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Celeste Howser Causey

July 23, 1927January 5, 2021

Celeste Howser Causey, 93, of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at her home.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church of Kimesville.

Celeste was the daughter of the late Sellman and Celeste Lovell Howser. She was also preceded in death by her husband, J. Clark Causey; and brothers, Sellman “Buddy” Howser and William “Bill” Howser.

She leaves behind her children, Steve Causey (Gwenne), Jan Rusenko (Bob), Brian Causey (Donna), and Linda Causey; grandchildren, Kenneth Clark Causey, Joseph Brian Causey (Katie), Michael Robert Rusenko (Bethany), James Clark Rusenko, Daniel Causey (Misty), Whitney Celeste Foley (Steven), Satchel Celeste Causey; great-grandchildren, Sebastian Weatherford, Anna Claire Rusenko and Lucille Celeste Foley; sisters, Grace “Peggy” Corum and Barbara Matthews; and special sister-in-laws, Mary Howser and Mitchie Hall.

Celeste graduated from Nathanel Greene High School in 1944 and Duke University, School of Nursing in 1948. She worked at Wesley Long Hospital in the Newborn Nursery in Greensboro for 30 years. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church since 1950.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant UMC Scholarship Fund: 4400 Alamance Church Road, Liberty, NC 27298.

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Joan Cox

January 10, 2021

To Celeste's Family -- 2 memories:
I began visiting Clark and Celeste more than six years ago. They remembered my father and brother, and told me stories of those days, the church, the community, and the social life. Clark related that there was a Social coming up, and a young lady asked if he could give her a ride. He said he could. When the evening came, he picked the young lady up as requested. They were conversing pleasantly until he made a second pick Celeste up. That was the end of the conversation, and she did not ask for a ride home. Clarke looked at me and said with a big smile, "God knew who was right for me." Then he looked at Celeste and said, "He sent me the right one." Clarke was sitting in the chair in the corner, and Celeste, sitting at the end of the sofa next to him, looked up briefly, then back down, smiling like a school girl.
The second story is one of many I could tell about her and Jilli, my little black dog, who pulled me to the door as soon as we got to Celeste's house, scratched at the door to get in, then tore through the kitchen, hall and living room to get to Celeste and start pawing and licking. It was mutual love. A couple of Christmases ago, we were visiting and Celeste told me she wasn't sending any Christmas cards that year. Then she picked up an envelope from her end table and handed it to me. On the front, it said "Jilli". The rest of us didn't get Christmas cards, but Jilli did. I loved it. That was so Celeste. She knew what was important.

Satchel Causey

January 8, 2021

Grandma loved people sacrificially. She would always think of others ahead of herself. As a child she would read to me until i fell asleep and even until she would lose her voice. I felt incredibly loved by this. She knew how to make ordinary moments feel special, i remember a few years ago saying i wanted s’mores, and then a few days later she had purchased the things and we made s’mores in the basement fire. Grandma loved people, and she loved them well.

Linda Shaw

January 7, 2021

Jan, Linda, Brian, Steve - My deepest sympathy for your loss. Your mom was a very intelligent and sweet person. She stopped by to visit my father frequently before he died, often bringing him cookies or something else she had baked. He enjoyed her visits.

John Gillen

January 7, 2021

My wife Ann shared some wonderful times with your family as a youngster. As I recall we visited your farm once and had a magnificent dinner cooked by your Mother. We are making a donation in your Mother's name to Mt. Pleasant UMC Scholarship Fund from Ann Robinson Gillen. Our six children are all adults and doing well. Unfortunately Ann is in the late stages of Alzheimer's and can't respond. Please say hello to rest of family.
God Bless.
John & Ann Gillen
402 E Wisconsin Ave
Neenah WI 54956

Pam and Charlie Causey

January 7, 2021

Celeste will be missed! She was so incredibly sweet and took interest in each of us individually. As Maya Angelou said "At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, but they will remember how you made them feel." Celeste made people feel special to her. I remember the bulletin board in her kitchen with so many pictures from family and friends...and she always asked for more. She made a lot of people feel special...made the world a little better.

Patsy Phillips

January 7, 2021

It was a pleasure to serve Mrs. Causey at the bank. She was well respected by all. She will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to the family. Patsy & Don Phillips

Dawn Light

January 7, 2021

Prayers of comfort for the family.

Larry Simmons

January 6, 2021

Celeste was a great Christian and a sweet woman. She and I had mutual Love for each other. For Brian and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Phyllis Rettig

January 6, 2021

My prayers are with the Causey, Howser and Corum families. Until I read Mrs. Causey's obituary I did not realize all of you are related. I remember Mr & Mrs. Howser in Julian when I was a little girl. Plus, I was in school with most of the cousins.. And Daniel certainly helped us out at Dad's house. It is hard when we have to give up our loved ones. But, Jesus gives us the reassurance that we will see our loved ones in heaven and that is where the party is at!

Blessings to you all.
Phyllis Brown Rettig