Mary Lee Elsie Sanders Brunson, 99, was born July 31, 1921 to the late Albert and Mary Mashack Sanders. She departed this earthly life on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Booker T. Brunson. She was one of twelve children, with eleven siblings having predeceased her. Mary accepted Christ while attending The Amsterdam Church of God in New York. After relocating to Sumter, she became a member and faithfully attended Walker Avenue Church of God, where she served in various capacities such as chairperson of Christian Education, Superintendent and a teacher of Sunday School and various committees. She was also the founder of the Every-Ready Willing Worker Club and a faithful member of Walker Avenue Senior’s Ministry. Mary had a servant’s heart. For many years, she cared for and shared with those in her family, church and community. After graduation from Brockington High School in Timmonsville, Mary attended Morris College (Class of 1944), where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Further studies were done at Columbia University in New York, N. Y. She earned a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. Mary taught a total of 31 years in Walterboro and Lamar at Spaulding Elementary, Spaulding High and Lamar High. She retired from Spaulding High School as a Guidance Counselor in 1981. She is survived by: her daughter, Dr. Edna Brunson Bethea; son-in-law, Robert L. Bethea; two grandsons, Nicholas (Amber) and Kornelius Bethea; one great-grandson, Daniel Andrea Brunson Bethea; many nieces, nephews, godchildren, several adopted brothers, sisters, children, other relatives and friends. In accordance with the COV19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home and all in attendance at the service to please wear masks and observe social distancing. Graveside Services will be held 10:30 a. m., Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at the Hillside Memorial Park, 3001 Cains’ Mill Road, Sumter, with Pastor Bobby G. Damon, Officiating. The procession will leave at 10:00 a. m. from 1010 Dibert Street, Sumter.
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