Mildred "Midge" Martin

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  • "What a beautiful soul Midge was. Prayers for the family."
    - Patricia Tidwell
  • "Midge was loved by many and my memories of times together..."
    - Kay Brown
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Mildred "Midge" Martin, 89, died peacefully surrounded by family in her apartment in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on January 14, 2015. Born in Valdosta, Georgia. Midge moved to Rome, Georgia with her family and graduated from Rome's public girls high school. She attended Florida State Women's College before going to work for Delta Airlines. She lived in Savanna and St. Simons, Georgia and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before settling in Jacksonville, Alabama in 1956, where she was a homemaker and raised her two children. Midge was a caring, loving soul who remained positive in the face of numerous challenges, and brightened many lives with her warm and compassionate disposition. She was an amazing mother and grandmother. Beyond her family, Midge touched numerous lives, and was a friend to many, making many new friends upon moving to Santa Fe in 2011. With her second husband, the late Ross Martin Jr., she restored and saved from likely destruction one of Jacksonville's dwindling number of antebellum homes. Midge was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Martin Jr.; daughter, Catherine Downing (Word), of Anniston, Ala.; sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Simpson, of Rome, Georgia; parents, John Pierce Baskin and Pauline Baskin (Stevens) of Rome. She is survived by her son, Rick Word and daughter-in-law, Laura Brown, of Santa Fe; son-in-law, Robert Downing, of Anniston; grandchildren, Will Downing (Lacey), Lewis Downing (Katie), Hannah Downing, Merrick Word-Brown, and Milana Word-Brown; great-grandchildren, Lily and Hannah Downing. A celebration of Midge's life will be held at Ponce De Leon in Santa Fe on a date to be announced. Followed by a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville.
Published in The Anniston Star on Jan. 21, 2015