ATHERLY, CAROLYN FRANCES - Our beloved and devoted daughter, sister, mother, aunt, cousin, grandmother and friend Carolyn Frances Atherly departed from this world on January 1, 2010. Carolyn was born on December 28, 1943 in Atlantic City Medical Center as a precious gift to Augustus Habron and Helen Sipes Habron. She graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1961 and immediately following, attended the University of Connecticut graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. After college Carolyn decided that she wanted to join President Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty and became a social worker. Soon afterwards, Carolyn began her career at Atlantic Human Resources Inc., a multi-service nonprofit agency in Atlantic City, which serves as an umbrella agency for Head Start and other programs which provide support, assistance and aide for low income families in Atlantic and Cape May County. "Mrs. A", which she was affectionately known by her staff as, later became the director of Social Services for Project Head Start, and eventually acquired the position of Director for the entire Head Start program in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Carolyn held positions on the Child Care Advisory Council of New Jersey, and also served several terms as the president of the New Jersey Association of Head Start Directors. Carolyn strived for perfection and excellence in her role as Director. She emphasized the goals of the Head Start organization ensuring that her staff and all associated with the program remembered that the object of the program was to provide early childhood education for low income and disadvantaged children ages 3-5. Carolyn who later became a resident of Egg Harbor Township, was known by township children as "Mrs. Shirley". Her door remained opened for children of her family, neighborhood, and township. Carolyn's belief in advocacy for children developed her home into an unofficial safe haven for children and there they came to have fun, relax and experience a freedom that gave them comfort and a break from their everyday lives. Carolyn had a strong personal relationship with the lord and was a member of the missionary society at St. Paul C.M.E. church in Egg Harbor City. Those who knew Carolyn, "Mrs. A", or "Mrs. Shirley" or ever came in contact with her were aware of her undying compassion, love, support and selflessness. She was a woman of great integrity and strength and will be truly missed. Carolyn Frances Atherly was predeceased by her father Augustus Habron and leaves her memory behind to be cherished by mother Helen Sipes Habron of Pleasantville; two children Loren Heath Atherly of Pleasantville, Amber Helene Atherly of Raleigh, NC; dear sister Burley E. James; special brother-in-law Marvin H. James Sr., both of Pleasantville; nephews Marvin H. James Jr. (Donna) of Lawrenceville, GA, Morris Edward James (Paula) of Rahway, Derek Augustus James of Pleasantville; grandchildren Sophia, Sydney, Sanai Atherly, Jeffrey Young all of Pleasantville; great nephews Marvin Hugh James III and Derek E. James both of Lawrenceville, GA; great nieces Kheri L. Moorman of Linden, Carolyn D. James, of Lawrenceville, GA; Karen Barker of Pleasantville; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and coworkers. Services will be held at St. Paul AME Church, 1203 Harrison Ave, Pleasantville at 11am where friends may visit from 10:30am. Entombment will be in The Egg Harbor City Mausoleum. Arrangements by Greenidge Funeral Home.
Published by The Press of Atlantic City on Jan. 6, 2010.
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yes it me
January 14, 2010
My most sincere condolences go out to the Atherly and the James families on the loss of Carolyn. As a 604 Portland Avenue neighbor who grew up with Carolyn and graduated with Burley from PHS, her loss really highlights our mortality and how precious life really is. I will keep the families in my prayers. God Bless.
Tommy Jones
January 13, 2010
To the Atherly & James Families,

Nothing is harder than losing someone you love. I feel your pain & share your sorrow. Take strength in your memories, and have faith in tomorrow.

Let God take you in His arms
and cover you with His love.
He knows the depth of your grief
and only He can give you peace.
He knows it will take time
for your heart to heal, and
your loved one has a place
that no one else can fill.

If there's any comfort let it be in this,
your loved one is with Jesus,
in a home that's filled with bliss.
There are no tears in Heaven,
no more heartache and no pain,
only love and happiness
for all eternity.

Be blessed & encouraged,
Monique P Johnson
January 12, 2010
Sophia, Sydney, and Amber,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with you during this time of grief. Remember love will never die; memories will still be there and should be treasured forever.

