Mary Christine Collins Sanders

Published 10:39 am Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Funeral services for Mary Christine Collins Sanders are Thursday, June 4, 2015, at 12 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church with burial in Carver Heights Cemetery. Tyler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 12 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home and family hour is from 6 until 7 p.m.

Mrs. Sanders died on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. She was born June 24, 1926 in Bogalusa, Louisiana to James Collins and Hattie Norwood Collins. She was the youngest of six children.0604marysanders

When she was at the age of 3, her parents moved back to Brookhaven. Christine then became a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church where she remained a faithful member until she departed this life. She truly loved her church and was active in numerous departments, including her enjoyment as a member of the choir, serving on the stewardess board, and the women’s missionary society, among others. Christine also lived to attend the A.M.E. annual conferences.

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Christine graduated from Alexander High school in 1945. She was employed with the Brookhaven school system for several years as a cafeteria worker and crossing guard. She later received her nursing degree from Copiah-Lincoln Community College and was employed as a nurse with Silver Cross and Brook Manor nursing homes as well as King’s Daughters Medical Center. She truly loved talking and visiting with people, driving around town, and traveling. She could be seen at almost every community or church event. One of her favorite places was the Jimmy Furlow Senior Citizen Center. Christine was also a member of local chapter of AARP.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her son, Eric Calvin Sanders; her brothers, John, Nathanial and Edward Collins; and her sisters, Lula Mae Collins Reed and Josephine Collins Peters.

Survivors are her daughter, Sherry Sanders Washington of Brookhaven; grandson, Durrell Washington (Whitney) of Brookhaven; granddaughters, Tracee Washington of Owings Mills, Maryland and Linda Wingfield of Clinton; six great-grandchildren, Dymonde, Durrell Jr., Asia, Jadon, Kolleana and Cedric; three sister-in-laws, Beatrice Smith Dixon, Ruby Brown and Tauheedah Muhammad; three nieces, Renette Oates, Julie G. Peters and Deborah Norah; one nephew, William Enos; and a host of other family and friends.