Martha Whitmore Wooten
May 12, 1947 – November 1, 2019
On May 12, 1947 in Monroe, Louisiana a beautiful baby girl was born to Leslie and Dorothy (McKinney) Whitmore and blessed this world! We all knew this beautiful woman as Martha Wooten. God knew Martha would be someone special. She was delivered into this world by her Great-Grandmother, born on her birthday and named after her. Martha was called to be with the Lord on Friday, November 1, 2019. Martha was a baby when her family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended the Historic Westside school and went on to graduate from Western High School. After graduation Martha went to Cosmetology school and worked for a short period as a hairstylist. She made a career move into the hospitality industry working at the International Hotel later acquired by Hilton, as a Reservation Agent. As we all know Martha was a go getter, she quickly moved up and accepted a position as the Room Reservation Manager at the Treasury Hotel.
Martha met Herman Cungtion while working at the Treasury Hotel. It was love at first sight for these two. Martha and Herman were married, and she moved her family to Los Angeles, California where they lived for several years.
In the early 1980’s Herman, Martha and her children returned to Las Vegas. She began a career with the Southern Nevada Employment and Training Program. This position was truly work she enjoyed. Martha worked with young adults in the community. She scheduled and lead training sessions, found employment for the applicants that offered on the job training and assisted many with finding educational assistance.
Martha also worked many years for the Las Vegas Housing Authority as an Occupancy Specialist. Working at the Housing Authority allowed her to continue helping others. She enjoyed giving back both professionally and personally to everyone in the community. After she retired, she continued giving back to her community, providing information and resources on how to become self-sufficient while encouraging everyone to be the best they could be. Martha also mentored young ladies on being professional, respectful, strong, and independent. She was affiliated with the Urban League of Southern Nevada and sat on various committees, two of which were the Miss Black Teenage Las Vegas Pageant and the Black and White Ball.
Martha had a free spirit, a heart of gold, and lived every day to the fullest. She loved life and she loved the Lord. Martha attended several churches in Las Vegas from her childhood church, Second Baptist to Mt. Zion where she worshipped until becoming ill and departing this life. Being the Christian that she was, her home was open to everyone. Her personality and profession allowed her to develop many friendships and lifelong bonds. Everyone knew that if they needed somewhere to stay or something to eat, Martha’s house was the place to go.
Martha, who was lovingly known as “Coola”, was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Cungtion; parents Leslie and Dorothy (McKinney) Whitmore, brothers; Clifford Earl Whitmore, Johnnie Lee Whitmore and Orlando Whitmore.
Martha leaves to cherish her memory, Joseph Wooten (Ex-Spouse), daughter Nichelle (Nisha) Carter, son Jermaine Wooten (Dora), Sister, Devi Whitmore-Laws (Scott), brothers; Duane E. Whitmore and Royal H. Wilcox, three grandsons Andre Carter, DeVante Carter, and Sean Tory; two great-grandchildren Josiah and Ziana Carter; six nieces, Nichole Whitmore, Nieascha McFarlane, Kiaescha Whitmore, Sheila Walker, Leia Johnson, Sierra Laws; nine nephews, Ricardo Crockett, Anthony Banks, Mario Jones, Royal D. Wilcox, Derrick Whitmore, Jamey Gisendaner, Jasara Whitmore, Duane D. Whitmore, and Bryan Barnes; three Goddaughters, Danielle Lovett-Montague, Yvonne Tory, Y’Nella Titus and a host of relatives and friends.
Martha “Coola,” was loved unconditionally and will truly be missed by many.
- Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019
Martha Whitmore Wooten
November 16, 2019
May God continue to give this Family strength.
Thank you Martha for all pizza you fed me when I was pregnant with my first child because that’s all I wanted to eat!! LOL! I also thank you for always being kind,Funny, caring and just being you. Now you take your place with Angels.
November 14, 2019
Dear Devi and family-
My deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Martha.
I pray you may find strength, courage, peace and comfort in your love for her and for each other, during this difficult time.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.