Funerals Saturday For Woman & Granddaughter Killed In Canal Crash

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A woman and her granddaughter will be laid to rest Saturday in separate graveside funerals.

Marva Sadler and Aleanna Belmarez were killed Tuesday evening after their car went into a canal in Swan Quarter.

Sadler, who was postmaster in Swan Quarter, will be laid to rest at 3:00 p.m. at Soule Cemetery. Her three year old granddaughter's funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, in the Sladesville community.

The child's family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter on Friday evening, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. while Sadler's family will receive friends at her home on Quarter Road.

The Medical Examiner's Office says Sadler died from drowning, while there is no cause of death listed yet for Aleanna.


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An Eastern Carolina postmaster and her 3-year-old granddaughter died after their vehicle was found submerged in a canal in Hyde County.

State troopers say 46-year-old Marva Sadler and her granddaughter, 3-year-old Aleanna Belmarez, were found in a canal off Oyster Creek Road in Swan Quarter.

The Fire Chief tells WITN Sadler was the postmaster of Swan Quarter.

The Highway Patrol says the woman's car was southbound and ran off the right side of the road in a left hand curve and went into the canal.

Just before 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning Hyde County Emergency Services Director Jared Holz says he was called out to Oyster Creek Road. That's where a passerby noticed skid marks in the road leading into a canal and a car antenna sticking up from in the water.

Holz says divers went in and discovered Sadler and Belmarez still in the vehicle.

Just before 3:00 a.m. the four-door passenger car was pulled from the water. Holz says the family was notified and were on scene.

Family members had reported the two missing around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

A crisis team was brought in for family and for the rescue crews that responded to the call.

Holz says every crew member knew the victims.


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  • by Madison Sadler Location: Swan Quarter, NC on Apr 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM
    Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who has been with us during our time of need. This is a terrible thing for our family to have to deal with. We appreciate all of your cards, flowers, donations, and just being around if we needed anybody to talk to. Continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers, we need them. We miss you Mama and Aleanna!! Aunt Maddy Pat loves you baby:(
  • by Jeannine Clark Location: Knightdale on Mar 8, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    No words can possibly express my deepest sympathy, compassion, and good will for the family and friends of Mrs. Marva and little Aleanna. Please know and believe that God will give you the comfort and strength you need to get thru the grieving times ahead. He does not take anything from us, without leaving us with his grace, mercy, love and comfort. The Bible states it best in John 14:27(NLT):“I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." When Jesus spoke these words, he was promising us the Comforter, which was the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • by Roshawn Location: Swan quarter on Mar 8, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    I am deep sorry that your mother had died And Ms.Marava was a very nice person and She love Macy and her grandmother And I am going to miss to her and My mom is going to her too
  • by dld Location: sc on Mar 8, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    I do not think there are any results of the cause of death for my sister or her granddaughter as of this time so please don't be making things worse by making unfounded statements about the cause of death It takes long periods of time to get tox screens back from blood drawn and to know if she had a heart attack or something prior to hitting the water is important, for anyone that knows Marva if she was in the water and able she would have "pushed the red button" on the seat belts and there would have been signs she tried to get them both out of the vehicle. No one would think she sat there and drown all the while Aleanna sitting next to her doing same. Please as a news paper do not write things like this until you know the facts. Seems you know things that the family don't know.
  • by amanda Location: kitty hawk on Mar 7, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    aleanna babygurl u and marva will be missed and i love you very much!!!
  • by Macy Location: Swan Quarter on Mar 6, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    i love you mom. i love you aleanna. your guys may be gone...but you will NEVER be forgotten!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by MGJ Location: Hyde County on Mar 6, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    My heart breaks for the entire family. I got to know Marva a lot better when she worked as postmaster. She was kind, sweet, and compassionate. She spoke proudly of her grandchildren. Diana: I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you. My heart hurts for you. To the rest of the family, friends, and rescue workers: We pray for you everyday! May be the Lord be with you, and comfort you.
  • by Tina Location: California on Mar 5, 2011 at 04:07 AM
    Diana, I was so sad to hear about Marva and Aleanna. I've been thinking about you everyday...sending you all my love and healing thoughts. Seeing the picture of Aleanna in that hat reminds me of how I used to dress you up when you were little...she looks just like you...that same sweet smile. Our family loves you so much Diana and we are here for you anytime...just a phone call away. xoxo
  • by JW & Kathy Location: Swan Quarter on Mar 4, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    To all the family, please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you. May you find strength in the memories that touch your hearts and in the love that lives on in you. May God bless you all and give you the peace that passeth all understanding.
  • by Jessica Calhoun Adams Location: Hyde County Raised on Mar 4, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    Diana I love you so much! I am sorry that you and your husband have to bear such loss. I wish I was there to catch tears for you, to hold your hand and listen to you as you cry out! I miss you dearly and I am so sorry that I cant be there!
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