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Martha E. McNamee
Martha E. McNameeSewingMartha E. McNamee, 102, of Essex, died peacefully Wednesday evening January 1, 2020 at Heartland of Marion.

Martha was born November 27, 1917 at the home farm on Patterson Rd. to the late Clarence W. and Ilo Mae (Brady) Patterson, she was also preceded in death by her husband John W. McNamee, they were married June 8, 1939 and he died December 23, 2002, also preceding her in death was her only son, Charles Weston “Chuck’ McNamee and her sister, Ruth M. Martin.

Martha was a lifelong member of the Rush Creek (Essex) United Methodist Church. She was a 1936 graduate of the Richwood High School. Martha had served as a cook for the North Union Elementary for nearly 25 years.

But the true center of her life was her family and her farm life. It can be said that Martha was the “Matriarch of Northern Union County” as she enjoyed knowing all that was going on and usually somehow involved with the activities in that part of the world. She was “Grandma” to many, not just her family.

Martha sewed for many in the area, she also enjoyed quilting and knitting. She was very particular about the quality of the clothes she wore, as she would redo the clothes she bought to bring them up to her standards. Gardening and canning served her family well as no one ever went hungry at her home.

Martha always enjoyed the Richwood Fair, as she could be seen there most days in her golf cart going from one event to another. In the last 102 years, she had only missed two fairs!
Martha always appreciated her relationship with the local Amish community, they were kind of kindred spirits.

From horse and buggy to the internet, she has seen a lot over her years.

Surviving is her daughter in law, Linda McNamee of Essex, grandchildren: Scott (Lisa) McNamee and Mark McNamee both of Essex, great-grandchildren: Jennifer (Kyle) Jones and Grant (Jackee) McNamee
Great-great-grandchildren: Nathan, William, Logan, Trulee and Rush
And many extended family

Funeral services will be held Monday January 6, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Rush Creek (Essex) United Methodist Church, Pastor Josh Freshour will officiate, burial will follow in the Price Cemetery, Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Rush Creek UMC at P. O. Box 115 Richwood, Ohio 43344, The Richwood Independent Fair at PO Box 71 Richwood, Ohio 43344

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#1 from: johna nibert
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 1:53 PM

So sorry to hear this. She has been a great Lady and will certainly be missed.
                    Johna Nibert

#2 from: Sharon
Richwood Ohio
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 1:56 PM

Sorry to hear about your loss my prayers are with your family

#3 from: Marsha K Harmon
La Rue
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:04 PM

To the McNamee family, I am so sorry for you loss. Martha was a great and sweet lady. Know you are all in my prayers.

#4 from: Jerry and Peg Gray Weaver
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:15 PM

Linda and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss, but wow, what a wonderful and blessed life she had. She was truly a remarkable woman and will be missed by so many who knew and lovd her.
May God bless you all with His peace and comfort in the days ahead.

#5 from: Rona and Renetta Penix
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:17 PM

We miss seeing Martha driving about town,  So saddened to read of her passing! She truly was the Matriarch of Northern Union county and was well loved by those who knew her. Her work on earth is done and God knew it was her time to rest.  I think we all learned so much from her life and endeavors, we are eternally grateful for that.

#6 from: Karen E Landon
Ft Pierce, Fl.
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:17 PM

McNamee Family,
 My deepest sympathy, at this time of loss. I know the many fond memories, family, and friends will help you during this time.Always great memories, thinking of the McNamee family

#7 from: Cindy BLACKBURN
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:23 PM

I'm soooooooo sorry for all of you. Martha was just one of the SWEETEST LADYS I'VE EVER KNOWN. SHE LOVED TO LAUGH GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU 🙏🏻🙏🏻💖💕💓

#8 from: Dresback family
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:26 PM

We are so Sorry for your loss!!  Prayers, Thoughts and Hugs!! Heading your way.

#9 from: Larry and Tammy Mannasmith
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:53 PM

We are sad for your families loss.  Martha was quite a gal and will be missed by everyone in the county. I have no doubt the choir in heaven is having a grand concert!!

#10 from: Ralph and Sue Huffman
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:58 PM

Sending Prayers and Hugs to the  McNamee family

#11 from: Pam Simpson
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 3:14 PM

What a great lady her and grandma would at the school for years she will be mist

#12 from: Pat Hamilton
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 3:28 PM

So sorry to hear this. She was a wonderful person and seemed to live a healthy and happy life. We are thinking of you all.

#13 from: Dave and Teresa Dempsey
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 4:01 PM

To all the McNamee family, Jennifer Jones and family. Sorry about grandma Martha we loved her dearly . She always bough a smile and laughter. She was.such kind soul. She will be missed.  Love and prayers David and Teresa.

#14 from: JoAnn Tosco
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 4:20 PM

Sorry for your loss and sending prayers Martha was wonderful and caring person and will be missed

#15 from: Gary Mannasmith
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 4:41 PM

What a wonderful long life with so many exciting chapters. Martha was Grandma and Guidance Director to many. So sorry for your loss, she will be missed.

