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Emilie Virginia Martin
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Emilie Virginia Martin, 71, of Dawsonville, died Oct. 23, 2015.

Mrs. Martin believed a teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

Mrs. Martin was born Jan. 2, 1944 in Baltimore, Md., to the late Emerald and Doris Schleicher.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Towson University and after moving to Georgia, she earned her master's degree from Georgia State University.

Emilie was a beloved school teacher to so many students. She taught pre-k through third grade, beginning her teaching career in Dekalb County.

She then moved to Douglasville, where she spent approximately 20 years working in the Douglas County School System.

After retiring, she moved to Dawson County to enjoy the water and mountains.

Her love of children drew her back to teaching, first with Head Start and then helping to implement the inaugural Bright from the Start Georgia VPK program in the Dawson County School System at Blacks Mill and Kilough Elementary.

Emilie loved Jimmy Buffett, national parks, travel, reading, puzzles, her family and working with children, where she loved being a part of their lives.

Her husband, Don Martin, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Catherine and Doug Wright of Indialantic, Fla.; grandchildren, Ana Cate and Ethan Wright of Indialantic, Fla.; sister, Anne Stockbridge of Baltimore, Md.; brother, Moe Schleicher of Baltimore, Md.; various other relatives also survive.

The family will receive friends from 10 .am.-noon Nov. 7 at Bearden Funeral Home with a memorial service being held at 11 a.m.

Her family encourages those who knew and loved her to post their favorite photo and story to her Facebook page, https//www.facebook.com/emilie.s.martin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Yellowstone Park Foundation, www.ypf.org, or the National Parks Foundation, www.nationalparks.org.

Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville is in charge of the arrangements.