Sarah A. Mack, 94, community activist

Sarah C. Mack
Sarah C. Mack
Posted: March 23, 2013

Sarah Collins Adams Mack, 94, of University City, a community activist, died Friday, March 15, at home.

Mrs. Mack was the only daughter of Sheppard and Dolly Collins of Philadelphia. She married Frank Otis Adams Sr. in 1936. The couple had eight children. After his death, she met and married Jacob Mack, originally from South Carolina, in 1971. He died in 1999.

Mrs. Mack made her living as a school crossing guard and as a clerk for Curtis Publishing Co. and the Social Security Administration. Her last job was as a paid home and school community coordinator.

But she was really about faith and community service.

Devout at an early age, Mrs. Mack joined Metropolitan Baptist Church and later Mount Zion Baptist Church under its founder, the Rev. C.W. Gregory.

She worked to attract church members until her death and took part in various efforts, including a food pantry, scholarship policy committee, the Mount Zion Community Development Corp., Sunday school, Bible classes, and a committee collecting history for the church's 100th anniversary.

As part of her work with the scholarship committee, she set up a fund to buy books for needy children. "Her legacy was influencing children to read," said her daughter, Sarah Adams Gee.

Mrs. Mack was a member of the community board for the West Philadelphia Free School, the Woodland Avenue Committee, the Southern Home for Children, the NAACP, the American Society of Friends Weekend Work Camp, and the Cedar Park Neighbors.

She received many awards. The most recent was from the Darby Area Branch, NAACP, titled "Paving the Road for Change," given in November.

Mrs. Mack attended Wilson School, Shaw Middle School, and West Philadelphia High School. She completed two years at Community College of Philadelphia.

She loved to travel. She visited the Bahamas and Africa, and took a train ride across the United States.

Surviving, in addition to her daughter, are sons Henry D. Adams and Robert L. Adams; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and two nieces. Five children died earlier.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 5015 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia 19143. A viewing will begin at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlands Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Sarah A. Mack Book Fund, c/o Mount Zion Baptist Church Scholarship Committee, at the church address.

Contact Bonnie L. Cook

at 215-854-2611 or

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