Martha Joy Cronemiller, 80, formerly of Savannah, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Eva (Otto) Cronemiller; and her siblings, George Cronemiller, Dorothy Cronemiller, Max Cronemiller, Jr., and Donald Cronemiller.
Martha was born and raised in Savannah and lived most of her adult life in and around Georgia. Martha lived a rich full life by not allowing her diagnosis of Down Syndrome to limit her possibilities. She held a job, volunteered, and participated in the Kindness Rocks project at her local library before the pandemic. Martha was a valuable contributor to her community and loved to toss back a cold beer or mimosa from time to time. At the age of 80, Martha was a living example of the power of community integration for those with developmental disabilities. Her longevity has been recognized yearly by the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta. She was recently reunited with several long-lost extended family members, Jeff and Dale Cronemiller, and Carl Cronemiller.
Martha will be missed by her housemates, Mary Ellen, Sybil, and Lindsey, her many longtime caregivers, especially Suzanna Holl and RaeAnn Harvey, and her many cousins.
Donations can be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta in her honor.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Bonaventure Cemetery.
It was an honor to have been a part of Martha's life for the last 5 years. You were funny and feisty and never missed a beat. May you rest in peace my friend.
- Lisa Reisman, Dunwoody, GA
Martha will be missed ❤️ Love and condolences to the care takers who have been her family and loved and cared for her
- Kat Cronemiller, Gainesville , Ga
May her Dear and Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace. Martha would be greatly missed. My condolences to the family members. And May the Comforter, the Holy Spirit of GOD Comfort all sundriess in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!
- Edemanwan Akpan, Norcross, GA - Georgia
Martha will truly be miss. Sensing hugs to heaven and to her newly found family.
- Tammy Taylor, College Park, GA
Please accept my condolences in the loss of Martha. As a child, I lived in the same block of 66th St. in Savannah, as Martha did. I always enjoyed waving and talking to Martha when seeing her out and about in the neighborhood. I'm happy to know she lived a productive, long life. It has probably been almost 50 years since I've seen her.
- Liz Deason Purdee, Guyton, GA
I grew up four doors down the street from Martha, in the 1970s. I knew her as the most harmless and compassionate soul you will ever meet in your life. May she Rest in Peace.
- David Cole, Savannah, Georgia
My sincere condolences to the Cronemiller family and extended family of Martha. It has been a pleasure to have known Martha. She was indeed a Joy to be around. She will be missed. I hope she's happy to be with her family. Sleep in eternal peace Martha Joy Cronemiller.
- Giselle Thomas, Dunwoody, Georgia
Sweet Martha. It was a blessing to be apart of your life. You will be missed. I love you. Rest In Peace my friend.
- RaeAnn Harvey, Douglasville , GA
Martha was my cousin and spent many days visiting at my house and my grandmother's. My wife was her Social worker at Chatham Nursing Home. We were transferred out of state and lost track of Martha for many years. She always had a smile on her face and love in her heart. God bless her!
- Richard Ellis Brown, Townsend, Georgia
Martha, the over an hour drive for nearly two years caring for you on my 12 hour shift’s at Phoenix Living are memories I’ll always remember. You were one of a kind. Just like myself.. Love always & forever #TwoBorn&RaisedSavannahQueens.. You’ve earned your wings.. #Fly.. I love you ❤️
- Julia, McDonough , Georgia
Rest in Martha it was a pleasure knowing
- Sharanelle Patterson, Dallas , GA
Rest in peace Martha it was a pleasure knowing you. Condolences to the family.
- Sharanelle Patterson, Dallas , GA