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Anne Marie (Stewart) Raymond


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Anne Marie (Stewart) Raymond Obituary
Anne Marie Stewart Raymond, 82, of Atlanta, passed away May 1, 2018, following a brief illness. Anne was born at home in Moultrie, Georgia, January 17, 1936, to Della Davis Stewart and John Gordon Stewart. As a child, Anne lived in LaGrange, GA, Dothan, AL and graduated from Miller High School in Macon. She received a full tuition scholarship to Wesleyan College, graduating magna cum laude in 1958 as a proud member of the Class of Purple Knights. Following her graduation with a degree in journalism and English, Anne went to work for The Macon Telegraph as a reporter and feature writer. She worked with Blythe McKay and Susan Myrick, two veteran female journalists, who were mentors and friends. As an intern at The Telegraph, Anne met the love of her life, John Francis Raymond, a reporter and editorial cartoonist for the newspaper. They married August 31, 1958. The couple moved to Atlanta in 1965, when John was hired at the Atlanta Journal, where he was a copyreader, columnist (""That's Life""), and book review editor. Anne began work as a public relations specialist at the Georgia Department of Education in 1965. For more than 25 years, Anne served as the Director of Information and Publications for the Georgia Department of Education, where she worked for three State School Superintendents whom she admired and respected, Dr. Jack Nix, Dr. Charles McDaniel, and Dr. Werner Rogers. She worked closely with education leaders on major initiatives like the Quality Basic Education Act, the implementation of statewide Kindergarten and Governor Miller's lottery for education initiatives. Among her many accomplishments in public education are the establishment of the recognition of excellence in education programs Georgia Teacher of the Year and the Georgia Schools of Excellence. She also was instrumental in the formation of the Georgia School Public Relations Association, which exists to promote and support public education in the state. The GSPRA outstanding service award is named for her. Anne retired from the Department of Education in 1995.
Anne and John loved art, literature, music, entertaining (often with Anne singing and John playing classical guitar), sailing Lake Lanier on their boat, ""Wotthehell."" Anne's many and varied passions included gardening and all things related to plants and flowers, needlework, volunteer work with the Quota Club of Northside Atlanta, her Joy II Sunday school class at Briarlake Baptist Church, spoiling many rescue cats over the years, reading, as well as, shopping to fill shoe boxes for children through Samaritan's Purse and, especially, spending time with friends. Anne was preceded in death by parents, Della and Gordon Stewart, husband John F. Raymond, brother William (Bill) Stewart, sister-in-law Mildred Stewart, nephew Derek Stewart and sister-in-law Barbara Raymond. She is survived by her brother-in-law William A. (Bill) Raymond of Ridley Park, PA, nephew Jack Raymond and his wife, Michelle, of Chadds Ford, PA, and their four children; cousin Dr. John Jefferson Davis and his wife, Robin, of Hamilton, MA, and their five children.
Anne always thought herself fortunate to have many friends and former colleagues whom she treasured as family; they will miss her kind and gentle spirit. There will be a memorial service in Atlanta Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at Briarlake Baptist Church chapel, followed by a private burial in Southern Pines, NC.
Contributions in Anne's memory may be made to Wesleyan College, Carnes Lecture Series, 4760 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210; the Atlanta Humane Society, 981 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, or Samaritan's Purse, samaritanspurse.org. AS Turner and Sons Funeral Home Decatur, Ga Raymond, Stewart, Anne Marie
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 16 to May 17, 2018
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