Carolyn Grace Krauss, 27, was unexpectedly called to heaven on January 15, 2023.
Carolyn grew up in Macon where she attended Howard High School. She subsequently obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business from the University of North Georgia. Carolyn was an astute business woman, but her passion was plants, a love cultivated by her mother and grandfather. Carolyn was establishing a blossoming career in horticulture with a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticultural Sciences from the University of Georgia, followed by an MBA in Data Analytics from Louisiana State University (Shreveport). She was in her second year of studies pursuing a Master’s Degree in the Department of Plant Sciences with a concentration in Horticulture at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Institute of Agriculture. Combining her green thumb with her business acumen, Carolyn’s dream was to own a Christmas tree farm along with a greenhouse and garden center.
A gifted gardener, scholar, and researcher, Carolyn celebrated numerous accolades: while in high school she participated in the University of Georgia Young Scholars program during which time she conducted field research on the Kudzu bug. During college, she was a member of the competition team at UGA Horticulture for the National Association of Landscaping Professionals’ National Collegiate Landscaping Competition. She held leadership positions in the UGA Horticulture Club and UGA WiSci, Organization for Women in Science. She was a member of Sigma Iota Epsilon and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies and was elected Treasurer for the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association at UT. Most recently, Carolyn received the Dr. Bryson L. James scholarship from the Southern Nursery Association and was awarded one of three competitive national scholarships from the 2022-2023 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners Scholarship program from the Horticultural Research Institute, AmericanHort Foundation.
Despite her southern roots, Carolyn’s interests were not confined to the kudzu covered landscape of the South; she loved to travel. She admired the international landscapes in Costa Rica, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Ireland and St. John USVI, collecting coffee mugs along the way. She also enjoyed hiking, cooking, photography, and rescuing kittens Milly, Mango, Zena, and Louis, that became part of the household that she shared with fiancé Sam Holt.
Carolyn and Sam were high school sweethearts and built a life together throughout their studies and professional journeys in Macon, Athens, Stone Mountain, Statesboro, and Knoxville. Carolyn enjoyed turning a house into a home for them and always created a beautiful garden everyplace they lived.
Carolyn is preceded into heaven by her grandparent,s Robert and Gracanne Nevins and Robert and Agnes Krauss. Carolyn is survived by her parents, Charles and Grace Krauss, sister, Emily Anne Krauss, fiancé, Sam Holt, aunts, uncles, and many cousins who remember her lovingly. Her nurturing spirit has touched the lives of many.
Carolyn’s life, so beautifully lived, deserves to be beautifully remembered.
Visitation is Sunday January 22 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Hart’s Mortuary at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Rd., Macon, GA 31210. Tel: (478) 746-4322.
Funeral services will be held Monday January 23 at 2:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 582 Walnut St., Macon, GA 31201. Tel: (478) 745-0427.
As much as Carolyn loved beautiful flowers, the family requests instead that any memorials be made to the “Carolyn Krauss Memorial Scholarship Fund” to benefit future UGA students who share her passion for horticulture. The online giving link for Carolyn’s scholarship is: https://gail.uga.edu/commit?search=76303003&desonly=1
Or gifts may be made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation and mailed to: 1 Press Place Suite 101, Athens, GA 30601 (reference Carolyn Krauss Memorial Scholarship or 7630300 in the memo line).
Please visit www.hartsmort.com to express condolences.
Hart’s at the Cupola, Hart's Mortuary and Cremation Center, 6324 Peake Rd, Macon, GA 31210 has charge of the arrangements.
Carolyn Krauss Memorial Scholarship Fund
University of Georgia Foundation
1 Press Place Suite 101, Athens GA 30601