February 3, 1937 - November 18, 2021
Lexington, Kentucky - Martha Park passed from this life on November 18, 2021. Born Martha Ann Greer on February 3, 1937, in Jenkins, Kentucky, she lived most of her early years in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was the valedictorian of her high school class. She went on to study English Literature at the University of Tennessee, where she met her husband, Foster Park, who passed away in 2014. They eventually settled in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where Martha was involved in tutoring children with learning disabilities and numerous other volunteer projects. She also completed Master's Degrees in both Library Science and Speech Pathology, fields at which she worked for many years afterward. In addition, she taught German as an Instructor at the University of Arkansas.
The Parks moved to Lexington in 1991, where Martha went into private practice with Swigart Associates, Inc, as well as First Steps, where she helped numerous children with developmental disabilities. Retiring in 2007, she went on to devote her time to tutoring children with reading disabilities in the Lexington Public Schools as well as teaching English as a Second Language through the Kentucky Refugee Ministries. She remained active in these projects, as well as many with her church, Christ Church Cathedral, until pancreatic cancer forced her to remain bedridden earlier this year.
Martha made many friends throughout her life and was loved and respected for her kindness and intelligence by all who knew her. She was a loving wife to Foster as well as a loving and patient mother to her children, Amy and Doug. She was a Christian in the truest sense of the word, selflessly devoting her time and energy to helping others as well as contributing to many charitable causes. She lived her life with great zeal in all that she did and had a myriad of fascinations and interests which, along with all that's been previously mentioned, included a love for travel, history, and nature. She traveled widely, read voraciously on a multitude of subjects, wrote poetry of her own, and was an avid hiker and cat-lover. Finally, she took college courses on a variety of subjects such as Psychology and Geology purely out of interest.
Along with Amy and Doug, both of Lexington, Martha is survived by her brother, Ben Greer, and his family, of Atlanta, Georgia, cousins Marsha, Susie, and Brenda, and much of Foster's family, with whom she remained close.
The family expresses immense appreciation to Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Navigators, who provided excellent and compassionate care to Martha during her final months.
Funeral services will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Monday, December 13, at 1 PM, with a Reception from 3 to 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Church Cathedral.
Published by Lexington Herald-Leader on Nov. 28, 2021.