Obituary: Marcia Mays Kurtz

Obituary: Marcia Mays Kurtz

Marcia Mays Kurtz, of Marietta, Ga., died Sunday, March 5, in Marietta, surrounded by her family and friends.

Marcia Mays Kurtz, of Marietta, Ga., died Sunday, March 5, in Marietta, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born May 5, 1953, in Brooklet, Ga. She is preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Elizabeth Denmark Mays McElveen, and her father, John Ford Mays. She is survived by her spouse of 43 years Stuart Kurtz, her daughter, Lauren Lewin (Daniel Lewin), her son, Jonathan Kurtz (Shannon Kurtz), her four grandchildren, Kelby, Cooper, Reagan, and Wade, her sister, Bonnie Underwood (Kai Underwood), as well as many extended family members.

Stuart and Marcia met on a blind date coordinated by Stuart’s best friend in May of 1973. They enjoyed their relationship of 50 years from that first blind date until Marcia’s death.

Marcia was an elementary school teacher for 33 years and retired from Cobb County Schools in 2008. For most of her teaching career, she taught kindergarten and first grade. Education was her passion, and she impacted many students, parents, and colleagues over her career. Many of those same colleagues she maintained life-long friendships with after retirement.

Marcia and Stuart raised their two children in Marietta. Marcia loved her family wholeheartedly. She loved raising and educating her children and making sure her children had the same passion and quest for knowledge that she had. Her sole hobby in life was to enjoy her family and that enjoyment grew to new heights with the birth of her grandchildren.

Marcia’s personality was such that she was a friend to everyone who met her and an enemy to none. Marcia is known to all who knew her to have had an infectious love of life. Her ready smile, her infectious laugh, her easy-going nature, and positive life outlook impacted all who knew her. Marcia loved adventures with her family and friends and was always excited to try new things and visit new places. Marcia had a warm, beautiful, positive, and kind soul and is greatly missed by all who knew her.

A funeral was held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt. Vernon Hwy., NW, Sandy Springs, GA, followed by a reception at 2:00 p.m., at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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