Mary Elizabeth Martin(1939 - 2013)

Mary Elizabeth


Asheville - Mary Elizabeth Martin, 74, of Asheville, died Monday, September 9, 2013.

A native of Buncombe Co., she was a daughter of the late Marcus (Monk) and Mary Conner Shaft. She was also preceded in death by siblings Barbara and Charlie Shaft.

Mrs. Martin was a member of Starnes Cove Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, David Martin; daughters Jerrie Hightower (Alex), Tracy Johnson (Robert Carroll), and Elizabeth Crowe (Rex); son Terry Johnson (Michelle); grandchildren Justin, Travis, Chris, Candis, Jessica, Stacey, and Jake; great-grandchildren Macie and Madison; sister Natalie Shaft; and brothers Richard Shaft and Jack Shaft.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday at Starnes Cove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charlie Sams officiating. Her family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church Friday, prior to the service.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family, and the online register is available at


Funeral Home

Groce Funeral Home
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-3535

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, 2013