Eldora Jones Sanderford

Eldora Jones Sanderford

Eldora Allen Jones Sanderford

January 31, 1939 – March 4, 2015

WENDELL – Eldora Allen Jones Sanderford, 76, of Wendell, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Rex Healthcare.  A Funeral Service will be held 3:00 pm, Monday at Wendell Baptist Church.  A private burial will be held at Greenmount Cemetery in Wendell.  The family will receive friends from 3 pm – 5 pm Sunday at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell, North Carolina.

A native of Wendell, Eldora was born January 31, 1939, the daughter of Euphemia Allen Jones Britt and Russell Parker Jones.  After graduation from Wendell High School, she was a 1958 graduate of Peace College.  Eldora began her professional career with the North Carolina Forest Service working with the State Forester.  After a 35 year career with the Forest Service, she retired in 1997 as a program manager overseeing reforestation funding.

She was active in civic organizations, particularly the Wendell Jayceettes, where she served as a regional coordinator and was honored as a lifetime member.  Eldora was a lifelong active member of Wendell Baptist Church of which her family were charter members.  She served as the assistant organist, sang in the church choir, served as a Sunday school teacher, served on the Junior Board of Deacons and chaired the personnel committee for several years. Eldora was an avid Bridge player and a member of the Chatter Box Bridge Club for over 45 years.

On August 9, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Julian Dwight Sanderford of Wendell with whom she spent 56 wonderful years.  

In addition to her husband Dwight, Eldora is survived by her son, David Scott Sanderford and son-in-law, Frank Vincent Sarley of Alexandria, VA, two cousins, Linda Allard Fisher of Charleston, WV and Della Page Allard Honeycutt of Longwood, FL.  She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, E. Page Allen, and Willie Horton Allen; aunt and uncle, Marcola Page Allen Allard and Lt. Col. Charles E. Allard, USAF (ret.); her great grandparents, Dr. James Allen, Wendell’s first physician and pharmacist, and wife, Anna Capel Allen; her infant daughter in 1969, and her infant sister, Bonnie Lynn Jones.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of Wake County.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell, North Carolina  

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