Willie (Creth) Saunders

Willie (Creth) Saunders (1890-1986) was born in Madison County, KY to John Creth and Emma Million. Her father worked as a farmer in Fayette County, KY. By 1910, she married Bishop Wellington S. Saunders, Sr. and they lived in Lexington where Saunders worked as a laborer until circa 1920 when he became a pastor. Together they had three daughters and three sons. By 1930, they were living in the Russell Neighborhood where Saunders was a pastor for the Baptized Pentecostal Church in that neighborhood. Willie was a member of a local chapter of the Interdenominational Ministers Wives Alliance. The Alliance was founded in 1914 by Dr. Elizabeth Coles Bouey of Richmond, VA. She wanted all ministers’ wives and widows to unite for more effective service. Image of Willie from Find A Grave user Shawn Bumpase.