- "Ms. Karen" -Sci-Time Pre-K
Karen Pineiro-Chambliss
January 10, 2010
To the Atherly Family: My deepest symphathy to your family I remember your mom from from grandmom Mildred Goff who worked for Head Start in Woodbine NJ she was the cook there. Doreen Goff & Family Millville NJ 08332
January 8, 2010
Dear Loren and Amber,
With deepest sympathy as you proceed throught this time of sorrow. Your Mother, My Aunt will surely be missed but remembered for all that she did for her family and community. Stay Strong my dear cousins ... my love is with you all the way from Texas.
Gregg Anthony
January 7, 2010
To the Atherly family:
My deepest symphathy to your family during your time of grief.Remember the beautiful person she was and the legacy she left in our communities.May God Bless You and keep you in your time of sorrow.My prays and thoughs are with you.

Lower Township Head Start
Carolyn Boyd
January 7, 2010

January 7, 2010
Atherly,James Family:

Our condolences to your family. We were sadden to hear the loss of your loved one. Remember all the good times you spent with your loved one.

Generations Beauty/Salon
January 7, 2010
Amber, Sophia aand Sydney

I am deeply sadden to hear about the passing of your mother/grandmother. She was a beautiful women in so many ways. Keep your head up and remember the good times you shared with her. She will always be in your hearts. My condolences are with you and the rest of your family.
Marie Gerald
January 7, 2010
Loren and Amber Atherly,
The Woodbine Head Start and Early Head Start Staff is sending their deepest symphathy at this time of your loss. We're keeping you in our prayers. God Bless You!
Dorothea McNeal
January 7, 2010
To the Atherly, Habron and James Families,

Tonight, when you look up, dont think of them as stars. Think of them as porch lights, welcoming your loved one safely home. Sending you thoughts of peace during your time of sorrow.
Theresa Walker & Family
January 7, 2010
January 07,2010

My deepest and sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. May your days be filled with memories of precious times you spent together. May God comfort you during your time of healing.

Center Manager
Woodbine Head Start
Dorothea McNeal
January 7, 2010

I was truly sadden to hear of the passing of your Mother. May God's grace forever bless you and your family.

Sorrowfully Submitted,
Renee' Martinez
January 7, 2010
Dear Mrs. A you will surely be missed deeply.

To the family & friends, May GOD bless and comfort you, as you say your good-byes to a very wonderful lady.

Mrs. Brown (T.A.)
Cynthia Brown
January 6, 2010
Loren,I am praying for you and your family,
Loretta Jackson
January 6, 2010
I was deeply saddend to hear of your loss. May the words of comfort rest gently upon your heart, and in time may they become words of healing. with deepest sympathy.
Theresa Davis
January 6, 2010
Habron & Atherly families: I've known of Carolyn for over 40 years from a very good high school friend. I've had the pleasure of getting to know her personally in the last 5 years which confirmed all the wonderful things I was told. I know she is being well cared for.
Judith Evans
January 6, 2010
My sincere condolences to the family.
I worked with Carolyn in the Head Start Program.

Cynthia Shannon-Cundiff H.
January 6, 2010
Lauren,Amber,Burley & Mother
You have had the priveledge of recieving a wonderful gift in the person of Carolyn Atherly.She made you,her family the center of her universe.As much as she cared and was concerned for the welfare of the children in her charge, it paled in comparison to her love and devotion to you. Your lives are better because God allowed her to be an anchor in your lives.
As you grieve and please do,do so remembering we do not grieve as those who have no hope. For we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Your mother,sister and daughter was a wonderful God fearing woman who had a relationship with Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. Therefore, grieve the loss of your loved one but rejoice in the fact that Carolyn worked hard to get where she is now. She lived a life, though not perfect, acceptable to the Lord and she shall recieve her reward.
I say these things in confidence for I have had the emmence pleasure of knowing Carolyn for over thirty years.
Continue the legacy by making sure you care for the needs of others.
That God continue to bless you is my prayer.
January 6, 2010
To the family of "Ms. A"

My thoughts and prayers are with you. The heavens are a better place now because she is there. I remember a woman who gave me a chance to prove what I could contribute to the Head Start Program and to my family, and I will always be thankful for that. God bless!
Leslie Koehler
January 6, 2010
To Carolyn's Family: It was with sadness that I learned of my friend Carolyn's homegoing. Carolyn and I spent many happy and fun-filled days during our childhood growing up on Portland Ave. in Pleasantville. May the peace of God which passeth all understanding, comfort and sustain you during this difficult time. Keep looking up, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
You have my deepest sympathy and prayers.
Dennis Jones
January 6, 2010
The family of Gary & Gladys Bethune offer our condolence to your family. Our prayers are with you at this time. May you trust God's mercy and grace, and allow Him to wipe away any sorrow and all tears. My wife is deeply moved by passing for she worked with Ms Atherly for many years.Through all of the feeling of lost we must remember that to be absent from the body in to be present with God. May the Father of love be allowed to give you peace.

