Nancy Esarey Martin

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Surrounded by her family, Nancy Esarey Martin of Cumming passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the age of 75, after a long illness. She was born in Decker Chapel, Ind. She was married to her loving husband of 51 years, Jack Martin, on May 13, 1962.  After a two-year stay in Belleville, Ill., they set roots in St. Louis, Mo., to raise their three children.  
After Jack's retirement in 1987 they moved to Florida for several years, and later settled in Cumming to be closer to their kids, grandkids, and extended family, who had all since moved to Cumming. 
After graduating from nursing school in Vincennes, Ind., Nancy lived a life of service to others at various hospitals in Missouri and
Florida. She loved the area of geriatrics and after she retired from regular nursing she got the job of a lifetime spearheading the creation of the CNA training program at a Ridge Community College in Winter Haven, Fla. She loved people and everyone she touched loved her.
In addition, Nancy was a lover of four-part harmony and was a member of Sweet Adelines for more than 30 years. In 1994, her chorus, "The Toast of Tampa" won the Sweet Adeline international competition. She enjoyed this passion alongside her husband, who continues to be a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1970.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald Elvin and Margaret Irene (Fisher) Esarey.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Jackie Warren Martin; her three children and their spouses, Beth Martin deSousa and her husband Kevin deSousa of Cumming, her son, Jerry Martin and his wife Jackie Gibson Martin of Cumming, and her daughter, Kelly Martin Starling and her husband Eric Starling of Cumming; her seven grandchildren, Leah Kathryn and Troy Michael Martin, Emily Grace, Jackson Richard, and Claire Elizabeth Starling, Katherine Layne Emerson and Amanda Paige deSousa; brother-in-law and sister-in-Law, Robert and Barbara Martin; and her uncle, Eddie Fisher of Vincennes, Ind.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to The Villas at Canterfield retirement community in Cumming for their loving care during Mom's last months with us.
A memorial service will be held at McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory in Cumming on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m., with visitation immediately preceding from 4-6 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the service.   
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations, in memorium, be made to the Humane Society of Forsyth County at or 770-887-6480.
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McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Forsyth County News from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, 2014