Audrey Lea Crecelius, Mary Anne Deerhake

Audrey Lea Crecelius

Audrey Lea Crecelius, 61, of Montezuma, Georgia, and formerly of Washington, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at her daughter’s home in Montezuma.

Audrey was born on Feb. 17, 1958 in Washington to the late Paul K. Jackson and Marvel Connrad Jackson. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army and later worked in the service industry for over 29 years. Her favorite past-time was riding her motorcycle and floating down the river. She made life wonderful and touched so many lives with her presence. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Her memory will forever be treasured by her children, Robert Crecelius and his partner, Valerie Bagley, of Warner Robins, Georgia, Samantha Poisson and her husband, Todd, of Montezuma, Michael Jackson and his wife, Jessica, of Vincennes, and Joshua Forney of Vincennes; two brothers, Dallas Jackson and his wife, Joyce, of Mount Vernon and Paul Jackson and his wife, Mary, of Williamsport, Maryland; and three grandchildren, Alicia Knight, Izeck Knight and Katelynn Knight.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Barney Jackson, and two sisters, Kathy Bryant and Beverly Jackson.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heart of Georgia Hospice in Warner Robins at info@heartofgahospice.org. Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma has been entrusted with arrangements for Mrs. Audrey Lea Crecelius.

Friends may express condolences to the family and sign the online guestbook at www.watsonmathewsfuneralhome.com.

Mary Anne Deerhake

Mary Anne Deerhake, 87, of Bicknell, was called home on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

She was born on May 15, 1932, in Plymouth, Wisconsin, the eldest daughter of Rudolph and Roma (Richardt) Mattes. Mary graduated from Kiel High School in Wisconsin in 1950, where she had been the valedictorian of her class and had the lead role in her senior class play. She attended Mission House College (now Lakeland University) where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree; she had also been president of the a cappella choir while in college. She started her career near Plymouth, Wisconsin, teaching high school. She was a Girl Scout leader in Fort Wayne and enjoyed spreading God's message by teaching religious education in the Fort Wayne school system, directing choir and teaching Sunday School in the communities where she lived. She was also co-hostess for the Mission Study Tours. She was awarded “Outstanding Woman” at the national assembly for the United Church of Christ. Everyone who knew her could remember her by the smile she always had on her face.  

She married Rev. Marvin Deerhake, of New Knoxville, Ohio on June 29, 1952, and he survives, along with her sister Barbara Balz of Kiel; her three daughters, Elizabeth Dilbone, Laura Anderson and Brenda Maddox and her husband Ron; two grandchildren, Jeff Trowbridge and Ian Maddox; her brothers-in-law, Robert Deerhake and his wife, Sandy, and family of New Knoxville, and Gene Deerhake and his wife, Mary, and family of Marblehead, Ohio.

Memorial services will be 6 p.m. on Friday at Bethel Community Church in Freelandville. A burial service will be held at First Church of New Knoxville at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the church, with a fellowship hour to be held immediately following the service.

FUNERALS

Collins, Robert D., died June 21. Services: 11 a.m. today at Goodwin Sievers Funeral Home in Washington. Burial: Sugarland Memory Gardens. Memorials: Gideons International or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana. Condolences: www.goodwinsievers.com.

Turner, Charles Michael, died June 23. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Memorials: South Knox Education Foundation or the Vincennes Animal Shelter.

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