Obituary of Carolyn Frances Atherly
Our beloved and devoted daughter, sister, mother, aunt, cousin, grandmother and friend, CAROLYN FRANCES ATHERLY, departed from this world on January 1, 2010. Carolyn was born on December 28, 1943, in Atlantic City Hospital as a precious gift to Augustus Habron and Helen Sipes Habron.
She graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1961 and immediately following, attended the University of Connecticut graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. After college Carolyn decided that she wanted to join President Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty and became a social worker. Soon afterwards, Carolyn began her career at Atlantic Human Resources Incorporated, a multi-service nonprofit agency in Atlantic City which serves as an umbrella agency for Head Start and other programs which provide support, assistance and aide for low income families in Atlantic and Cape May County. "Mrs. A", which she was affectionately known by her staff, later became the director of Social Services for Project Head Start, and eventually acquired the position of Director for the entire Head Start program in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Carolyn held positions on the Child Care Advisory Council of New Jersey, and also served several terms as the president of the New Jersey Association of Head Start Directors. Carolyn strived for perfection and excellence in her role as Director. She emphasized the goals of the Head Start organization ensuring that her staff and all associated with the program remembered that the object of the program was to provide early childhood education for low income and disadvantaged children ages three to five.
Carolyn, who later became a resident of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, was known by township children as "Mrs. Shirley". Her door remained opened for children of her family, neighborhood, and township. Carolyn's belief in advocacy for children developed her home into an unofficial safe haven for children and there they came to have fun, relax and experience a freedome that gave them comfort and a break from their everyday lives.
Carolyn had a strong personal relationship with the Lord and was a member of the missionary society at Saint Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Egg Harbor City. Those who knew or came in contact with Carolyn, "Mrs. A", or "Mrs. Shirley" were aware of her undying compassion, love support and selflessness. She was a woman of great integrity and strength and will be truly missed.
Carolyn Frances Atherly was predeceased by her father, Augustus Habron and leaves her memory behind to be cherished by: her mother, Helen Sipes Habron of Pleasantville; two children, Loren Heath Atherly of Pleasantville and Amber Helene Atherly of Raleigh, North Carolina; dear sister, Burley E. James and special brother-inlaw, Marvin H. James, Sr., both of Pleasantville; nephews, Marvin H. James, Jr., (Donna) of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Morris Edward James (Paula) of Rahway, and Derek Augustus James of Pleasantville; grandchildren, Sophia, Sydney, Sanai Atherly and Jeffrey Young, all of Pleasantville; great nephews, Marvin Hugh James III and Derek E. James, both of Lawrenceville, Georgia; great nieces, Kheri L. Moorman of Linden, Carolyn D. James, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Karen Barker of Pleasantville; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and coworkers.