Sarah Mack, 94

Sarah Mack

Sarah Mack was active in the community.

Mack died Friday, March 15, 2013. She was 94.

She was born Dec. 5, 1918, to the late Sheppard and Dolly Collins in Philadelphia.

She married the late Frank Otis Adams Sr. in 1936. There were eight children born to this union. In 1971, she later met and married Jacob Mack of South Carolina. He predeceased her in 1999.

At an early age, Mack joined Metropolitan Baptist Church under Rev. Butler. She later joined the Mount Zion Baptist Church under the founder, the late Pastor C. W. Gregory. She maintained an active membership under succeeding ministers and up to the present day leadership of Pastor Cedric Jones until she died.

Mack was a faithful member of several ministries in the church, including: the White Rose Ministry, Kubatana Ministry, Pantry Ministry, Scholarship Policy Committee, the Mt. Zion Community Development Corporation (CDC), Pulpit Committee for Rev. Willie E. Robinson, former pastor, 100th Anniversary History Committee, Sunday School, the Memorial Choir and the Wednesday Evening Bible Class.

She was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. She attended Wilson Elementary, Shaw Middle and West Philadelphia High Schools. She later completed two years of post-high school education at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Mack worked as a school crossing guard, for Curtis Publishing House and for the Social Security Administration.  She later worked and retired as a Home and School community co-coordinator.

She was a member of the Community Board for the West Philadelphia Free School, the Woodland Avenue Committee, the Southern Home for Children, the NAACP, the American Society of Friends Weekend Work Camp, and the Cedar Park Neighbors. She was a founding member of the University of Pennsylvania 1st Thursday meeting and the Garden Court Neighbors Community Association.

She received many awards and acknowledgements. Her latest award was the Darby Area Branch NAACP #2258 - “Paving the Road for Change” which was awarded in November 2012.

Mack was also preceded in death by her children, Frank Otis Adams Jr., James W. Adams Linda E. Adams, Michael L. Adams and Sheppard B. Adams

She is survived by her children, Henry D. Adams, Sarah Gee and Robert Adams; nieces: Rose Harris and Martha Collins; grandniece and nephew: Rosemary Eady and Roy “Buddy” Collins; 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held March 22 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 5015 Woodland Avenue. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Woodlands Cemetery.

Francis Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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