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Martha Bauroth Wakefield

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WAKEFIELD Martha Bauroth Wakefield. Private services are being scheduled to commemorate the Saturday death of Columbus native Martha Bauroth Wakefield, age 85, of Worthington, who passed away Saturday, July 7, 2007. A graduate of North High School and an attendee of The Ohio State University, Martha went on to study the works of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. An apprentice of Mr. Wright, Martha, her husband Richard, and architect Theodore Van Fossen dedicated over 50 years of their lives in the creation of Rush Creek Village, employing the principles and philosophy of organic architecture. The highly acclaimed community has been featured in House Beautiful and Architectural Digest magazines along with The Columbus Dispatch and most recently The New York Times. Several books and films have been written and composed to document their unique achievement. Martha was well known and respected throughout the community and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the American Institute of Architects in 1997. A devout environmentalist, Martha was responsible for the founding and development of High Banks Community Park in Worthington Ohio. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard Charles Wakefield and son Richard Charles Wakefield III. Survived by her daughters, Pamela W. Anderson of Louisville, Kentucky, Tina L. Gilham of Worthington, Ohio; son, Mark W. Wakefield of Irvine, California; and nine grandchildren, Richard Wakefield IV of Cleveland, Ohio, Seth Wakefield of Lancaster, Ohio, Matthew, Lauren and Kari Anderson of Louisville, Kentucky, Kyle and Tyler Wakefield of Irvine, California, Alexis Wakefield and Lindsay Gilham of Worthington, Ohio; and one great–granddaughter, Macie Wakefield. Those who wish may contribute to Friends of Rush Creek Village, 559 White Oak Place, Worthington, Ohio 43085 a charitable and educational group, aimed at beautifying, preserving, and protecting Rush Creek Village. Online condolences may be made to www.schoedinger.com. "Sign the online guestbook at www.dispatch.com/obituaries"
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