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Beatrice Lonell Martin

May 11, 2017
Beatrice Lonell Martin

printed 05/12/2017

Snow Hill

Beatrice Lonell Martin, “Nell,” age 90, died Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Snow Hill Nursing Home.

A longtime resident of Girdletree, Maryland, she was born in Elkton, Kentucky, and she was the daughter of the late Henry A. Francis and Cora B. Edwards Francis.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Thomas Colmond Martin, in 2004.

She is survived by her sons, Charles T. Martin and his wife, Linda, of Snow Hill, Ronald D. Martin and his wife, Gaile, of Castle Pines, Colorado; and daughter, Rebecca Martin White and her husband, A.J., of Snow Hill.

She leaves behind grandchildren, Karen W. Berrier and husband, Frank, Jennifer W. Burke and husband, James, Pamela J. Gildehaus and husband, Dan, Paul Martin and wife, Megan; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Jonathan and Andrew Gildehaus, Liam and Mason Martin, Katherine White, Lee Berrier, Rachael Burke; and one great-great-granddaughter, Lilly White.

Also surviving is a sister, Sylvia F. Hudson of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and a brother-in-law, Victor Johns of Atlanta, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, William Herschel Francis and Douglas A. Francis, along with her sisters, Betty Francis and Leora F. Johns.

There are numerous nieces and nephews throughout the country. The family would like to remember her close friend, Mary Beth Williams and her cat, Wee Wee.

Mrs. Martin had worked at the Ben Franklin Five & Dime and Silco in Snow Hill. She had also been a sewing factory worker and had worked at Stockton Light and Power Company. A faithful member of Spence Baptist Church, she was a Sunday school teacher and choir member for many decades. She was a past president of the Women’s Missionary Union.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Spence Baptist Church near Snow Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at church. Reverend Kenneth Elligson will officiate. Interment will follow in Spence Baptist Church Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Spence Baptist Church Building Fund, 7603 Spence Church Road Snow Hill, Maryland 21863 or Coastal Hospice.

Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Snow Hill. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com.

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