Marie Teague Cranston

Marie Teague Cranston, 87, a former resident of Augusta, Georgia, died at Chestnut Hill in Highlands after a brief illness.

The graveside service was at Summerville Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday, February 3 at 10  a.m. Officiating clergy included her son-in-law, the Rev. Michael H. Cleckler from All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood, Alabama.

A celebration of her life will be conducted at Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers on May 26, at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Cranston is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Cranston Whitham (Wayne) of Richmond, Virginia, and Elizabeth Cranston Cleckler (Mike) of Birmingham, Alabama; four grandchildren, Ann Whitham Cundy (Steve), Craig Cranston Whitham,(Christina) Joseph Bryan Boudreaux (Kathleen), and James Scott Boudreaux Jr.; and four great-grandchildren, John Harford Cundy (Ford), Eleanor Thomas Cundy, Jackson Teague Boudreaux (Jack), and Elizabeth Minann Boudreaux (Ella).

A lifelong resident of Augusta, Georgia, she was born on May 23, 1930 to Newton Nesbitt and Claire Ellis Teague and was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years, John Craig Cranston, who had maintained a branch of his engineering firm, now Cranston Engineering, in Cashiers for more than 25 years.

She graduated from Chatham Hall and spent two years at Mary Baldwin College before returning to Augusta, Georgia to work as a lab assistant at the Medical College of Georgia and to marry Craig Cranston. While most of her married life was spent in Augusta, Georgia, she and her husband had maintained a second residence, Fiddlers Green in Cashiers, for the past 50 years.

Mrs. Cranston was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America and the Sand Hills Garden Club of Augusta, Georgia. An accomplished gardener and cook, she was widely appreciated for her cheerful undertaking of many projects of varying scope and difficulty.

In addition, she was a devoted grandmother, instilling in her four grandchildren a love of the outdoors and all growing things. She cared for aging family members, countless family dogs, cemetery plots, back yard gardens and her husband, with energy and good humor. She discovered her talents as a water colorist in the 1970s and painted local landscapes prolifically over the last 25 years.

The family will receive friends after the service in the parish house of Church of the Good Shepherd at 2248 Walton Way. The family thanked the Rev. Robert Fain for the use of church facilities.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorials be made to Historic Augusta Inc. or the Highlands Land Trust. Online condolences are available at

Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Cranston family.











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