career with the A&P Supermarket Franchise where she became a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, of Chicago Illinois. In June 2002, Carrie retired from the A&P Franchise with thirty seven and a half years of service.
Holding on to her Christian faith, she joined and became a member of Beulah Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Aquilla Johnson, Sr. in 1976. Carrie served as the president of the Usher Board, a member of the Nurses Unit, Kitchen Committee and was a member of the Food Bank Ministries. This sanctuary was her house of worship for over 30 years.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted sons Donald Saunders (Dorinda) of Piscataway, New Jersey and Jeffrey Saunders (Shannon) of East Orange, New Jersey, twelve Grandchildren, eight Great Grandchildren, two cousins, Cornelia “Duncie” East Orange, NJ, Joseph “Bo” Martin (Vertis) of Elberton, GA and a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends.