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 "Sign the online guestbook at"

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jul. 11, 2007.
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July 19, 2007
Am sorry for your loss.
Pamela S. Berry,LISW
July 15, 2007
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Martha. Forrest and I spent many hours over the past 50 years going over plans of Rush Creek or discussing Mr. Wright.She will be missed by many, Prayers to her family. Sandy and Forrest (deceased) Evans.
sandy evans
July 13, 2007
Pam, Mark,Tina and all...was saddened to hear of your mom's passing. I don't have to tell you what a big part of my life she was.I will be thinking of you and ask that you touch base with me.Love, Candy
Candy DeWitt Zarr
July 13, 2007
Our Condolences to the Wakefield family on the passing of Martha. We were privileged to own a beautiful home designed and built for us by Martha and Dick, across the street from their residence. We remember fondly Pam, Feller, Mark and Tina as youngsters. Rush Creek will always remain as a legacy of Martha's talent and unfailing dedication to the Frank Lloyd Wright principles.
Joan and Dick Raab
July 12, 2007
The Wakefield's are an important part of Worthington history and culture. I left 40+ years ago to seek my own future, but cherish the memories. My deepest sympathies to Pam and siblings.
Peter Zuidema
July 12, 2007
The Wakefield's are an important part of Worthington history and culture. I left 40+ years ago to seek my own future, but cherish the memories. My deepest sympathies to Pam and sibings.
Peter Zuidema
July 12, 2007
To the Family of Richard & Martha Wakefield,
My wife and I are truly saddened by the death of Martha.After years of working with the Wakefield family,we feel the loss as if Martha&Dick were members of our own family.I will always remember fondly the discussions and sharing of opinions and humorous stories with both Dick&Martha.I will always admire their strong convictions and adherence to their standards of excellence as exhibited in their architectural projects.Pam,Mark,Tina...We feel your loss and will ALWAYS consider you to be our good friends.
.....Condolences,Mike&Karen Elliott
Michael Elliott
July 11, 2007
Family of Martha,
My name is Timothy Smith and I spent about a year living with Martha (at the time of her 80th B-Day Party for reference). I believe I met Mark, Pam and Tina during this time. (I was the big guy with bald head!)

I regret not keeping in touch with Martha after leaving Ohio for Utah in 2002 and I say with certainty that she is among those I consider to be the most influential in my life, despite the relatively short time I stayed with her and knew her.

Those many nights of sitting in her Living Rm discussing (arguing!?!) architecture are a highlight of my life and are memories never forgotten. The thing I admire most about Martha, tho, is she was a person who not only believed she should live her life a certain way, she DID it - and thought you should too!!!!

My condolences to all the Family at your loss of a woman I admire greatly for her courage, her stamina, her architectural gifts, among others. It is my priviledge to have known her, and a great honor to have had the chance to spend considerable time with her.
Timothy Smith
July 11, 2007
Family, so sorry to hear about Aunt Martha, I have such fond memories of the house on South St., and the good times there. It has been so long since we've all been together - my wedding over 20 years ago - was probably the last - and I feel so sorry that we weren't able to keep in touch. Know that my thoughts are with all of you and I'd welcome the opportunity to get reacquainted. Rush Creek will go on forever as a tribute to both Richard and Martha. Love and prayers to all.
Cynthia Pavey Rieth
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