Sandy Springs Chapel

136 Mt Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, GA


Martha Dinos

October 23, 1932February 4, 2020

Martha Thompson Dinos, known affectionately as Mot, passed peacefully at her home in Vinings, Georgia, on February 4, 2020. She was 87.

Mot was an avid lover of the arts. She was a supporter of the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia, where she had a gallery named in her honor; a patron and member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Opera, where she never missed a performance; a member of the Center for Puppetry Arts Board of Directors, where she would annually host tables at the String Fling; and countless other arts organizations. She loved to travel, particularly on trips sponsored by the opera to see performances worldwide. In fact, she and her sister, Anne, had just returned from a trip to Dubai the week preceding her death. Mot, grounded by her faith, was a member of St. Phillip's Episcopal, where she attended services regularly. Mot was an avid reader, devouring books from her local library and bookstore alike. She was a lover of cats, most notably her former pets Miss Kitty and Miss Katty. She was preceded in death by her elder sister Mildred Thompson Bailey, of Saint Mary’s, Georgia. She is survived by her eldest sister Anne Thompson Bailey, of Cherry Log, Georgia; five nieces and nephews; and her many great nieces and great nephews. Mot was well known for her fiery personality, and well-loved by her many friends. Memorial services will be held at Sandy Springs Chapel, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11a.m. Visitation will be at Sandy Springs Chapel, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Atlanta Opera, which brought Mot such joy, at https://www.atlantaopera.org/give/give-now/ or The Atlanta Opera, Attn: Development, 1575 Northside Drive NW, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30318.


  • She was preceded in death by her elder sister Mildred Thompson Bailey, of Saint Mary’s, Georgia. She is survived by her eldest sister Anne Thompson Bailey, of Cherry Log, Georgia; five nieces and nephews; and her many great nieces and great nephews.

  • The Atlanta Opera


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 18, 2020


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Allen Yee

February 18, 2020

A truly beautiful person with a generous spirit, good humor, and amazing enthusiasm for life. An honor and privilege to know her. She will be dearly missed.

Carter Joseph

February 18, 2020

Mot has provided us with so many instances of generosity, wit, and just plain old common sense. Her sudden passing is a shock and loss to all of us, particularly at the Opera. She will be missed, but not forgotten. The last time I saw her was at the final performance of 'Freda', at intermission. She had not gotten a program, so I gave her mine. ( I took this as an order, not a hint.) Then I searched all over for a replacement, to find that staff had already trashed them. But I managed to retrieve one just before the second part was starting. With fond remembrance, Mot.

Shanie McCarty

February 10, 2020

While we met through a professional relationship, we quickly became friends which lead to me visiting her throughout the year. She was one of the most interesting people I have ever met - I could listen to her stories all day - she said what she meant and meant what she said! I just loved her wit, outlook on life, and her shrewd observations of others. I will miss you Martha! I am so sorry for this tremendous loss to her family and friends.

Michelle Schweber

February 10, 2020

Oh . . . I just adored Mot. We had the BEST time going to lunch and chatting on the phone - - she was so much fun . . . we would laugh and giggle for hours.

Here's a photo I took of Mot and Judy Garland . . . they were brainstorming ways to help the Center for Puppetry Arts just a few months ago.

I truly, truly, truly will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. XOXOXO

Erin Steele

February 10, 2020

The stars were in alignment when Mot and I crossed paths. Naturally she was volunteering for Trees Atlanta. Someone mentioned that I had been caring for a stray cat and she needed a real home. Mot came right over to my house and agreed to adopt her. I was sad but grateful. My heart was immediately put at ease when I carried the cat carrier to Mot’s car and had to move an embroidered pillow of a cat out of the seat. She named her Miss Kitty. I will forever be grateful to Mot.

Renee Smiley

February 10, 2020

Mot always made me giggle with her silliness. I loved that she had a nickname for me "Rennie" and she always chuckled at herself when she would call me that. I will miss her honesty and her wit. She brought so many smiles to my face. I'm proud to have known such a feisty, yet funny lady.

Matt Bailey

February 9, 2020

Some of my best Christmas memories are from being at her home for the annual family Christmas party. Her beautiful smile and warm hugs will be missed.

Robert Dean

February 8, 2020

Mot was a lovely lady, generous with her time and her treasure. We will always remember her charming and sometimes irreverent sense of humor.