Patsy Bur­giss San­ders

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - Patsy Bur­giss San­ders, a na­tive of Al­leghany County, NC who spent most of her work life as a phar­ma­cist in Rowan and Cabar­rus coun­ties, died July 17, 2018 in Char­lotte.

Born Septem­ber 3, 1927 in Sparta, NC, she is sur­vived by her three daugh­ters and their hus­bands, Sherri S. White­sell (Phil) of Char­lotte, Niki S. Mose­ley (Dan) of Con­cord and Char­lotte S. Barringer (Gary) of Hun­tersville. Her four grand­chil­dren, who knew her as “Mama Pat,” in­clude Ge­of­frey White­sell and Adam Barringer, both of Colorado, Emily White­sell El­liott of Nags Head and Sara Barringer of Alabama. She was also sur­vived by her great- grand­chil­dren, Ju­lian and Made­lyn El­liott of Nags Head; her brother, Tom (Nancy) Bur­giss of Lau­rel Springs, NC; and three neph­ews, Tim, Brant and John Bur­giss.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Charl H. San­ders, who died in 1982, and her par­ents, T. Roy and Lora Reeves Bur­giss, both of Sparta.

Pat was one of the early fe­male phar­macy stu­dents at UNC- Chapel Hill, where she grad­u­ated in 1948 and earned in­duc­tion in Rho Chi, the phar­macy honor so­ci­ety. She was one of five fam­ily grad­u­ates from the UNC School of Phar­macy, in­clud­ing her fa­ther, hus­band, brother and daugh­ter, Sherri White­sell.

She was the first woman to head a hospi­tal phar­macy in the state and for 25 years di­rected a staff of more than 20 phar­ma­cists and tech­ni­cians at Rowan Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Sal­is­bury, now No­vant Health Rowan Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Dur­ing much of that time her late hus­band Charl owned and op­er­ated Gran­ite Drug Co. in Gran­ite Quarry. Pre­vi­ously, both of them worked at phar­ma­cies in Wilmington, Sparta, Kan­napo­lis and Con­cord.

When Pat left hospi­tal phar­macy she took up re­tire­ment with en­thu­si­asm by buy­ing a tour­ing bi­cy­cle and re­new­ing her pass­port. In the en­su­ing years she biked through Eng­land, Ire­land, Hol­land, France and Aus­tria, and toured six con­ti­nents. She made sure her grand­chil­dren caught the travel bug with trips to Lon­don, Paris, Alaska, Mex­ico and points in be­tween.

The fam­ily is grate­ful to AlisaWal­lace, CNA, and the staff of South­min­ster in Char­lotte for their per­sonal care and con­cern for Pat, and to Hos­pice & Pal­lia­tive Care of South Char­lotte.

Ser­vices for Pat will be pri­vate. Me­mo­ri­als should be made to the Bap­tist Chil­dren’s Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC, 27360.

Con­do­lences may be of­fered at www. har­ryand­bryant­fu­ner­al­home. com.

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