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Mary Myers Obenauf



Mary Myers Obenauf died peacefully on June 28 after a long brave battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father J. Frank Myers and her mother Joyce Nelson Myers Curry.

She was born in Americus, Ga where she graduated from Americus High School in 1972. She continued her education at the University of Georgia in BS Home Economics. She was the County Extension Agent in Marion County, GA.  Next she taught school for 1 year in Newnan, Ga.  After, she relocated to Fresno, CA.  There she taught “At Risk Teens” for many years.  She proposed forming a special program to the school system called Opportunity at Fresno High.  She developed and taught this class. These students had behavioral problems, habitual truancy, or had some involvement with the juvenile justice system. After being kicked out of regular school, they were sent to Opportunity as a last chance.  Finally she continued her teaching at Fallbrook High School outside of San Diego.

Mary had a passion for art and she was amazing. Mary was always making gifts for people. Her presents were from her heart.

She decided November 1979 to arrange for her body to be donated to the Medical College of Georgia for research.  Her wish was fulfilled on the day she passed.

Mary is survived by her sister Jean Myers Ivis, brother Frank Myers III, 2 nieces Natalie Ivis & Emiline Myers, & a sister-in-law Cheryl Myers. Mary had many wonderful friends who helped her through her journey with many visits, gifts and financial support. Especially Ricky Arnold, Barry Blount, and her sweet friend Betty Austin who was by her side the whole time.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held on July 15th at 4:00pm at the Windsor Hotel. Please join us to help rejoice her life.

Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to Mary G Dupree Education Endowed Scholarship which is granted to Georgia Southwestern State University students pursuing a teacher education degree.  This scholarship was created by her father  J. Frank Myers and named after Mary’s namesake and grandmother Mary Givens Myers Dupree many years ago.  Checks should be made out to “GSW Foundation”, P.O. Box 926, Americus, Ga. 31709

Submitted by Jean Myers Ivis 7/7/2023




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