Martha Sue Brown, 1942-2013

Westminster, South Carolina
June 22, 2013

Martha Sue Brown Cornish, most recently of Atlanta, Georgia, died peacefully on June 22, 2013. She was born on September 11, 1942 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas.

After graduation from Hall High School in 1960, Martha received a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a master's degree in French from the Paris-Sorbonne University. She taught English in Little Rock, French when she and her husband lived in New York City and became a certified Montessori pre-school teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan before they moved to Savannah, Georgia.

Martha was an active member of the Savannah community from 1980 to 1996. She attended Christ Church Episcopal where she regularly worshipped and served as president of the Episcopal Church Women and a volunteer at Emmaus House. She later served on the Vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. After her daughters graduated from Savannah Country Day School, she taught English at Beach High School.

Martha was a very thoughtful, loving and observant woman, who enjoyed all parts of life and the physical beauty of the world around her. Beyond anything else, though, she took enormous pleasure in spending time with her grandchildren, who affectionately referred to her as "Bammy."

Her parents, Wana Wood Brown and Fred Edgar Brown predeceased her.

Survivors include: her husband, H. L. "Pete" Cornish, Jr.; two daughters, Virginia Wood Cornish of New York City and Eleanor Cornish Chu of Boston, Massachusetts; Virginia's husband, Don Rollock, and their children, Chloe Wood, Griffin Lyndon and Isaura Wood; Ellie's husband, Brian Chu, and their sons, Dylan Kirkpatrick Jiaqi and Lyndon Harrison Jiawei; and many loved cousins and their children.

The graveside service and burial will be at 1 pm on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Ramsey Creek Preserve outside Westminster, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club or the AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer.

Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com

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