Funeral services for Anna Wainwright Martin, 92, of Marshall will be held at 10 am Saturday at Tatum United Methodist Church, Tatum. Visitation will be at Sullivan Funeral Home from 5 to 7 pm Friday. Officiating at the funeral will be Dr. Pat Day and the Rev. Sam Cutrone, Jr. Burial will follow at Martin Cemetery in Panola County.
Mrs. Martin died at home on Wednesday, Jan. 2, after a brief illness.
A fifth-generation Texan, Mrs. Martin was born in Marshall on April 16, 1926, the daughter of Walter L. and Leta Smith Wainwright. Her maternal great-great-grandfather was General James Smith, who served in the Texas Revolutionary War and for whom Smith County is named.
She was an honor graduate of Marshall High School in 1943. She began working at age 16 as a legal secretary for Marshall attorney William Lane and then began a long career as secretary for attorney Winston Taylor. She married Daniel Sidney (Sid) Martin on April 3, 1949, in Grange Hall Methodist Church. She was a lifelong Methodist, a member of Tatum United Methodist Church for many years, and, later, First United Methodist Church of Marshall. As a young mother, she taught Sunday School. She was an active member of Women’s Society of Christian Service and, in later years, she was an active member of the Asbury Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Martin and her husband lived in Tatum for many years and had their family there. In 1986, she and Sid relocated to Marshall and operated a ranch there throughout their lives. She and Sid were loving grandparents and attended academic and choir contests, rodeos, horse shows, and athletic events throughout Texas when their grandchildren competed. Their home was always open to family and friends, and they hosted family reunions for generations.
She was a loving wife and took wonderful care of Sid throughout his lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She loved crossword puzzles, and worked the New York Times crossword in ink, calling her beloved older sister Garland Bromley each day to discuss the latest puzzle. She and Sid enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with her dear friend Eunice Thomas Leopold and enjoyed trips with the Harrison County Cattleman’s Association. She and Sid were volunteers for Meals on Wheels for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, and brother-in-law Elvis Bromley. Survivors include her children Luanna and Chris Logan, Isabel and Steve Lewis, and Dan and DeAnn Martin Jr., all of Marshall; her grandchildren, Amy and Brandon Wakefield of Benton, LA; Sarah and Bunker Jimerson of Marshall, and Major Jason (USAF) and Courtney Woodley, of Haughton, LA, Doug and Amber Lewis of Marshall, Daniel Martin III of Harleton, and Jabe and Baylee Martin of Tyler. Her great-grandchildren are Anna Kathryn and Grayson Wakefield, Ali Hedgepeth, Sydney Stephens, Jane and Will Jimerson, Thomas and Madelyn Woodley, Kirkley and Charlotte Lewis, and Caleb and Annie Martin. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Hugh Martin of Beckville, nieces and nephews Barbara and Mikel Long, Diana and Doug Quaid, Marna and Gene McDermott, Kathy Gross, Melinda and Jimmy Qualls, and Jeff and Maureen Martin, her longtime friend and employee Jesse Samano, and many other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews Mikel and Doug. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Roan Flenniken, Dr. Stuart Blum, and Dr. Robert Holladay, all of Shreveport. The family extends thanks and appreciation to her loving caregivers Vickie Jones, Patricia McGowan, and Dorothy Slade.