Saralee Griffeth Abbitt
June 15, 1925 - November 3, 2012
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Saralee Griffeth Abbitt, 87, of Wilmington, died Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.
Saralee was born June 15, 1925 in LaGrange, GA, daughter of the late Allie Lumpkin Griffeth and Bertha Brown Griffeth.
Mrs. Abbitt was married to Russell Abbitt and raised her two daughters in Wilson, NC. She attended Greensboro College and Washington University where she majored in art with a minor in music. Saralee was one of the first female real estate brokers in North Carolina. She was an avid bridge player and loved the ocean, boating, and fishing. She spent her later years at her two favorite places, Atlantic Beach and the bridge table. Saralee was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.
She is survived by her two daughters, Sara Long and husband, Cliff, of Wilmington, and Linda Abbitt of Mount Pleasant, SC; two sisters, Mary Van Puffelen and Betty Geiger; three granddaughters, Maggie Guggenheimer, Elizabeth Burns, and Tanya Cross; six great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.
A memorial service will be 2 pm Monday, November 5, 2012, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Beth Hood and Rev. Margaret Hockett officiating. The family will greet friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Wesley Memorial U.M.C., 1401 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403, or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.