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McCORMICK, Celeste Celeste Mary Madonna McCormick, born in Sunrise, Florida on October 16, 1985 to Frank and Kathy Madonna, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Beloved by her husband, parents, siblings, grandparents, niece, and nephews, she was known for her kind heart, strong hugs, and love of her family, but mostly for her love for Jesus Christ who motivated all that she did. She had an amazing capacity to love with all of her being. Everyone she met was a friend and she made everyone in her life feel like they were special. Her laugh was contagious and her passion for her Savior and her church were evident in all that she did. Celeste lived life to the fullest and held many roles in her 27 years of life: Wife, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, Zizi (Aunt), Cousin, Niece, Friend, Student at Word of Life Bible School in Argentina & France, Resident Assistant at Liberty University, Recreation Leader for Student Life Camps, High School Spanish Teacher at Trinity Christian School, Nanny for Elliott & Hammie, UpStreet Groups Director for the Children's Ministry of Gwinnett Church, but most importantly a Follower of Jesus Christ. She met the love of her life, Ryan McCormick, while they served together for Student Life Camps during the summer of 2007. They quickly fell in love, became engaged the following July, and married on March 28th, 2009. Their wedding reception was held in Ryan's Grandmother's barn. The whimsical wedding décor and lively atmosphere was a product of Celeste's creativity, hard work, heart, and fun spirit. Celeste's Do-It-Yourself attitude and flair for decorating was reflected in their homes as well. They made their first home in Peachtree City, GA for almost 2 years before moving to Roswell, GA in the fall of 2011. Ryan and Celeste were best friends and enjoyed sharing life together. They loved their three dogs, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, sharing life with their small group (five couples who met regularly for Bible study and encouragement), working together at their church, traveling, and tackling home projects together. Her love for travel took her on many adventures around the world. She embraced every opportunity, loved to try new things, and never knew a stranger. She lived abroad in Argentina, France, and Guatemala, which cultivated her love for Hispanic culture. She became fluent in Spanish and always looked for opportunities to use her Spanish to help others. Hours before she left this world, she expressed her excitement that recently she had opened every area of her life to the Lord and had resolved to allow God to use her entire life story for His purposes in the new year. Her heartfelt desire to be used by God in a greater way has become reality that none of us could have predicted or imagined. Although our hearts will never be the same, the story of her life will continue through her influence to challenge others to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, to live life more fully every day, and to love others intentionally. Celeste and Ryan both serve on staff and attend Gwinnett Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the FOR Gwinnett building campaign of Gwinnett Church. Online donations can be made at or you can make your check payable to "Gwinnett Church (FOR GWINNETT)" and mail it to North Point Ministries, 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022 A public celebration of Celeste's earthly life is scheduled for Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the East Auditorium of North Point Community Church, 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA. For those unable to attend, a live webcast will be available that evening, to view the service, go online to: The family of Celeste Mary Madonna McCormick is grateful for all the prayers and expressions of love during this sad time in our lives. Celeste is survived by her husband, Ryan McCormick of Roswell, GA: her parents, Frank & Kathy Madonna of Woodstock, GA: her in-laws, Mac & Melanie McCormick of Fayetteville, GA; her sister and family, Joan and Josh Laxton, Caleb, Ellie & Luke Laxton of Kansas City, MO; her brother and family, Frank & Suzy Madonna, Maverick Madonna of Canton, GA; her sister-in-law and her husband, Meredith & Matthew Talmage of Covington, GA.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 6, 2013
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