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Dr. Mary Kathryn Easterling
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Mary Kathryn Easterling, M.D., 65, of Rabun Gap, passed away Wednesday morning, May 23, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

She was born May 29, 1946, in Atlanta to the late H. Arthur and Elizabeth Wheeler Easterling.

Dr. Easterling is survived by a very close friend and caretaker, Irene Crane, as well as many others whose lives she touched and who loved her dearly.

She graduated from Rockdale County High School in Conyers in 1964. In 1969, she received her certificate in respiratory therapy, an AMA approved program, from Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. In 1969, she received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and in 1974 she received an associate’s degree in nursing from DeKalb Community College. In 1975, Dr. Easterling earned a certificate in emergency medical technician-ambulance, and in 1976 she became a Red Cross multimedia first aid instructor. She received her master’s degree in education in 1979 from Georgia State University in Atlanta and attended Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta from 1980-82. In 1984, she received her doctorate degree in medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. In 1987, she completed her residency in general surgery, and in 1989 she completed her residency in urology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Easterling served her community faithfully from 1970-74 as an instructor of respiratory therapy; from 1974-80 as an associate professor at the College of Allied Health Services in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State University, and as an assistant professor and director of emergency medical services program at Georgia State University. She was on the medical staff of Piedmont Hospital from 1989-92 at which time she joined Ridgecrest and Woodridge Hospitals’ medical staff. In 1999, she joined the medical staff at Rabun County Memorial Hospital and remained on the staff when it became Mountain Lakes Medical Center. In 1991, she joined the medical staff at Mountain View Nursing Home, and in 1994, she started her own family practice.

She was a devoted and compassionate physician in Clayton for many years and attended Clayton Baptist Church and Clayton First United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Beck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Stutsman officiating. A graveside service followed at East View Cemetery in Conyers.

Memorial donations may be made to Victory Home, 320 Victory Home Lane, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573.

Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at

The Clayton Tribune, May 31, 2012