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Mrs. Minnie Elizabeth Strickland Martin, age 93, of Stuart, passed away Friday, November 02, 2018 at her home. She was born in Pittsylvania County on December 7, 1924 to the late Lucian Strickland and Lady Lois Martin Strickland. Mrs. Martin graduated from George Washington High School in Danville and received her Associate’s Degree in Art at Patrick Henry Community College after retiring as a Chemistry Lab Analyst from DuPont for over 37 years. She had been a member of Stuart Presbyterian Church since the church was built. Her and her husband loved traveling, having visited all 50 states and 25 to 30 foreign countries. While traveling they always stopped to go to church and made numerous friendships through square dancing. They won numerous awards all over the world square dancing. She had worked 48 years on the Board of Elections. She was an avid painter, sculptor, bowler, and softball pitcher. She loved the Red Sox, snow skiing, and water skiing.
Surviving are her beloved husband of 72 years, James Freddie Martin of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Bobby Blake of Durham, NC; two grandchildren, Rebecca Blake, Elizabeth Blake Beyle and husband, Jon; five great grandchildren, Taylor Rebecca Beyle, Joshua Michael Blake and wife, Abby, Jordan Elizabeth Beyle, Andrew Horton Blake, Jon Ward Beyle and Melissa; a brother, Billy Franklin Hinton of Dry Fork; a niece, Trudy Hinton; and nephew, Larry Hinton and wife, Lou.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Stuart Presbyterian Church with Pastor Danny Redman officiating. Burial will follow in the Patrick Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and at other times at the home, 1553 Fire Trail Lane, Stuart, VA. Memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Stuart, VA 24171 or to Alzheimer’s Association, Patrick County Chapter, P.O. Box 1301, Stuart, VA 24171. Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com