Instead, she was shot and killed, and a 15-year-old girl was hurt, too.
Another man, Mark Collins, was charged with first-degree murder last week.
Dozens of family members gathered in Gastonia Friday night to remember Sanders.
"(She was a) good woman. Caring. Give anybody a place to rest. Feed anybody,” family friend Robert Hamlett said. “She's like a mother to everybody. That name fit her. Mother Teresa. That's exactly what she was to everybody."