Evelyn Sleightholm Saunders

July 13, 2014 

Evelyn Sleightholm Saunders

Evelyn Sleightholm Saunders, age 99, died July 3, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina. Evelyn was born October 3, 1914, the youngest of three children of Harry and Amy Sleightholm of Turtle Creek, PA. She graduated from Allegheny College, and then moved to Durham, NC to pursue a graduate degree at Duke University. While at Duke, she met her future husband, Max Saunders; they married and moved to Chapel Hill. They lived there for over thirty years, raised two daughters, and retired to Myrtle Beach to enjoy the many golf courses. Evelyn worked first at Eubanks Drug Store on Franklin Street, then at the UNC-CH Purchasing Department, and finally at the UNC-CH Alumni Office.

Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, her brother and sister, and her husband. She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Gabriel of Chapel Hill, NC and Betty Graybeal (Cris) of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren: Katherine “Casey” Gabriel of Durham, NC, Sarah Graybeal Ruiz (Jose) of League City, TX, David Graybeal of Charlotte, NC, Brian Graybeal (Cindy) of Charlotte, NC, and Katherine “Katie” Graybeal Chalmers (Joel) of Auburn, WA; three great-grandchildren: Emma Ruiz of League City, TX, Daniel Barchi and Lucas Graybeal of Charlotte, NC.

Memorials in Evelyn's memory may be made to University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. In accordance with her wishes, no service is planned. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas.

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