Carolyn Hope Saunders of Bedford, VA went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She was born on November 12, 1939 in Richmond, VA to the late Maurice Alton Saunders and Mabel Hope Huddleston Saunders.
Carolyn graduated from Montvale High School and attended Radford University, graduating with a B.A. in History and an M.A. from the University of Virginia, both with honors. She taught at Albemarle County High School where she eventually retired.
Carolyn was an active member of Parrish Chapel United Methodist Church, the Bedford Genealogy Society, Bedford Historical Society, Peaks of Otter Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the UDC and CFC. She enjoyed singing, baking and shopping for the best bargain!
Carolyn is survived by her brother, M. Winston Saunders and wife, Judy; niece Stephanie Beadles and husband, Barry; nephew David Saunders and wife, Tanya; niece Kelly Carter; three great nephews, Roscoe, Zavier and Maddox; Aunt, Ms. Christine Huddleston, as well as numerous cousins, and her special dog, Rufus.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parrish Chapel UMC, 10000 Stewartsville Road, Vinton, VA 24179.
Funeral services will be held at 11am on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Parrish Chapel United Methodist Church in Chamlissburg with Pastor Mickey White officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 until 4 PM at Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford. (540) 586-3304.