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Etta Pardee Martin

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Etta Pardee Martin Obituary
Mrs. Etta Pardee Martin, age 93, died on December 28, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida. Graveside service will be held at the Evans family cemetery in Edenton, N.C., under the direction of Miller's Funeral Home, Edenton, N.C. She will be the last of several generations of her family to be laid to rest in that cemetery. Local arrangements are being handled by Fairchild Funeral Home.

Mrs. Martin was born on November 1, 1917 in Chicago, IL. She was the younger daughter of Harvey S. Pardee and Clarissa Belle (Evans) Pardee. Her paternal grandparents were Walter Stone Pardee and Ettie Augusta Sabin Pardee. Her maternal grandparents were Zachariah W. Evans and Etta Hudgens Evans. She grew up in Ravenia, IL. and, throughout her life, some of her fondest memories were of her childhood home.

She and Warden Murdock Martin were married on June 23, 1939. They used to tell the story of how, right after World War II, they were on vacation to south Florida when they happened to stop for the night in a tiny town named Tallahassee. They thought that it was the most beautiful place they had ever seen and, that night, decided that some day, they would live in that beautiful little town. They arrived in Tallahassee in 1948 and lived there the rest of their lives. They loved the peace and quiet of country living in their home in rural eastern Leon County.

Mrs. Martin was a graduate of Deerfield Shields High School in Highland Park, IL. and a 1942 graduate of the University Of Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano. In 1968, she proudly earned a Masters of Organ Degree from the Florida State University School of Music. For many years, she taught private piano lessons in the basement of East Hill Baptist Church and her students came from nearby schools for their lessons. She taught hundreds of Tallahassee children to play the piano and to love music. This was her true calling. From the 1950s through the 1970s, she accompanied (on the piano) Tallahassee high school band students who performed in music competitions throughout the state. Over the years, she served as organist for several area churches. She was active in the Tallahassee Music Teachers Association and the Florida State Music Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Ruth Pardee Gomilika, and her husband, Warden Murdock Martin.

She is survived by her four daughters, Frances Wagar, Christine Hanna (Paul), Joanna Scutari (Frank), and Dr. Eugenia (Dr. Richard) Garrity.

She is also survived by the greatest joy of her life, her five grandchildren: David (Lien) Wagar, Jennifer (John) Adams, Sara (Don) Schenker, Dr. Catherine (Barrett) Garner, and Capt. Aleks (Tina) Martin-Nims and by her great-grandchildren, Grantland Adams, Jacqueline and Elizabeth Schenker, Marie Garner, Luke and Everett Martin-Nims and a precious new baby girl on the way.

Her family wants to say thank you to our dear friend, Lee Gilliam, for all of your loving help during her last years.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross or to the Florida State University College of Music.

Mrs. Martin is remembered as a gentle lady with impeccable manners and courtesy.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Dec. 30, 2010
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