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Martha Donehoo

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DONEHOO, Martha Martha Statham Donehoo 18 August 1928----24 June 2011 Martha Statham Donehoo passed away peacefully and surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren on Friday 24 June, 2011. After a stroke in 2008, she was making progress in recovering mobility, when she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke which ended her life. Originally from Rochelle, Georgia, Martha grew up in Atlanta attending Commercial High School. She briefly attended Bessie Tift College, Forsyth, GA, before transferring to Toccoa Falls College where she graduated with a degree in Bible Education in 1950. She later attended New Orleans Theological Seminary where she graduated in 1956. Married to W. Wilson Donehoo in July, 1947, they have four children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. During their lives together, they served as pastor and wife in Lizana Baptist Church, Mississippi, Trinity Baptist Church in Thomaston, Georgia, and Bethel Baptist Church in Good Hope, Georgia. Appointed by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1959, and served for 25 years in Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and the Caribbean. Following retirement, they volunteered for short term assignments with the Board in Honduras, Canada, and Germany. During her service, Martha often found a special niche where she could minister to children, expatriates overseas, and fellow missionaries in need. In retirement, they lived for extended periods in Orlando, Florida, Walton County Georgia, and Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is survived by her husband of 64 years Wilson, her sister Phyllis Nell Moore, children Jonathan and Stephen Donehoo, Grace Jones, and Ruth Ransom; her grand children Stacy Carter and Andrew Donehoo; Sarah Jones; Bethany and Danielle Ransom; and great grandchildren Peyton and Colin Carter. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Aaron Arledge and Dr. Ron Wilson officiating. Interment followed at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Haiti Response Fund of the International Mission Board at : http://imbresources.org, or IMB Haiti Response Fund 3806 Monument Ave., PO Box 6767, Richmond, VA, 23230.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 28, 2011
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