Margaret Thomason Sanders, 88, of Mooresville, N.C., died at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte on Monday, November 16, 2020, after a brief illness.

Margaret was born November 27, 1931, in Rutherford County, N.C., to the late George Henry Grady Thomason and Rose Ellen “Bessie” Thomason. Margaret was the sixth of ten children.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Oscar Samuel Sanders Jr., siblings, Stella Thomason Morrow, Jim “Buster” Thomason, Sarah Thomason Gaines, Nellie Thomason Cato, Levi “Buddy” Thomason, Dovie Jean Thomason Walker, and Franklin Thomason.

Margaret is survived by her sister, Rebecca Thomason Lowery, of Salisbury, N.C.; brother, George Thomason, of Union Mills, N.C.; her step-son, Carl Samuel Sanders, of Charleston, S.C.; her Goldendoodle, Stella, whom she adored; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom dearly loved their Aunt Margaret.

The family wishes to express their eternal thanks to Margaret’s niece, Brenda Ellen Gaines, for the loving attention and care that she provided to Aunt Margaret over the past years. Brenda’s constant love and nurturing brought laughter and tremendous happiness to Margaret’s later years.

Margaret was a lifetime resident of North Carolina. After graduation with honors from Alexander Schools Inc., Margaret moved to Charlotte and resided with her sister, Sarah, until marriage.

Margaret and Sam met in 1955 while working in the movie industry; he was with Paramount Pictures and she with 20th Century Fox. They resided in Charlotte for the first eighteen years of their marriage, then moved to Lake Norman, where they enjoyed boating, beautiful sunsets and the many faces of nature. It was here Sam renewed his interest in art and Margaret developed her interest in writing. She mentioned to Sam that she would like for him to do illustrations for some of her poems and nothing more was said about it. Sam died on February 9, 2007, and months later Margaret discovered that he had left a last gift for her — a collection of watercolors for some of her poems. Margaret then penned and published “Roses, Bluebirds and Expressions of Love” in 2009. Some of her writings, along with her husband’s illustrations, have been exhibited at the Mooresville library.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 23, at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel. For those who are unable to attend the service, you may go to the following link for the live stream:

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Sanders family. Condolences may be made to the family at

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