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<p>Olivia Lynn Chastain Ridgeway, 64, of Jackson, Georgia, died of a brief illness on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.</p>
<p>A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, April 8th at 11:00 AM at Towaliga Baptist Church, 160 Towaliga Church Rd.  Jackson, Georgia.  Rev. Ed Steil will officiate.</p>
<p>The family will receive friends in the church from 9:45 am to 10:45 am just before the service.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or Towaliga Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C / O Forrest Hale, 174 Lee Maddox Rd, Jackson, Georgia 30233.</p>
<p>Lynn is survived by her 31-year-old husband, Perry Ridgeway.  Son Charlie Ridgeway (Terri);  Twin sisters Karen Major (Charlie) and Kim Overman (Warren);  Brother-in-law David Ridgeway Jr., sisters-in-law Julia Ann Walklett (Bill), Saralyn Wilson (Ralph), Maralyn Probst (Curtis) and many nieces and nephews.</p>
<p>Lynn was born on September 23, 1956 at Crawford W. Long Hospital to Linton (Pepper) and Sandra Chastain.  As a child, Lynn was an avid reader of Nancy Drew mystery books;  and her love of reading continued throughout her life.  She checked out many books from the library and consumed her stories by her pool.</p>
<p>She was the president of her Wills High School Pep Club, where her leadership and attention to detail shone.  Her love for math began in high school.</p>
<p>She entered the University of Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education in June 1978.  Lynn then entered Georgia State University, graduating with a Master of Education degree in March 1983.</p>
<p>With her thirst for more knowledge, she continued her education at the UGA and received the degree of specialist in education in June 1994.</p>
<p>Her teaching career began with the Cobb County Board of Education in 1978 and continued over the years with the Butts County Board of Education and the Fayette County Board of Education, where she retired from full-time work.</p>
<p>She has received numerous awards over the years, including one from the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals, where she was named District G Assistant School Leader of the Year in 2002.</p>
<p>In 2013, Lynn was part-time with the Griffin Regional Education Service Agency as a field supervisor for the Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (TAPP).</p>
<p>Lynn met Perry at Chastain Park in Atlanta, Georgia, where they worked part-time, started dating, fell in love, and were married on June 24, 1989.  They built their home on family lots surrounded by the extended Ridgeway family and the Christmas Tree Farm.  Lynn loved traveling from the beaches to the mountains in her RV.  She loved to walk.  Of course, Perry’s dog Ellie and Lynn’s cats Smokey and Christmas Kitty were also there.</p>
<p>She also loved Broadway in Atlanta shows at the Fox Theater, where she was a season ticket holder.  Phantom of the Opera was one of her favorites, and she had the pleasure of seeing the production twice in New York City – once with her mother, then again with Perry.</p>
<p>Lynn will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.  One of her greatest joys was teaching.  She was the best.  She loved to see a student understand the knowledge and grow.  She was a mentor, an encourager, a questioner, a great listener.  Nothing excited her more than letting a former student return to her school, see her up, and thank her for teaching her.  She took great pleasure in influencing one child or colleague so that they could succeed and influence another.</p>
<p>Those wishing to express their condolences online can visit the guest register at www.haistenfuneral.com</p>
<p>The Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson serves the Ridgeway family.</p>
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