Gladys&Gary Bethune
Gladys Bethune
January 6, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
claudette Thomas
January 6, 2010
The Habron/Atherly Families

I have wonderful memories of the time we spent on "Portland Ave" growing up. Carolyn and I were best friends. Our friendship continued through the years. We kept up to date on what was going on in each others lives.

I will miss her, I will miss hearing her voice on the other end of the phone and knowing she was just a phone call away.
Keep the memories of her alive in your heart, remember her laugh and her special smile.

I will keep you in my prayers
Maria Taylor
January 6, 2010
To the Atherly, Habron, James Families

Sincere sympathy in the passing of Carolyn. She and I were classmates and friends in Pleasantville. Carolyn was truly a wonderful, caring and compassionate person. She will be missed.
Linda Porter Williams
January 6, 2010
Atherly&James Family

My Heart goes out to you all. I will keep you all in my prays.
Phyllis Harris
January 6, 2010
Amber and Family,
My sincere condolences to you and your family. "Mrs. Shirley" as I knew her was so sweet and gracious. My thoughts and prayers are with you.I will always remember the "Woodcrest" days with you, T-kia (my daughter), Nikki, Christina etc., runninig in and out of our houses. You guys were Mrs. Shirley's girls. May she rest in peace.
Kim Spencer (Hudgins)
January 6, 2010
Loren & Amber
My heart and prayers go out to you two at this time of sorrow.Your mom was like a mom to all who grew up in Woodcrest and she will be missed. I am here if either one of you two need me im just a call away if you need to talk. Love you two

love Beverly
Beverly Devlin
January 6, 2010
Loren and Amber, may God keep and Bless you @ this time. Aunt Carolyn was our 'aunt', regardless of lack of DNA. She changed our diapers, fed and burped us just as an aunt or mother would do. We loved her and will truly miss her. My mom and I went to see Aunt Carolyn three weeks ago and I am so thankful for that. Thank y'all for sharing her with our family.

Your extended family, The Brathwaite Family(Uncle Squirrel, Aunt Sallie, Nathaniel, Leon and Bonnie) are only a phone call away if needed for anything. Luv y'all.
Bonnie Brathwaite
January 6, 2010
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Sharon Brown
January 6, 2010

We went through school and cheerleading together and I only talked to your mother a few times and she was a wonderful woman. I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thought and prayers.
Christina Raymond (Nelson)
January 6, 2010
I first meet Carolyn in October of 1980. Not only did she give me the opportunity to work in my chosen field. But also gave me the faith to believe that I could accomplish, the impossible,and gave me the opportunity to prove it. I still work and advocate for children with developmental disabilities, and their families. I will always remember Mrs. Atherly, the person who gave me my first steps,in a career of working with children with developmental disabilities and their families. To the family of Carolyn I extend my deepest sympathy.My thoughts and prayers will be with you all on this day of sadness. May God bless you and keep you. I love you all.

Leola Avery
January 6, 2010
Sorry for your lost
Joe Blackwell
Joe Blackwell
January 6, 2010
Loren and Amber my heart goes out to both of you. we all grew up together and all of our moms were each others moms. She will be missed was a great woman.
Lov Ya
Ayanna Smith n Family
Ayanna Smith
January 6, 2010
Karen & Loren,
I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can ease the pain. Know that you are in my prayers and in my heart.
David Prescott
January 6, 2010
Hi Amber, I saw your status on FB and searched to find the obituary online and I now see what a wonderful woman your mother was. I'm sure she's deeply missed and I pray that you and your family will look to God to get you through your time of sorrow!

Your in my prayers Atherly family!
Latrice M
January 6, 2010
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