Margaret Fundinger Martin

August 2, 1929February 8, 2020

Margaret Fundinger Martin Born Aug 2, 1929 and died Feb 8, 2020 at the age of 90.

She was born in Macon, GA and moved to Chattanooga at the age of 6. Her parents were Walter A. Sr. and Lottie Barber Fundinger. She graduated from Central High School and attended Chattanooga State. She also received a degree from the Chicago Institute of Interior Design. She has been an active member of Grace Episcopal Church since 1952, serving in many capacities. She was the Chairman of the Music Committee, the first female Chalice Bearer, served as Lector and a member of the Vestry. She wrote "Salty Christians", the history of Grace Episcopal Church and was named "Church Historian" in 1995. She was an early organizer of St. Nicholas School where she served as music director. She was a church organist for several years at local churches. In 1966, Lee and Margaret opened Lee Paint Center, Inc. Margaret was a very talented interior designer, writer and musician. In addition to being an accomplished organist, she played the piano and the accordion.

She is predeceased by her husband, Lee Battle Martin, Sr. and son, Lance Barber Martin.

She is survived by her children, Janie Martin (Tony) Duke, Lee Battle "Kit"(Cathy) Martin, Jr. and Lyn Martin (David Helton). Her grandchildren are Chris (Allie) Duke, Kerry (Katy) Duke, and Alex (Sarah) Duke. Great-grandchildren are MacKenna Duke, Lance Duke, Cade Duke, Jack Duke, Emily Duke, Caroline Duke, Kellan Duke and Hallie Duke.

A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at the Grace Episcopal Church on Friday February 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior beginning at 10:00 a.m. She will be reunited with her husband, Lee in the Forest Hills Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers at Elmcroft Assisted Living on Gunbarrel Road and Kindred Hospice for the kindness and excellent care they provided our mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice in Cleveland, TN or the Food Pantry at Grace Episcopal Church.

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

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Trish (Trimby) White

February 10, 2020

My family lived across the street from the Martins for six years. I was six when we moved there. I’ve always told everyone I had the best childhood and Mrs Martin was part of it. I treasure the part that each family played in those years of my life. Janie, Kit, Lyn and families, my deepest sympathies.

Mary Cline

February 9, 2020

Margaret Martin was a neighbor and one of my best friend's Mom, Lyn Martin. I will always remember her laugh and the way she always made me feel welcome both at her home and the store when I was a child. The whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace and know you are remembered fondly. Mary Alice (Gunn) Cline

Angela Evans

February 9, 2020

It was truly an honor knowing Ms Martin. She was always so sweet and kind. She will truly be missed.