Hannah Rinehart, Wife of South Gwinnett Teacher Mark Rinehart, Passes Away

After a months-long battle, Hannah Rinehart died this morning at 4:15.

, wife of South Gwinnett math teacher Mark Rinehart, passed away this morning at 4:15 a.m.

"She is celebrating," Mark wrote on a Facebook page in her honor, "and I am thankful for God allowing me to have the privilege of being her husband while she was here on this Earth. Family was present, and when Hannah was ready to go, she left quickly."

Hannah, 32, was a patient care technician in DeKalb County. She and Mark lived in Decatur. 

the last weekend of June which resulted in blood poisoning. Complications led to the amputations of both hands and feet, but the biggest challenge was fluid in her lungs. Yesterday, doctors told the family that she was very, very tired.

"Thank you for loving her," wrote David Johnson, Hannah's brother, on Facebook. "She knows perfectly now what she always believed in faith. Jesus is the One and Only True and Living God."

Her father, Doug Johnson, expressed thanks for the prayers of old and new friends worldwide. 

"Many of you knew Hannah well," he wrote on Facebook, "and some of you only by the posts we have tried to put up to keep folks informed. Regardless…Thank You. 

"We will grieve. But we have been doing that for over nine weeks... She loved people and she loved living. I will always be grateful that the Lord brought Mark Rinehart into her life. They were so complete. She adored her nieces and nephews. She loved her brothers and sister-in-laws. She loved and was grateful for her Mom who was always there for her. 

"I will miss Hannah terribly. You are not supposed to follow your children into eternity. We find solace in the knowledge that today she has new hands and new feet." 

Donations are still being accepted through Operation Appreciation

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Crystal Huskey (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 11:31 AM
It has been an honor getting to know this family. The strength of a husband and love of a brother have never been more evident.
Becky September 05, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I'm so sad. I didn't know this family but have been following the story. Bless you and RIP Hannah. Prayers for Mark and the rest of her family and friends.
Darla Dixon September 05, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I wish all of us in Snellville could have done more while Hannah was alive. Let's keep in mind that fundraisers would still help.Hannah's family feel loved and help offset medical and funeral expenses.
flutterby September 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I am so sorry for your loss!! God Bless the whole family and help them get this awful time. My heart goes out to the whole family.
Michelle Lynch September 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I send so much love to Mrs. Rinehart's family. My heart goes out to you all.
Mary Lou September 05, 2012 at 01:56 PM
oh no..I am just so sorry this has happened to this family. I pray for a Godspeed peace and healing for them all. RIP sweet Hannah, even though I didn't know you personally, your goodness has shown through your wonderful husband.
Becky Anderson September 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I had hoped that someday I would meet Hannah so we could share our stories of this terrible infection and I also realize how lucky I was to have survived. You all have touched my heart as I have seen such strong people and loving people as you are. I prayed and prayed as so many people did for Hannah to be well again. I know that God has a plan for each of us it just makes me so sad that he had to take her so soon in life. I wish I could be there so I could wrap my arms around each one of you. My prayers will always be with your family. Becky
Lydia Freeman September 05, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I went to high school with Hannah and David and she was always the softest kindest person in the room. She truly understood what it mean to love, to show it to others. I will miss you Hannah.
Diane September 05, 2012 at 06:32 PM
My prayers are with this family. May God give you peace and understanding. May God bless Mark Rinehart for standing like a rock through the storm he went through.
Susan September 05, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Prayers to Mark and all of Hannah's family. I passed the word to my daughter at University of West Georgia to tell your other past students who are continuing their journey- because of great teachers like you. Hannah will be missed.
Lisa Wright September 05, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I never knew Hannah, but work with her Aunt. I've been following her story thru her. My prayers are with the entire family. When there is a loss, there are lots of lives affected. We all know that God has a plan for each of us. With Hannah, I know she will be an angel watching over others. God arms are wrapping each family member is comfort. God Bless You All


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