Evangelist Mother Martin was born on March 24, 1930, in Cayce, South Carolina, a daughter of the late Willie and Luella Smith. Mother Martin passed away peacefully in her sleep, entering into eternal rest after a brief illness on Thursday, August 30, 2021 at the young age of 91.
She received Christ at an early age and for over 68 years served as an unwavering pillar of Morning Star Church of God In Christ. Mother Martin was a very devoted soldier of God, always about her Father's business. She actively served as Mother of the Church, Chairman of the Missionary Department, member of the Pastor Aide, Sanctuary Choir, usher board and the church custodian until her health prevented her from participating.
Mother Martin was a well-dressed woman and loved to showcase her stylish hats. She was a highly respected woman in her community and everywhere else God deemed her to be. She excitingly looked forward to the Lord's Day Dinner, where she proudly volunteered her services twice a year, contributing to its overall success.
If you knew Mother Martin, then you know that she loved fishing and her favorite song was "Just Another Day That The Lord Has Kept Me." More often than not, you could visit her home, find her comfortably sitting on her sofa, smiling, humming the song's melody, absolutely basking in the glory of God.
Mother Matin was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, William Martin, Sr; daughter, Edith Bedgood; and son, Philip I. Martin, Sr.
She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, William (Barbara) Martin of Niagara Falls, Cleave Martin of Niagara Falls; six daughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret Jackson of Lockport, Yvonne (Matthew) Davis of Niagara Falls, Juanita Ewing of Niagara Falls, Dolly Averhart of Niagara Falls, Esther (Eric) Freeman Rice of North Carolina, Virginia Boston of Florida, Mariah Martin Robinson of Niagara Falls; one adopted daughter, Gloria Rose of Niagara Falls; 36 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 40 great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed by family and numerous friends.
Interment in Acacia Park Cemetery.
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