#16 from: Janet Dysert
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 4:50 PM

Martha gave so very much to her family and community and church.  As a 4-H advisor such good memories. Thinking of all in celebration of her life.

#17 from: Brad and Bonnie Besst
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Sorry For your loss. She was a great lady and will be missed

        Brad & Bonnie Besst.


#18 from: Carola McMahan
McMahan Rd.  Richwood
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:06 PM

LINDA, My thoughts are with you and your family at this time of deep sorrow.

#19 from: Diana Vance
Chapmanville,  WV 25508
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:27 PM

So sorry for the family's loss. My sister Teresa who is Grant McNamee mother in law and Jackee's Mother's has share several memories of what an amazing woman Martha was. About love of canning and participating in fair.How active she was and the love they all had for her.Wish I had met her. May the Lord comfort the family in this difficult time and the days to come . Diana and Tennis Vance..

#20 from: Lisa
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 6:19 PM

So sorry for your loss....she was a great lady.  

#21 from: Judy Hall Baker
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 6:43 PM

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all, she will be greatly missed.

#22 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 6:48 PM

McNamee Family,
 So very sorry to hear of the passing of Martha.She was a wonderful friend of my mom and our family and always there when a friend was needed and just a good laugh for the day. She will be so missed by all who knew her.Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

#23 from: Judy Nickel
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 6:49 PM

To everyone who loved Martha so very much,  May God wrap His loving arms around each one who loved Martha so very much and bring you peace, comfort, love, and understanding!  Martha was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly!  May God be with each of you during this difficult time!  God Bless!

#24 from: Brent & Kim Chapman
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 7:11 PM

Everyone loved Martha and Martha loved everyone. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed.  Many heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the McNamee family along with the Patterson Road & Essex communities.

#25 from: Stacie Beltz
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 7:16 PM

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of such a wonderful person.
The Robert Reese family
Stacie and Vernon Beltz

#26 from: Mike and Beckie Congrove
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 7:49 PM

Dear Linda and Family,  So sorry to learn of your loss.  Martha was a busy little soul and involved in so many activities and
People's lives.  Remembering the lamb for the Lamb Banquet.
Our thoughts are with you all.

#27 from: Debra Brown
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 7:55 PM

Martha was a beautiful woman inside and out. I remember her when I was just kids. Rest In Peace Ms. Martha. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

#28 from: Jaime (Juzwiak) Cowgill
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 8:48 PM

Sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady who will be truly missed by many.  Prayers to her family.

#29 from: terry everly
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 8:55 PM

sorry for your loss. martha always remember me and said hi to me at the fair.she was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed

#30 from: Randy and Barb Sullivan
W. Mansfield
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 9:31 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. We loved visiting with Martha and celebrating her 100th birthday with her. Laughing and enjoying the fair board Christmas parties. She was a special friend and will always be in our hearts. Love, Randy and Barb

#31 from: Robin Westbrook
Plain City, Oh
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 9:34 PM

I was saddened to hear of the loss of your grandmother.  What a blessing for you and your family to have had her in your lives for as long as you did.  Sending prayers of comfort and peace.

#32 from: Bobb Swihart
Indian lake
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 9:59 PM

Sorry for your loss prayers to the McNamee family

#33 from: Sherri Buyer
North Lewisburg
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 10:56 PM

To the McNamee family! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Martha was a very sweet and giving lady. I know she will truly be missed. God Bless

#34 from: Cindy Oberdier
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 11:27 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. I already enjoyed being in her presence. At Chuck’s funeral she asked me to come and visit, however, time slipped away and we never got to talk again. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

#35 from: Nancy Wiley
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 7:31 AM

Linda, Scott, Mark and families,  I am so sorry to hear of Martha's passing.  She was a wonderful lady and a loving role model for her family and community.   She touched my life when I moved into this area and was a special lady.  She saw David and I at the jewelry store the night we got engaged and knew before anyone that we had made that purchase.  She was a grandma to so many and a friend to all.  May God Bless you at this difficult time.  Hugs and Prayers.  Nancy Wiley

#36 from: John and Kay  Coder
Marion Ohio
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 7:54 AM

What a long life Martha had ! What a celebration of her life has brought so much joy to so many. We were all blessed by her presence.We are sorry for your loss Martha will be missed by many.

#37 from: Bud and Judy
Harlingen , texas
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 8:47 AM

So sorry to hear about Martha, but what a great life she lead and what memories she left with the whole family:and their families love all of you

#38 from: Ralph and Marlene Harmon Stidham
Blairsville, Georgia
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 8:49 AM

So sorry for your loss but know that Martha touched so many lives in so very many ways.  Taught me how to make snickerdoodle cookies in 4H and so much more.  Our sympathies to your family.

