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.
Those desiring may send memorial donations to: Mount Vernon Christian Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 787, Monroe, GA 30655.
Reposted courtesy of Meadows Funeral Home.