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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Susanna and Gray met in high school Spanish class, and that year he took her to the prom. The �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Naval Academy and joined the Marine Corps and Susanna graduated from UGA. Today, Susanna is an OB/GYN at Vidalia Women’s Center. Hometown Living At Its Best 15 the prom. Not many can bring out their high school prom pictures and find the person they were destined to marry. But Gray and Susanna are the exception. Every dance since has belonged to the other, and yet the logistics of their relationship beyond high school wasn’t always easy. After graduating from Vidalia High School, Gray left for the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. When Susanna graduated two years later, she moved to Athens, Georgia, to attend the University of Georgia. During that time, they continued a long distance relationship. After four years in the Naval Academy, Gray joined the Marine Corps. In 2000, they decided they’d waited long enough. Susanna graduated earlier than first planned, and she and Gray were married three weeks later. But dealing with separation and distance was far from over. After Susanna moved to North Carolina where Gray was stationed at Camp Lejeune, she was accepted into medical school. For the first year, Gray made the five-hour drive from North Carolina to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta to be with his wife most weekends and holidays. After he was transferred to the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, his weekend drive to Augusta changed from five hours to four. In 2004, Gray’s time in active duty was over, and he and Susanna were finally living in the same place while she finished her last year of medical school. By the time Susanna graduated in 2005, she knew she wanted to do her residency in obstetrics and gynecology. “I was matched with the University of Florida,” said Susanna, so they moved to Jacksonville. It was the first time they had actually moved together to a new town. While an intern at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Susanna got pregnant. “Most people don’t plan to get


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