OBITUARY

Helen Woodward Martin

January 17, 1923May 5, 2018

95, passed away peacefully, May 5, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred R. Martin III; and sister, Margret Woodward Laughinberg. Helen is survived by brother, Eugene B. Woodward (Joan); sister-in-law, Wilma Martin; daughters, Rosanne Creed (Thomas), Jane Carswell (Haynes); grandchildren, Jackson Elsberry (Kimberly), Ashley Rini (Chip), Trey Carswell (Kim), James Creed (Jerri), Elizabeth Fontes (David), Richard Creed; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was a strong and caring wife, mother, and friend. Helen lived her life to the fullest. She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, ECW, and Saint Monica’s Circle. She attended Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle, Plant High School, and Florida State College for Women, where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She was a volunteer, fed the hungry, and was a member of The Junior League of Tampa, board member of The Light House for The Blind, Chiselers, Lamplighters, and Tampa Museum of Art. She was a resident of Canterbury Tower and a member of The Friends of Canterbury Health Center.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers for the loving care provided.

There will be a family graveside service at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church Foundation, 509 E. Twiggs St., Tampa, FL 33602, or the charity of your choice. View Guest Book at www.tampabay.com/obits

  • FAMILY

  • Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Fred R. Martin III; and sister, Margret Woodward Laughinberg. Helen is survived by brother, Eugene B. Woodward (Joan); sister-in-law, Wilma Martin; daughters, Rosanne Creed (Thomas), Jane Carswell (Haynes); grandchildren,
    Jackson Elsberry (Kimberly), Ashley Rini (Chip), Trey Carswell (Kim), James Creed (Jerri), Elizabeth Fontes (David), Richard Creed; and 12 great-grandchildren.
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church Foundation

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, May 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Helen Woodward Martin

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Susan Curtis

May 13, 2018

A long happy life punctuated with a great husband and two fun smart daughters and all those grands and greats. I am sad for all of them and love them very much although from far away. I miss my mother everyday so even though I know you are celebrating her wonderful life, there is that empty space that no one will ever replace. Thinking of you. Your mother was a fine lady in every way..nothing better to say than that.

John Bachman

May 12, 2018

Mrs. Martin watched over us as kids. I can remember sitting and talking to fred and helen in their living room trying my best to act natural. I was fortunate to have known helen and her family

FROM THE FAMILY