The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club is grieving the loss of one of its most cherished members.
Mary Martin, a club member who served for 35 years in nearly every capacity, lost her battle with cancer on New Year’s Day. She was 85.
She fought courageously to overcome two bouts of cancer and again tolerated heavy treatments, but sadly lost her third battle.
Mary was a lovely and petite American of Japanese-English descent, known for her quiet dignity, kindness and meticulous style. Wherever she went she always was perfectly turned out and made up.
She was a talented artist and crafts woman, and for many years, played tennis with a Tampa Bay area group.
She was a woman of great faith and a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Lutz. Her faith sustained her and gave her the strength to bear the heavy burdens she faced, especially during the last few years.
Mary recently spoke of wanting to “go home to the Lord” and rejoin her beloved Duane in their Father’s House. She suffered the loss of her husband of 48 years, Duane Martin, a few months ago.
She is at peace, now.
Mary is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Woman’s Club members mourn the loss of their dear friend, but are consoled in knowing the heavenly skies burn more brightly now, with her twinkling glow.
“As gentle as a snowflake, may peace come to your heart.”
By Patricia Serio