Martha Louise Benson Jacobs, age 57, passed away on June 20, 2005 at her residence after an extended illness. A native of Gwinnett County, she graduated from Buford High School in 1966 before attending Georgia College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in music education in 1969. She taught for two years in the Washington County Public School System as a music teacher at Tennille Elementary School. During this time she was also the Youth Director at the Sandersville First Methodist Church. An educator and world traveler, she taught at the American School of Zagreb, Yugoslavia; received her Masters in Education from the University of the Philippines; taught social studies, English and gifted/talented classes at Peachtree Middle School from 1990 until 1999; was a guide for Tours that Teach from the fall of 1999 until the spring of 2000, and taught sixth grade social studies at North Forsyth Middle School in the fall of 2000. Despite her health problems, she continued as a mentor and was Mentor of the Year for Forsyth County for the 2003-2004 school term. While she and her family lived in Dunwoody, she was an Elder at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church where she gave her time to several charities for children as well as to Habitat for Humanity. During several summers she traveled to Mexico where she worked with Constructores Para Cristo, a mission organization devoted to building houses for the poor. During her parenting years, she was involved with the Brownie Scouts, PTO, the Dunwoody Stage Door Players, the Alliance Theater, Actor's Express, and the Young Singers of Callanwolde for which she helped coordinate and chaperone a trip through France, England, and Scotland. In her later years, she became a member of the Cumming First Methodist Church where she was a vital member of her Sunday School Class (the “Outlaws”) and was also instrumental in starting a woman's book club involving members of her church and friends in her neighborhood. Through out her life she and her family not only lived in South Korea, Croatia, and the Philippines, but also traveled to Hong Kong, India, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, and many other countries. She will be remembered for her giving spirit, her love of people from all walks of life, her zest for living, her musical talents, her love of the arts, and her ability to look at life with both whimsy and wisdom. She is survived by her husband, Dr. William Reid Jacobs, Jr., and two daughters, Emilie Anne Jacobs of Los Angeles, California, and Amanda (Blake) Turner of Woodstock, Georgia; her parents, Bert and Mary Benson of Buford, Georgia; her twin sister, Lois (Harry) Puzey of Okinawa, Japan; two brothers, Gordon (Helen) Benson of Cumming, Georgia, and David (Theresa) Benson of Dunwoody, Georgia. She is predeceased by a brother, John Charles Benson, who died in 1983. She also has several nieces, nephews, and a host of other family members and friends. Visitation will be from 6 PM to 9 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at Ingram's Funeral Home in Cumming, Georgia. A celebration of her life will be held at The Cumming First Methodist Church at 2 PM on Thursday, June 23, 2005. Flowers can be sent to Ingram's Funeral Home, 210 Ingram Avenue, Cumming, Georgia 30040 or in lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to the American Cancer Society. Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, Ga.