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Frances Ransmeier 39N of Asheville, N.C, on Feb. 2, 2014, at age 96. She joined the Navy in 1941 and was stationed in Pensacola, Fla., for four years. After the war, she worked at Emory University Hospital, where she met Dr. John C. Ransmeier. They married and lived in Washington, D.C., for 13 years, where they had three children. In 1963, the family moved to Asheville, where she volunteered for many years with community and church groups, including cancer patients following her successful treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Roxana Mitchell Fitzpatrick 42N of Morrow, Ga., on Oct. 30, 2014, at age 93. 

Betty B. Bass 44N of Mumford, Tenn., on Dec. 26, 2013, at age 90. 

Peggy Goodman Fraser 44N of Hinesville, Ga., on Jan. 28, 2014, at age 90. She served as an Army nurse during WWII and met her first husband, Army Capt. Jess Goodman. They lived in several locations, both stateside and overseas, as he continued his military career. The couple eventually settled at Fort Stewart, Ga., with their two sons in 1967. Peggy worked as a school nurse for 18 years. After her husband Jess died in 1978, she opened The Sew Express in Hinesville. She later sold the business and in 1985 married Olin Fraser Sr., who passed away in 2011. Her survivors include two sons,  three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two stepsons, and two stepdaughters.

Charlotte Methvin Sublett 44N of Cookeville, Tenn., on Oct. 13, 2012, at age 88. She was a registered nurse at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and a member of Cookeville First United Methodist Church for many years.

E. Rowanne Ligon 45N 65MN of Decatur, Ga., on Sept. 15, 2014, at age 90, from complications of dementia. Ligon devoted her life to nursing. At the end of WWII, she was stationed in Germany as an Army nurse. After the war, she joined the reserves and attained the rank of colonel. Ligon worked for the DeKalb County Public Health Department for 30 years, retiring in 1983. She volunteered for organizations such as Fernbank Science Center and devoted 20 years to the Carter Center.

Lucy M. Pierce 45N of Nelsonville, Ohio, on Aug. 6, 2014, at age 90. She met her husband, Roland M. Pierce, while completing her nursing training in Memphis, Tenn. They married in Nelsonville, where Lucy delivered babies at home and assisted local physicians in the community. In 1950, she helped establish Mount Saint Mary Hospital and worked as an RN throughout her career. She was the first school nurse in the Nelsonville-York School District and started many programs that benefitted the health of children in the community. Pierce served on the Athens County Board of Health for 50 years. Survivors include three children, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mary Ann Shaw Mathews 46N of Palm Coast, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2014. She married William Hugh “Doc” Mathews of Jacksonville, Fla., in 1945. She stayed home to raise three sons and worked in her husband’s office when his nurse was on vacation. Mathews was active in the community and her church and played golf with her husband. Survivors include three sons, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Margaret Cody (Peg) Thompson 46N of Gainesville, Fla., on May 15, 2014, at age 90. In 1944, she married Buford Dale Thompson in the Chapel at Emory. He served with the Army in Europe while Peg served with the Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII. After the war, they settled in Gainesville, where she served as head nurse of the premature intensive care nursery at Shands Teaching Hospital. Thompson pioneered the adoption of new methods of neonatal care, including skin-to-skin contact between mothers and infants, stimulation of neonates through bathing, and teaching new mothers to breastfeed. She was awarded the first NIH grant for nursing research received by Shands and co-authored the work, “The Effects of Stimulation on the Neonate,” first presented in 1969. She returned to school at age 55 and earned a bachelor of health sciences degree from the University of Florida in 1980 and a professional certificate in gerontology from the University of Florida Center for Gerontological Studies in 1981. She is survived by her husband, Buford; a daughter; two sons; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Isabelle Graham Webb 47N of Chapel Hill, N.C., on June 14, 2014, at age 88. She was living at Carol Woods Retirement Community.

Mary Anita “Nita” T. Hill 48N of Jupiter, Fla., on May 9, 2014, at age 86. She married Joseph B. Hill in 1951 and retired from nursing in 1978. Anita owned Hill House antiques from 1976 to 1992. She continued in the antique business doing shows until her final months. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Carolyn North Scott 48N of Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 16, 2014, at age 87. A native of Brunswick, Ga., she ministered to the sick throughout her life. In 1948, she married dentist Samuel T. Scott, whom she met on a blind double date. He was not her date, but they liked each other so much that they remained married until his death in 1994. Survivors include two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.

