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Goodwill employee mourned

Published 9:40pm Thursday, August 21, 2014

Goodwill shoppers and employees are joining a young woman’s family and friends this week in mourning her loss.

Tiffany Renee Saunders-Boddie, 29, died in a car accident in Southampton County early Saturday morning. She left behind children and stepchildren ranging in age from almost 1 to 15, her brother-in-law, Allen Boddie-Chapman, said. The family is in need of school supplies and clothing donations, he added.

Saunders-Boddie will be remembered for being “a devoted mother and devoted wife,” Boddie-Chapman said.

Saunders-Boddie
Saunders-Boddie

“Anyone who you talked to, they would tell you that’s all she ever talked about, was her family,” he said. “Everything she did, you knew that somehow it benefited her family.”

Saunders-Boddie’s mother-in-law, Judy Lawrence-Lamb, also said the woman whom she considered her own daughter was devoted to her family.

“Everything that Tiffany did, rest assured it was associated with her husband and her children,” Lawrence-Lamb said. “That was Tiffany’s life.”

Even shoppers at the Goodwill store in Suffolk on North Main Street adored Saunders-Boddie, who had worked there for three years.

“Everybody felt special when Tiffany was around,” said Stephanie Worrell, a regular shopper. “She was cheerful all the time and a loving person. I feel so blessed that in my lifetime, our paths crossed.”

“She was a very outgoing person when she was in the work environment,” Boddie-Chapman said. “She was very interactive with the customers. People would ask for her by name because of her personality.”

A Goodwill spokeswoman also said the company was mourning the loss of its employee.

“Tiffany always had a smile on her face,” said Danielle Cronin, community relations manager for Goodwill. “She was adored by shoppers and loved by her co-workers. In her three years at Goodwill, she was an advocate and an ambassador for the mission. Tiffany Boddie will be remembered for her loving, kind spirit and selfless contribution to others.”

Boddie-Chapman said folks can call him at 704-612-1021 to donate.

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