It was with great sadness and shock that we learned of the sudden passing of Carolyn Saunders on the morning of Tuesday, October 27th.
Carolyn was a long-time member and volunteer at the Gardens. She played a key role in many of the Gardens’ improvements and projects over the past few years, alongside her husband Andrew, our Board President. All of her who have known and worked with her over the years will sorely miss her sweet nature, hard work and advice – in the words of a friend, she was a kind and beautiful soul. She has left us far too soon.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Andrew and their family in their time of loss and grief.
To honor Carolyn’s life, her family has planned an outdoor service at the Mobile Botanical Gardens on Saturday, October 31st, at 10.00 am. -reception and visitation will follow in the Botanical Center. They welcome all of you who would like to attend, and invite you to share stories and memories of Carolyn during the service. You may wish to share your thoughts and memories in writing, and may send correspondence to
Carolyn’s family also invites you to bring a single flower to add to a growing bouquet of love and remembrance.
Seating will be limited, so, in Carolyn’s own words, ‘wear comfortable shoes’.
There will be directed parking and shuttles available from the parking area. Overflow parking, if needed, will be at the Mobile Museum of Art.
Carolyn’s obituary can be found here. This will open in a new tab.
Out of respect to the family, the Gardens will be closed to public visitors for the day.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Mobile Botanical Gardens in Carolyn’s name.
Donations can be made via the button below – we will notify the family of all contributions and will pass on any words that you wish to share
You may also mail checks to Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL 36608
or drop by the Office from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 9am to 4pm.