Marjorie Peeples Gillon Pair 49N of Union City, Ga., on Aug. 26, 2014, at age 85. Her nursing career spanned 39 years—14 at Emory University Hospital and 25 at South Fulton Hospital in East Point, Ga., as nurse supervisor and assistant director of nursing. Her compassion and perseverance were shown by six-plus years of home nursing for her first husband, David Gillon, who developed early-onset Alzheimer’s and died in 1985 at age 59. She continued to work during this difficult time and in 1988 married widower Horace Pair. They were happily married for 25 years until his death in 2013. Survivors include her five children, two stepchildren, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. 


Eliane M. Edens 50N of Athens, Ga., on Aug. 14, 2014, at age 92. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Edens grew up in Brunoy, France, and Atlanta. She had lived in Lexington, Ga., and then Athens since 1950. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, a stepdaughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

Margaret McAllister Telford 50N of  Toccoa, Ga., on Feb. 12, 2014, at age 83. 

Beverly Hossler Sigman 51N in Rock Hill, S.C., on Oct. 5, 2014, at age 86. She lived in Atlanta and Madison, Ga., for many years. Survivors include two sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Norma D. Weidner 51N of Kent, Conn., on Nov. 2, 2013, at age 83.

(Lois) Carolyn Huggins 53N of  Crystal River, Fla., on May 23, 2014, at age 83, under the loving care of her friend, Mary “Dolly” Schwalbert, and Hospice of Citrus County. Carolyn retired from the Hillsborough County Health Department as assistant county nursing director.

Eunice Alfreda Ward Tidman 53N of  Lawenceville, Ga., on Sept. 9, 2014, at age 83. The daughter of Salvation Army officers, “A/Captain” Alfreda Tidman served in the Salvation Army most of her life. After completing her nursing degree, she moved with her parents to Richmond, Va., where she worked at the Medical College of Virginia. She and her first husband, Bill Matthews, entered the Salvation Army Training College in Richmond. They were commissioned in 1957 and served in various capacities in Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Florida. After a stint in San Antonio, Texas, Alfreda was appointed to the Army’s School for Officer Training for the next seven years. She retired in August 1985. The next month, she married A/Captain Sherwood Tidman and returned to active service in Tallahassee and Melbourne, Fla. They retired in 1992 and moved to Atlanta, where they were involved in the growth of the Lawrenceville Corps. Tidman was preceded in death by her first husband in 1978 and her second husband in 2013. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, and four stepchildren.

Joyce Poole Mour 55N of  Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 31, 2013, at age 79. Mour was a dedicated nurse for more than 30 years and a member of the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church. Known as “Swishes” to her grandchildren, she was a constant force in the lives of her family members. Survivors include sons David and Tod, daughter Jennifer, and seven grandchildren.

Jessie Emogene Davis 57N 66MN of Union City, Ga., on July 8, 2014, at age 97.

Norma Justus Mash 57N of Kennesaw, Ga., on Feb. 2, 2014. She began her career as a surgical nurse and served as an RN for more than 40 years. Mash developed the first Practical Nursing program for the Marietta-Cobb Area Vocational Technical School in 1963 and taught the first class of practical nursing students in Cobb County. Twenty years after earning her BSN, Mash returned to Emory to become a Certified Enterostomal Therapy nurse and subsequently developed the first ostomy and wound care program at Kennestone Hospital. Regarded as an innovator in the management of chronic wounds, she lectured and led seminars on wound care throughout the United States and Canada and spoke at conferences in the UK and New Zealand. Survivors include her husband, Jim; two sons; a daughter; three granddaughters; and two step-grandchildren. 


Ann Stephens Austin 64N in Panama City, Fla., on Feb. 3, 2014, after a long battle with melanoma. She was president of the Sweetwater Swirls Women’s Shrine in Douglasville, Ga., president of the Douglas County 4-H Club for two years, and held the rank of lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jerry E. Austin; two sons; and two grandchildren.

Mary Thornton Boynton 64MN of Knoxville, Tenn., on May 14, 2014. She was a community health nurse in Wytheville, Va., for homebound TB patients and taught nursing students at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. She served as associate dean of nursing in community health at the University of Tennesee–Knoxville College of Nursing until she retired in 1991. Survivors include daughter Amy Boyton 89C, son-in-law Randy, and granddaughter Willow.

