Liz Tannhauser

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Memorial services for Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Tannhauser, 65, of Climax, Ga., will be held Saturday, April 3, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Bainbridge with Gerald A. Little officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Ivey Funeral Home.

Born May 23, 1944, in Bainbridge, Ms. Tannhauser died on Sunday, March 28, 2010, in Bainbridge.

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Ms. Tannhauser was the daughter of John U. Tannhauser of Stuttgart, Germany, and Mirian Townsend Tannhauser of Climax. She was a graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md., and Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., later receiving a master’s from the University of Maryland. Upon graduation from Queens College, Ms. Tannhauser began a 30-year teaching career with Maryland’s Montgomery County public school system, retiring from her final position as the principal of Cashell Elementary in Olney, Md.

After retiring from teaching, Ms. Tannhauser moved to Climax to make her home and work with her family to oversee the continued preservation of the family home at Curry Hill. Known in the family and out, as the organizer and the program director, she was a church elder and became heavily involved with the Sunday school programs at the First Presbyterian Church.

She served as the executive director of Keep Decatur County Beautiful (winning both the 2005 Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful Affiliate of the year awards), was named 2005 Decatur County Woman of the Year, and assisted in organizing the annual Women’s Retreat. In addition to her community involvement, Ms. Tannhauser traveled with friends to the Canadian Rockies, England and the Curry ancestral home in Scotland, as well as a long sojourn to a Villa in Tuscany and an extensive tour of Italy.

Survivors include her sister, Margaret Tannhauser Hucks of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; and her cousins, Louisa Martin of Tallahassee, Fla., Leonor Blum of Baltimore, Md., Frank Bowne of Annapolis, Md., Mary Jane Wells of Climax, Mary Townsend of Louisville, Ohio, and Henry Townsend of Dublin, Ga., as well as several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.