Mrs. Elizabeth Agnes Sullivan Fender, age 97, widow of Carter H. Fender and longtime resident of the Hunters Chapel community of Bamberg County, Bamberg, SC, passed away on Sunday September 13, 2020 at Morningside Assisted Living in Orangeburg, SC.
Mrs. Fender, a daughter of the late David Stephen Sullivan and the late Elizabeth Agnes Tunnard Sullivan, was born on February 25th, 1923 in Jersey City, NJ. She was born and raised Catholic, but in her adult married years attended Hunters Chapel Baptist Church in the community. She was a 1941 graduate of Asbury Park High School, Asbury Park, NJ. She initially worked as an office clerk and after her marriage on July 4, 1949, she was a homemaker and mother to her seven children. She later was employed as a seamstress. Mrs. Fender enjoyed sewing, reading and playing Rummikub. She also loved spending time with family, and watching sports..especially the Atlanta Braves and Clemson football.
Survivors include her children Jeanette (Jim) Poe, Mary (Mike) Lucas both of Charleston SC, Sylvia (John) Burwell of Isle of Palms SC, Paul (Tara) Fender of Jacksonville FL, Linda (Larry) Graham of Camden SC, Rosey (Ronnie) Anderson of Barnwell SC and Caroline (Tom) Rippy of Goose Creek SC, grandchildren Chuck (Candy) McLain of Marion SC, Chris (Staci) McLain of Hollywood SC, Allison Dworschak of Summerville SC, Keli Dworschak of Charleston SC, Elizabeth (Matt) Jones of Mt Pleasant SC, Sunny (Danny) Lemmon of Columbus OH, Christee (Steve) Jiricka of Colorado Springs CO, Joye (Jason) Dillehay of Ludington MI, Joe Graham of Camden SC, Becky (Dave) Snider of Greer SC, Dan Graham of Camden SC, Ashleigh Anderson of Barnwell SC, Kevin (Megan) Anderson of Barnwell SC, Shaun (Tiffany) Rippy of Summerville SC, David (Kayla) Rippy of Moncks Corner SC and Mark (Amanda) Rippy of Moncks Corner SC, twenty eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Mrs. Fender is also survived by one sister-in-law Mrs. Betty P. Fender of Waynesville, NC, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. Ellenora S. Brusgard and Mrs. Catherine S. Glaser, and two infant great-granddaughters.
Due to COVID, funeral services will be graveside only at Hunters Chapel Baptist Church cemetery 9423 Hunters Chapel Road, Bamberg, SC on Tuesday September 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm. with the Rev. Alvin Jeffcoat officiating. Social distancing and masks will be required.
Pallbearers will be Mrs. Fender’s eight grandsons. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staff at Morningside of Orangeburg for their tender loving care over the last three years and Grove Park Hospice over the last few weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials to be made to Hunters Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dianne Marchant 3716 Bay View Rd, Branchville, SC 29432.