AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Elisabeth Bryans Claussen, 81, of Johns Road, Augusta, beloved wife of the late Mr. Henry Herman Claussen, entered into rest Thursday, November 14, 2002, at her residence. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2002, at Westover Memorial Park with the Rev. Robert D. Fain officiating. Survivors include two sons, J.C. Henry Claussen III, of Augusta and Charles Iverson Claussen of Atlanta; three daughters, Louise Keith Claussen of Augusta, Elisabeth Winter Claussen of Lanse, Penn.; and Anne Wilcox Claussen of Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Frances Robinson Claussen of Augusta; three grandchildren, Rebecca Louise Claussen, Henry H. Claussen III, both of Augusta and Galya Elisabeth Claussen of Sarasota, Fla.; two dear friends, Myra Machmer and Eunice Wilson and her beloved cats, Ike and Mamie. A native of Augusta, Mrs. Claussen was a member of The Episcopal Church the Good Shepherd. She was active in community affairs, having served on the board of the Widows Home for over 50 years, and was president of the board at the time of her death. She was a longtime member of the Augusta town Committee of the Colonial Dames, the Augusta Country Club, and the Gateway Garden Club. She was a past member of the Junior League of Augusta, the board of the Augusta Assembly, and the Alexander Keith Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Over the years she had been a volunteer with numerous organizations including the Red Cross, the Girl Scouts, and Verterans Hospitals. She attended William Robinson and Tubman schools, Augusta Junior College, and Mary Baldwin College. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1942. She was president of Zeta Rho Sigma in junior college and a member of Phi Mu at the University of Georgia, where she was also Kappa Alpha Rose, a member of Pandora Beauty Court and was a finalist for Maid of Cotton. In 1942, she was the national Poppy Girl, and launched the poppy anchor off the Admirals yacht at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. She was also the state college badminton champion in 1942. She had her first poem published at age 9, and in her college years, she published poetry that was reprinted in national magazines. In the early 1940s, she was society editor of the Augusta Chronicle. In the 1980s she opened and ran an antique shop called Long Ago and Faraway. If so desired, memorials may be made to CSRA Humane Society, 1301 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901 or Historic Augusta, 1110th Street, Augusta, GA 30901. Platts Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, Ga. 30904. 733-3636.
The Augusta Chronicle November 16, 2002