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Causey, Martha and Susan

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Martha and Susan  Causey

Martha Elizabeth Causey, a child of God, stepped from death to eternal life on Christmas Day, 2020. Martha was born October 4, 1944 in Monroe, GA to Harold Bates Causey and Elizabeth Burgess Causey. Martha earned her degree in health and physical education in 1965 from the Woman's College of Georgia (now Georgia College and State University). She started her teaching career in Atlanta at North Springs HS. In 1969, she moved to Greenville, SC to serve on Young Life staff. Young Life is a ministry which introduces adolescents to Jesus Christ and encourages them to grow in their faith. Although Martha maintained a close relationship with Young Life for the remainder of her life, she returned to her hometown of Savannah, Georgia to pursue her life-long love of teaching. She later moved back to Atlanta where she taught special education at Cherokee County High School. Martha's career was her "calling", and she was totally committed to her students. Families of the students she served held her in high regard for the care and improvement she gave to their children. She was recognized for her exemplary dedication and compassion when she was honored with the coveted "Teacher of the Year" award; and later, a street on campus was named after her by the Cherokee County School District. Upon retiring in 2004, Martha volunteered and served on the Board of the Cherokee Day Training Center (now Empower Cherokee), serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She continued her service to Young Life as a member of the Board of Directors for Capernaum, a ministry providing intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults the opportunity to experience Christ's love while enjoying fun and self-esteem building adventures! During her lifetime, Martha encouraged and mentored many students to pursue a career working with special needs students, and she continued to inspire them as they followed her example. Martha was blessed with many life-long friendships. Some of those friendships evolved from her teaching years and many from her Young Life years. She will be sorely missed by one and all, but her legacy will live on through the many lives she touched. In God's timing, they will reunite in heaven. Martha was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Susan Marie Causey. Susan Marie Causey, beloved daughter, sister, cousin, teacher, mentor and friend, died February 10, 2019 at the age of 71. She graduated in 1968 from her sister's alma mater. She taught health and physical education in Fulton County at Lakeshore (20 years) and Roswell High Schools (10 years) and served as department chair until her retirement in 1998. She was a facilitator for peer tutoring, as well as coach of the tennis team and drill team. Susan loved teaching and was always an advocate for her students. Susan became a Brownie at the age of seven, and as she grew older, she invested decades of service to Camp Juliette Low, a private camp for girls on Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, GA. She served as a unit counselor, unit leader, counselor-in-training director, camp director, and board of trustees' member until her death. She worked weekends at the camp washing dishes and performing other volunteer duties as needed. Susan was regarded by staffers as a "valued friend" and also known by counselors in training as an "amazing mom" to the girls. A plaque at the camp memorializes her dedication: "May the memory of her decades of service to CJL warm our hearts and touch our souls." The friends Susan made at CJL (to whom Martha affectionately referred as "The Women of the Mountain") shaped her life. They loved, cared for, nurtured and ministered to Susan throughout her final hospitalization, including the day she died. Martha and Susan are survived by cousins Emily Huckeba and David Causey of Roopville, GA; Nancy Hurston of Bremen, GA; William Donnelly of Imperial Beach, CA; Ann Donnelly of Fort Wayne, IN; and Hal Dally of Social Circle, GA. A joint memorial service to celebrate their lives will take place in 2021 when family and friends can safely gather for that purpose.

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