Dona Martin

May 18, 1926 - May 1, 2024
Dona  Martin

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Dona Elaine Martin, known affectionately as Dona, passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 1, 2024, in Wilmington, NC, at the age of 97.

Dona was born on May 18, 1926, in Greenfield, MA. Dona is preceded in death by her husband William P. Martin of 50 years; parents, Richard Gurney and Bernice Hortense Bates Bartlett; her daughter Nancy Martin Williams; her son Steven Martin; her brother Richard Bartlett; and sisters Joan Ettinger and Marilyn Valverde.

Dona dedicated her life to caring for others, having worked as a nurse until her retirement. Her compassion and dedication to her work left a lasting impact on all those she cared for throughout her career. In Wilmington, she continued her nursing career at GE on the second shift, spreading her light and kindness to all those she encountered.

Dona is survived by her loving daughter Vicki M. Davis and husband Jim; brother Duane C. Bartlett; sister Patricia Myers; six grandchildren Amy, Zachary, Lisa, Jimmy, Joseph, and William; as well as 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Dona was a faithful member for 56 years of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where a memorial service will be held on her 98th birthday, Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 2:00 PM. Her commitment to her faith and community was unwavering, leaving an indelible mark on all who knew her.

Dona’s legacy of love, compassion, and selflessness will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing her. May her spirit live on in the hearts of all who were touched by her kindness.

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  • May 15, 2024
    Linda Linder says:
    Dona was a good friend to my mother, Lucy Odom. Mama cherished their friendship. Dona rode with us to SC once to meet up with Vicki. I will always remember the good conversations we had on the way.

  • May 02, 2024
    Rev David C Wade says:
    Dear Family, Miss Dona was a lovely lady - so supportive and kind to me when I served as her Pastor at Wesley Memorial from 2009-2012. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Sincerely Rev David C Wade

  • May 02, 2024
    Ann B Mintz says:
    Dona will always have a special place in my heart. She worked with my mother, Joyce, Sue, Betty, Nancy and Bobbie at WMUMC (The Pumpkin Patch Church). This group of women had crafts on Mondays. They never missed an opportunity to go eat together. We would get together after church and go to lunch. I enjoyed my time with her. She loved to laugh.I will keep your whole family in my prayers.