IN MEMORY OF MARTHA CAUSEY - EDUCATOR, BOARD MEMBER AND FRIEND
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.