Linda D. Dunaway 64N of Evans, Ga., on Oct. 26, 2014, at age 74. Dunaway spent most of her career as a nursing educator, having taught at University Hospital School of Nursing in Augusta, Ga., Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, and Augusta College. She later served as assistant director of nursing at Saint Joseph Hospital (now Trinity Hospital) in Augusta. Also a licensed minister, she served in various positions at New Life Church for 19 years. Survivors include two daughters and two grandchildren.

Viola Kay (Schlagenhauf) Wilson 64N of Clinton, Tenn., on June 14, 2000, at age 58. 


Gwendolyn Alfonso Charles 70MN of Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sept. 10, 2012, at age 78.

Catherine D. Stevens 72MN of Bradenton, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2014, at age 90. A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she moved to Bradenton in 1952. She was a nurse with Dr. Willis Harris and an ER nurse at Manatee Memorial Hospital. She also worked for The Coca-Cola Company and taught nursing at Manatee Community College and Abilene Christian College. Stevens was a member of Save the Manatees and the Cousteau Society. Survivors include three sons, a stepson and stepdaughter, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Marbury Hall Stegall 78MN of Atlanta on July 6, 2014, of ovarian cancer. Stegall was a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric nursing. She began her career as an operating room technician at Grady Memorial Hospital while earning her associate nursing degree at DeKalb Community College. She then earned her BSN at Georgia State University and her MSN at Emory. She practiced mental health nursing in the public and private sectors and in the inpatient, outpatient, and nursing education settings. She was a psychotherapist in private practice and advocated for the nursing profession and the role of advanced practice psychiatric nurses in Georgia. Stegall served on the Georgia Board of Nursing from 1997 to 2004 and was commended for outstanding service by the Georgia Secretary of State. In 2006, she retired from Grady Health System and joined the Southeast Pemanente Medical Group Inc. of Kaiser Permanente. Survivors include her husband, R. Hance Stegall; her son, Eldon; her mother; and two sisters.


Sara Howard Moseley 81N of Atlanta on Jan. 26, 2014, of cancer at age 54. She held a master’s degree in trauma and critical care nursing from the University of Maryland. Moseley worked in the performance improvement department of the Chest Pain Center at Gwinnett Medical Center. She also practiced at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta and at hospitals in Denver, Colo., and Annapolis, Md. A self-avowed soccer mom and longtime Girl Scout leader, she led camping trips and encouraged her scouts to serve the community. Survivors include her husband, Rob; daughter Lily; her mother; two brothers; and a sister.

Nancy H. Arden 82MN of College Station, Texas, on June 10, 2014, at the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in nearby Bryan. She was 63. 

Linda Maher Williams 86MN of Augusta, Ga., on Aug. 1, 2014, at age 61. Formerly of Atlanta, her nursing career spanned more than 25 years. She served as director of rehabilitation at Northlake Medical Center from 1996 to 2006. In 2007, Williams joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a clinical informatics nurse on the Epic ambulatory team. She implemented and supported the Epic electronic medical record system in rehabilitation services and the Marcus Autism Center. In 2012, she was promoted to senior clinical informatics nurse and received the Dr. Luke Geng Commitment to Children’s Award for her dedication and service. Survivors include her husband, Ed; three sisters; and nine nieces and nephews. 


Katherine Ives Thompson 93N of Atlanta on Oct. 22, 2014, after battling a brain tumor. She was 47. Thompson began her career as an operating room nurse and then entered private practice. She found her true calling as a labor and delivery nurse at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, where she worked for 15 years. She received many letters and voicemails from young parents who loved her combination of compassion and sense of humor. Thompson spent the last two years of her career in the infusion oncology center, where she continued to receive praise for her extraordinary care. Survivors include her parents and two sisters. 

Ella Louise Hill 95N of Marietta, Ga., on Jan. 28, 2014. She was 63.

Susan L. (Napiewocki) Baran 99MN of Pooler, Ga., on Sept. 13, 2013, at age 66. A native of Michigan, she was a retired nurse practitioner. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with family and friends, along with her grand-dogs. Survivors include her son, a sister and sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

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