Wanda Dolores Martin

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Wanda Dolores Martin passed away peacefully to be with God on Aug. 22, 2011. She was surrounded and comforted by loved ones at the time of her passing to Heaven. Wanda was born March 15, 1921, in Davis, W.Va., to Norman and Evelyn Maxwell.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Leon Martin. They lived in a variety of locations including Louisville, Ky., Oak Park, Ill., Rye, N.Y., and Summit and Upper Saddle River, N.J., before retiring to Gainesville in 1986.
Wanda had a zest for life and was always eager for new adventures. She was very creative, had varied interests, and engaged in many different hobbies throughout her active life. Wanda was an avid cook and baker, and was especially known for her lemon fruitcake. In addition to her culinary interests, she was passionate about playing golf and supporting her favorite sports team, The Braves. Wanda was a former president of the local chapter for the Visually Impaired. Under her direction, she coordinated a bake sale for visually impaired youth. Wanda contributed many of her cakes to the bake sale resulting in raising $2,200, quite a feat for an 88-year-old woman.
Wanda cherished and appreciated her family. More importantly, Wanda had a deep and abiding faith in God. Her concern for others led her to pray for her four daughters daily, as well as her many friends.
Wanda is survived by her four daughters, Penny McGuinn and husband Bob of Athens, Rebecca Martin of Cumming, Amie Washburn and husband Jeff of Lewis Center, Ohio, Billie Breeden and husband Bruce of Asheville, N.C.; three granddaughters, Shaun McGuinn, Leslie McGuinn and Brittany Washburn.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the and the building fund of First United Methodist Church.
The family would like to thank the staff at Willowbrooke Court of Lanier Village Estates and Odyssey Hospice for their loving care and support.
Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from Aug. 25 to Aug. 28, 2011
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