Sadie Marks

Obituary of Sadie Helen Marks

Marks, Sadie Helen Brewington, 101, of Atlantic City, died peacefully in her home on Friday, October 25, 2019, with her beloved granddaughter and grandson (in-law) by her side. Sadie, affectionately known as "Aunt Helen" by most of her family, is survived by: daughter, Gwen; devoted son-in-law, Nick Ganaway; brother, Leonard; grandson, William; granddaughter, Heather; devoted grandson-in-law, Nelson Gaines; great-grandsons, Andre and Darnelle; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Sadie was born April 6, 1918, to Ida (Simmons) and Rufus Brewington in Dunn, North Carolina. She was raised in Dudley, North Carolina, with: her two sisters, Mae and Coleen; and four brothers, Franklin, Hubert, David and Leonard. Sadie was educated in the Goldsboro Public School System in North Carolina, where she received her high school diploma. She attended Shaw University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1940. Sadie was determined to further her education. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to attend the University of Michigan and obtain her master's degree. While attending the University of Michigan, Sadie worked as a waitress to pay for her classes. In 1945, she earned a Master of Arts in Education Degree. Sadie began her teaching career in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1947, she moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she taught for more than 40 years as a teacher before retiring. She was passionate about her students and loved being in the classroom. She touched the lives of many children in the Atlantic City Area. In December of 1946, while attending her sister, Mae's wedding reception she met Mae's new brother-in law, William (Bill) Marks, who an entrepreneur and business owner in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sadie and William courted long-distance over the next several months as she remained in Baltimore. In 1947, Sadie and William married. Of note, Sadie and her sister were both married to Marks brothers. Sadie and William were the proud parents of two daughters, Wilnetta and Gwen. They resided in a beautiful apartment above their bar on Arctic Avenue, in Atlantic City, before building their new home on Ohio Avenue. Sadie's father, Rufus brought bricks from North Carolina special for the construction of their home. William was the owner and operator of two bars/restaurants on the Northside of Atlantic City. In March of 1972, Sadie became the proprietor of both establishments after the death of William and managed them while continuing to teach full time. Sadie fought the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and won her court case when CRDA tried to take control of her properties with "eminent domain" laws to build what is now known as "The Walk" in Atlantic City. She won her contest with a substantial settlement and was also featured in an article in the Press of Atlantic City. She is fondly remembered as: a great teacher who helped every student who passed through her classrooms; a businesswoman who displayed her acumen and ability to fight and win when challenged; and as a loving, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Sadie was predeceased by: her parents, Ida and Rufus Brewington; husband, William (Bill) Marks; daughter, Wilnetta; grandson, Christopher; brothers, David, Franklin and Hubert; sisters, Coleen and Mae. Graveside services will be 11AM Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Lincoln Memorial Park, Route 40 Harding Highway, Mays Landing, New Jersey. Arrangements are entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, New Jersey, where condolences maybe left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com
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