Ruth Evelyn Hill Peterson Sanders, also affectionately known as “Cookie”, age 92, born November 17, 1922; died July 21, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wade Peterson, Jr.; daughter, Carol Elaine Peterson; husband, William R. Sanders; parents, Robert L. and Ruth S. Hill; and brother, Frank Smith Hill.
She is survived by her daughter, JoAnne Staler (Joe) of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Jessica Ruth of New York City, NY, Joseph Wade of Knoxville, TN and Walter James, II, of Nashville, TN; sister-in-law, Carolyn Hill of Smithfield, NC; nephews, Perry Hill (Daniele) of Smithfield, NC and Kent Hill (Gaye) of Richmond, VA; nieces, Karen Crocker (Danny) of Four Oaks, NC and Lori Simpson (Jeff) of Fayetteville, NC. Also surviving are her step-children, Mary Alred (Houston) of Greensboro, NC, Patsy Davis (Jim) of Brentwood, TN, Jenny Prince (Brian) of Efland, NC, Will Sanders (Debra) of Smithfield, NC, Helen Beasley of Henderson, NC and Theresa Hibbert (Fred) of Nashville, TN.
Ruth was born in Smithfield and was a graduate of Smithfield High School and Woman's College of the University of North Carolina. She taught business classes and typing at Selma and Micro High Schools. In 1961, she and Wade moved to Wytheville, VA, where she taught at Rural Retreat High School. She later worked as the bookkeeper for their dealership, Peterson Ford, in Wytheville until his death in 1988. Wade and Ruth were married for 41 wonderful years.
Ruth was a member of the Stuart Chapter, DAR, where she served as Treasurer for many years. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Wytheville Garden Club as well as the Wednesday Club. She also enjoyed regularly playing bridge and golf and visiting her home at the beach.
After reconnecting with former Brogden Road neighbor and high school classmate Bill Sanders, Ruth and Bill married in 1996 and enjoyed their years together, traveling and dividing their time between homes, friend and family in Smithfield, Wytheville, Nashville and Myrtle Beach, SC, until his death in 2003.
Our beloved Cookie spent the last years of her life in her home in Smithfield near many friends and family. The family would like to especially thank JoAnne Capps and Bernie for their devoted care and friendship.
Always a Southern lady, Cookie celebrated life’s joys and endured its sorrows with exemplary grace and courage. She will be greatly missed.
A visitation will be held Saturday July 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. at Sanders Chapel, 4484 Brogden Road, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.