Marsha Violet Chesnut Claus died Feb. 16, 2014, at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, Ga., surrounded by family and friends. Born Sept. 14, 1964, Marsha was 49 years old.
A teacher by trade, Marsha loved children. She served as an elementary school teacher in Illinois from 1992 to 1994 and again at John L. Coble Elementary School (grades pre-k through 8) in Calhoun, Ga., part-time from 2005-2009 and full-time from 2009-2013. She wore many hats and served as a librarian, yearbook sponsor, and taught a variety of topics including language arts and religion. She worked as a sales clerk for the Adventist Book Center in Wisconsin from 1997-2004. She also served as a deaconess and head deaconess at the Calhoun Adventist Church.
She completed her bachelor’s degree from Southern Adventist University in elementary education in 1992, also completing an associate’s degree in Office Administration in 1986. In 2009 she completed a master’s of education with an emphasis in curriculum, instruction, and assessment from Walden University, A memorial service for Marsha Chesnut Claus is planned for Sabbath, March 15, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church (1411 Rome Road SW, Calhoun, Ga.) Rick and Eric Claus request that any current and former teachers who are planning to attend please sit in a reserved section for educators during the service, and any students (even if Marsha did not serve as their teacher) be seated in a section for students, if they so choose.
A lover of Gatlinburg, Alaska, penguins, and cats, Marsha is survived by her husband of 21 years, Rick Claus and son, Eric Claus, both of Calhoun, Ga.; parents, Norman and Rosa Chesnut of Martinsburg, W.Va..; brother, Robert Chesnut of Charleston, Ill.; and sister, Mary Rose Yoder of Lake Mary, Fl.