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Margaret (Black) Cruce

July 7, 1929 ~ June 20, 2020 (age 90)

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Margaret Black Cruce, age 90 of Clarkesville, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020.

Born in Clarkesville, Georgia on July 7, 1929, Mrs. Cruce was the daughter of the late Thomas Lester and Margaret Oma Gastley Black.  Mrs. Cruce an educator at North Georgia Technical College where she taught Cosmetology for 31 years.  Mrs. Cruce was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and actively participated in many mission trips.  Mrs. Cruce was a member of the Clarkesville Garden Club and enjoyed playing golf. She hosted a foreign exchange student, Romana, from Croatia, who she considered part of her extended family. After retirement, Mrs. Cruce was a lady attendant at Hillside Memorial Chapel in Clarkesville for over 12 years.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cruce was preceded in death by her first husband William Tyson Cruce, brothers John Larry Black and Jerry Brown “Red” Black, sister Beverly Black Coffer and brother in law Dr. Charles Green. 

Survivors include husband Bill Bellisle of Clarkesville, son William Michael Cruce (Nancy) of Cleveland, daughter Pennie Cruce Cobb of Clarkesville, brother Jimmy Black (Linda Jean) of Demorest, sisters Carolyn Black Landrum (Everett), Barbara Black Green and Beth Black all of Clarkesville, sister in law Linda Gail Black Marshall of Clarkesville, sister in law Carol Black of Duluth, sister in law Rowena Lovell (Hubert) of Clarkesville, sister in law Betty Dove Cruce Watkins of Cartersville, brother in law M.L. Coffer of Fleming, grandchildren Tyler Cruce, Kelli Cruce, and Carter Cruce, great grandchild Jax Cruce, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.  The family would also like to extended their sincere gratitude to Margaret’s caregivers: Mekia Gordon, Maria Juarez and Amy Perteet.

Private graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church, P.O. Box 488, Clarkesville, Georgia 30523.

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Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256

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Private Services

Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery
624 Highway 197 North
Clarkesville, GA 30523

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