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 firstname.lastname@example.org.