Naomi Ruth Martin

July 4, 1924 - March 23, 2017
Naomi Ruth Martin


Naomi Ruth Whitley Martin, age 92, of Wilmington, passed away on Thursday, March 23,2017, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

She was born on July 04, 1924, into a large farm family of eight children on an 81 acre farm near Archer Lodge in Johnston County, NC, the daughter of John and and Annie Carroll Whitley.

Ruth was married to Travis Martin, Sr. and raised two children Travis, Jr and Suzanne Bircher.

During her adult life she lived in many cities in NC, Raleigh, Marion, Charlotte, Huntersville, Beaufort and Morehead City and also in Hartsville, SC. Her retirement years, almost 25, of which were spent in Morehead City held special memories of Ruth and Travis. Her final years were spent in Wilmington at an assisted living home.

Ruth was loved by many. She gave tirelessly to her church members and did volunteer work in the community. Ruth became an LPN nurse in her 50’s and worked in nursing homes, she loved helping the elderly probably because she helped her mother nurse her bedridden father for seven years after he had a stroke. Her last church membership was in Morehead City at St. Peters United Methodist Church.

She loved her home in Brandywine Bay and worked in her yard all year long and she loved to walk in the neighborhood for exercise. She was loved by many.

Together with her parents she was predeceased by her husband.

She is survived by her children, five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Service on Saturday, April 1,2017, 11:00 AM at Longview Baptist Church 2308 N New Hope Road, Raleigh NC 919.231.3747

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • March 27, 2017
    DEBORAH ALDRIDGE says:
    I MET "MRS.RUTH"IN OCTOBER 2012 WHEN MY MOTHER,HELEN REYNOLDS,WAS IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING INTO ASSISTED LIVING AT PACIFICA/ NOW MORNINGSIDE.SHE WAS SO GRACIOUS AND COMFORTING TO MY MOTHER DURING HER ADJUSTMENT THERE.JUST A SOFT TOUCH OF REASSURANCE AND HER SMILE MEANT SO MUCH TO MY MOM AND ME .SOMETIMES I WOULD MAKE SURE SHE HAD HER 'WALKER"BEFORE LEAVING THE DINING ROOM BECAUSE MOTHER WANTED TO MAKE SURE SHE WAS OK.SADLY,HELEN (MY MOTHER) PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 21,2017.I KNOW THAT "MRS RUTH"and MOTHER ARE NOW IN PEACE AND SMILING AT ONE ANOTHER AS I OFTEN SAW THEM DO.MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU DURING THE DAYS AHEAD.

  • March 28, 2017
    Kathy and Steve Pruitt lit a candle:
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