Adelaide Sanford, 77, of Beaufort, S.C., died at home Feb. 22, 2020 with her husband and two sons by her side.
She was born Nov. 3, 1942 in Salisbury. She graduated high school at Campbell Academy in Buie’s Creek, college at Queen’s University in Charlotte, and she earned her registered nursing diploma from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte. She worked as a school nurse in Mannheim, Germany. During the Vietnam War she specialized in tropical medicine at the U.S. Army hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, and when she returned to Mocksville, she became director of nursing at Davie County Hospital. Her greatest satisfaction in nursing was her 32 years at the Veterans Affairs Hospital where she specialized in psychiatric nursing. She retired with her husband, Charles “Mac” Weill, in January 2008, relocating to Beaufort, where they have lived for the past 12 years. She loved Beaufort and all the friends she made. She spent many hours volunteering at the Good Neighbor Medical Clinic on Lady’s Island. Lai-Lai, as she was known by family and friends, loved nursing and helping others which was evident through her time as a Stephen Minister at the Sea Island Presbyterian Church. She put the needs of family and others above her own, she touched and changed the lives of family, friends, and patients. She made a real difference to all around her.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Lash Gaither and Caroline Long Sanford Sr.
Survivors: her husband; 3 children, Dr. Carrie Antoinette Kent (Mike), John Kenneth Carter Jr. (Vanessa), and Benjamin Gaither Carter; older brother, Lash Gaither Sanford Jr.; younger sister, Caroline Sanford Gee; and 4 grandchildren, Chanell Alexis Carter, John Benjamin Carter, Thomas Kent, and Daniel Kent.
A memorial service will be held at the Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr., Beaufort, SC on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
A graveside service will be at Joppa Cemetery, US 601, Mocksville, on March 22 at 3 p.m.