Sandy Elledge

Sandy Elledge

It is with great sadness that we let folks know of the death of Sandra Majors Elledge.  Sandy died on Friday, October 14, 2011 in Winchester, VA after a complications from a medical procedure she had been recuperating from.  She was with her daughter and son at the time of her death.

Sandra Majors Elledge, age 70, died Friday, October 14 in Winchester, Virginia.  She had been ill for some time but had continued to work part time as administrator for the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice.

Before her retirement in 2007 Sandy had served in Appalachia as Executive Coordinator of Episcopal Appalachian Ministries (EAM).  In that work she became known throughout the Episcopal Church as a stalwart advocate for the people of that region.  She had also been a pillar of the Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA) and represented the Episcopal Church in that ecumenical organization for many years.  In her work for EAM and CORA she worked tirelessly to support community development and service ministries in many remote sections of the mountains.  She traveled all over the region and got to know many of the project leaders and was much loved wherever she went.  As editor of the EAM newsletter she helped publicize the work of local ministries.  She served on the board of Grace House on the Mountain in Southwestern Virginia.  She provided staff support for the Working Class Ministry and Synagogy movements within the Episcopal Church and became an expert on small congregations and their ministries.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life was held on Saturday, October 29 at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 660 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-5819

In lieu of flowers, it was Sandy’s request that memorial contributions be made to Episcopal Appalachian Ministries, 161 E. Ravine Rd., Kingsport, TN 37660

May her soul and all the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Let light perpetual shine upon her. Amen

For a transcript and recording of an interview with Sandy by the Southern Oral History Project about her life: click here

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