Martha Mae "Marty" McIntosh, 73, of Homosassa, joined her son and mother in heaven, and in time for Christmas, on Dec. 23, 2012.
Martha was born Oct. 8, 1939, in Mercersburg, Pa., and grew up in Hagerstown, Md. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where she enjoyed a varied career including positions in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon and retail management. After moving to Homosassa in 1981, Marty co-owned and operated Esther and Marty's Ceramics for many years. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2002 after a fulfilling career as a rural route carrier in Crystal River.
While still working, Marty enjoyed getting to know her customers as well as their pets. She knew the favorite treats of many of the dogs on her route and took great pleasure in spoiling them. After retirement, she devoted herself to lovingly caring for her mother, Esther. They were the best of friends and enjoyed doing crafts, pampering their cats, watching the raccoons and birds in their backyard, and just spending time together.
Martha was preceded in death by her son, Paul Zuker Jr.; and parents, Clarence Bryan and Esther Oyler.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Richard Jolly of Mount Vernon, Va.; brothers Terry Bryan (Jean) of Casselberry, Fla., and Roy Barnhart (Kim) of Tampa, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and beloved "furry" companions.
An informal celebration of Martha's life will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, at Ike's (the Old Izaak Walton Lodge), 6301 Riverside Dr., Yankeetown, Fla. In accordance with her wishes, Martha's ashes will be scattered with those of her son in Pennsylvania on his birthday in July 2013.
In lieu of flowers and as a means of honoring the soft spot in Marty's heart for animals, the family requests tax-deductible donations be made in her memory to Precious Paws Rescue, 13161 S. Betty Point, Floral City, FL 34436.
Email expressions of condolence can be sent directly to her family at Marty122312@gmail.com