Emma Caroline Sharp Marge (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Emma Caroline Sharp Marge, 89, of Augusta, Georgia, passed away on September 20, 2011 after a long struggle with Alzheimers disease. Emma was born October 20, 1921 in Milford Neck, DE to Ira Jessie and Annie Mae Sharp. After spending her early years on the family farm, she moved to the town of Frederica as an early teen and graduated from Felton High School in 1937. As a young career woman, she moved to Wilmington, DE where she met her future husband, Gabriel (Tony) Marge. Embracing the life of a military wife, Emma moved throughout the states and Europe, enjoying the adventure of living in such diverse places as Big Delta in the Alaskan Territory and Salzburg, Austria. Upon settling in Augusta, GA with her family, Emma fulfilled a life-long dream to become a nurse when she returned to school in her forties to earn her degree. After a short stint as a neonatal nurse, she spent the rest of her career as a nurse at Gracewood State School and Hospital, providing twenty-three years of loving care to the residents there. Emma is survived by two children, Wayne (Arlene) Marge, Mary Ann (Eric) Marriott, five grandchildren, Tony (Cheryl) Marge, Jennifer (Jeff) Kreitz, Timothy (Amy) Marriott, Mark Marge, Rachel (Chad) Landing, as well as eight great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Sgt.Maj Tony Marge, as well as her parents and brother, Jesse Sharp. A loyal friend and mother, fierce Pinochle player, and avid beach goer, Emma loved nothing more than being surrounded by her pets, friends and family, cooking large meals for the crowd, and celebrating life. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11am at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel. Entombment will be private. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6-8pm at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Emma's home church, Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Rd, Augusta, GA, 30906. The family would like to offer the sincerest of thanks to the staff of Brookdale Place Assisted Living for all of their love and care during the past three years. To quote Emma's favorite hymn, (In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore). She will be missed. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com/obits

The Augusta Chronicle-September 22, 2011