Phyllis (Heatwole) Martin

January 20, 1939June 21, 2018
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Phyllis (Heatwole) Martin, 79, of Stuarts Draft, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018, after bravely and graciously fighting cancer. Phyllis went to be with Jesus at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 20, 1939 in Augusta County, the daughter of the late Alvin and Reba Heatwole of Waynesboro.

She was the wife of Garland Martin, married June 14, 1958, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Together they raised two sons on their farm in Stuarts Draft. Phyllis and her husband helped to plant Greenmonte Mennonite Church and were members there for over 60 years, where they faithfully served together.

Throughout her lifetime, Phyllis had many different roles within the community. She was a school bus driver, dental receptionist, retirement home and middle school cook and department store clerk. But most importantly, she dedicated her life to serving Jesus and those around her. In addition to teaching children’s Sunday school, she volunteered her time by serving on the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions, and being a childrens’ caregiver for MOPS. In her spare time, she liked to quilt, sew and cook for her family and many friends. One of her favorite yearly traditions was baking over one hundred pies and donating them to the Mennonite Relief Sale where she also served as Chairman of the Food Committee. This was a true expression of her servant’s heart. Her most favorite pastime was spending time with those she loved. You could often find her cheering in the stands at a granddaughter's soccer game or hosting family dinners at her home. She loved being known as “Grandma Phyllis”, not only to her own granddaughters, but to the children at church as well. Because of the way she served and loved others so genuinely and personally, she made everyone feel like they were a part of her family.

Survivors include her husband, Garland Martin; two sons, Michael Martin of Stuarts Draft, Rodney Martin and his wife, Renee of Stuarts Draft; four granddaughters, Rachel Lester, Rebekah Dooley, Rayah Martin, and Rissa Martin, and three sisters, Janeth Duncan and husband, Phillip, Rosalie Moyer and husband, Ronnie and Alvina Roth and husband, Rich; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Springdale Mennonite Church, 170 Hall School Rd, Waynesboro, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Following a private family burial, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at Springdale Mennonite Church at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 with Pastor Seth Hankee officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Phyllis may be directed to the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions at 601 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Phyllis (Heatwole) Martin

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Charlotte Burkholder

June 28, 2018

I just finished looking at the movie and found the picture of Phyllis and me when we were probably around 8 or 9 years old. We had so much fun when our families got together! She had 3 sisters (I always wanted one) and I had 3 brothers which she thought were wonderful. She didn't know whether to laugh or try not to (so as not to offend me) when they did something she thought was so funny (something like teasing me, I think!)

I'll never forget the trips our families took together, to Michigan, Florida, and when we spent a week together at Lost River State Park. A memory from Lost River is an embarrassing one for me. I cried because she had a prettier bathing suit than I did!

Phyllis was/is one of God's greatest gifts to me. I will deeply miss her. In our last conversation about l l/2 weeks before she went to glory, she told me her goals for each day--to trust and to be thankful. What a wonderful inspiration and challenge she left for me.

May God give all of you an extra measure of His comfort during these next days and weeks.
With Love, Charlotte

Dan McGann

June 27, 2018

I Am So Sorry To Hear About Phyllis. Alot Of Memories Back At Greenmonte. Rodney I Am Thinking Of You And The Family Today. I Pray God Will Watch Over You This Week And Give You Peace.

Laurence & Evelyn Sauder

June 26, 2018

Dear Garland, Michael, Rodney & Renee & family,
No one needs to remind you that you lost someone very dear and special to each of you in specific ways. Phyllis' love, friendship, consideration and care for others was evident to all who knew her.

We pray that each of you may experience a special sense of God's presence, care & comfort in this time of loss; that you may also find comfort and peace in the realization that many friends care.

With love and prayers, Laurence & Evelyn Sauder

Susan Hartzler

June 23, 2018

Grandma Phyllis touched many of our hearts. I will always remember how she loved children and made each little child feel special in her presence. My special memory happened in 2005 when my son Nicholas was in the hospital for a week due a ruptured appendix. Grandma Phyllis came to visit us in the hospital and sat with 4 year old Nick so I could have a break. That touched my heart deeply. You were deeply loved and will be missed.