#39 from: Gary and Susie Crofut
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 2:44 PM

Martha was the most fun loving lady in the community and was loved by everyone who knew her.  What a truly beautiful lady! Our love and prayers to her family.
                Gary and Susie Crofut

#40 from: Rhonda Judd
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 4:30 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Martha. I am a granddaughter of Forrest and Vida Price and I loved when I would be at their house and she would come to visit. She would always take the time to talk to me as well. She was also my Sunday School teacher and my VBS teacher. I can still see her in the basement of the church teaching us. She was a very special lady. I’m keeping your family in my prayers.

#41 from: Thomas S Patterson
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 7:18 PM

We will always miss Martha, I am glad for the times we had together and memories of her and advise that she gave me.

#42 from: Traci Hoffman
West Mansfield
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 8:42 PM

So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful lady. She was grandma to everyone young and old. My fondness memories are from the fairs and her many entries. And fairboard Christmas parties with dad.

#43 from: Marvina H. Shark
Beaufort, NC
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 10:49 PM

Praying for you all.  Martha will be missed by a lot of people.  She had been on my mind the past several years.  Enjoyed her at the 4 H meetings.
Love Hugs and Prayers.  Marvina Harmon Shark

#44 from: Bill Price
Richwood, Oh
Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 10:12 AM

I am so sorry to all of  the McNamee family for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. I can remember when we were kids, John would take us younger boys for a sled ride around the country side. When we got done, Martha would make sure that we went into the house to get warm before we went on home. She was a great Lady.

#45 from: Nancy Hobbs
Plano, TX
Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Martha was a wonderful neighbor to my family and over the years had always kept in touch telling me about her family and happenings around Essex and Richwood.  She was loved and respected by so many and will be greatly missed.  Prayers for all of the family.

#46 from: Cheryl Cooley
Marysville, Ohio
Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 12:45 PM

I so appreciated Martha's beautiful smile, gracious spirit, and warmth of personhood in those days we shared time at North Union Elementary.  She was just the loveliest of souls and my privilege to have known.  Prayers for comfort in your loss.  

#47 from: Rebecca George
Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 2:58 PM

It seems like I have always known Martha.  She was a classmate of my Aunt Ruth and our cousin, Nelson Blue.  I remember her reciting humorous little essays at Grange and other local events.  Since my grandmother's childhood home was next door to Martha's home, I went to her for family and local history information. She had a good memory and apparently the genes for her father's longevity.  Her outgoing spirit will be remembered forever. Her progeny must be able to chuckle often when thinking of her. God Bless All.

#48 from: Dave & Willa Amstutz
Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 2:59 PM

Sure will miss Martha. She was one of a kind . I so enjoyed our conversations. When I asked "whats new around here" one hour later I received all the new news around the family as well as the community.Then we had cookies and coffee. She made my day. Dave.

#49 from: Robin Herzog
West Liberty
Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 3:23 PM

Martha was the sweetest woman ever. I remember waiting on her at the Heritage when I was a young girl waiting tables. She also was my favorite customer and we would fight over who was going to wait on her. She would always ask me "Where's your area today?" She always choose me,I never had to fight anyone to be grateful to sit with her, talk to her, get her lunch but mainly her wisdom. What a wonderful lady! She'll be greatly missed! Love and hugs to your family! Robin Herzog

#50 from: Tammy Fout
Mt Victory
Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Linda Scott Lisa  Mark & families. So sorry for your loss. Martha was a very special lady that left a legacy  as well many memories for our community. She never knew a stranger & she loved to tell stories about when she was younger. I will always cherish the stories she would tell me about Chuck & my dad when they were little. Martha had a lot of our community in Heaven both young & old that was welcoming her to her new life. Hugs to you all

#51 from: Rita Headington Parker
Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 1:38 PM

Martha will be missed not only by her family but also those who knew her.  She had a positive impact on many during her long life.  I always enjoyed seeing Martha and her friendly smile.  I also enjoyed talking with Martha; she was always interested in everyone and curious about everything.

#52 from: Carl and Ronda Conrad
Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 3:21 PM

What a wonderful person ! I know she will be missed , but so fortunate to have known Martha. Always enjoyed talking to her .Sorry for your loss.

#53 from: Doris and Richard Griffith
Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 5:50 PM

What a long, interest in and worthwhile life our good friend lived! She was a blessing to her car family, her friends, and to her community. A life well lived. You have our sympathy and love. Doris and Richard

#54 from: Carolyn ( Jamison)
Lorida, FL
Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 6:11 PM

To the McNamee family, I am so sorry about the loss of Martha.  She was such a great lady.  Everyone knew her;Everyone loved her!!  May she be reunited with the 2 male loves of her life, John and Chuck!!

Carolyn Jamison Fulford
And the whole Jamison Family

#55 from: Peggy Jamison
Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 11:48 PM

Dear McNamee Family,

Martha will never be forgotten! What a special and spunky lady she was! Prayers for comfort for you all! Until we meet again, Martha!

#56 from: Teresa Rockenbaugh
Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 7:42 AM

Prayers for your loss! She was a lady with a beautiful smile and so much kindness! I am sure she left you all with memorable memories over how many years! She will be missed!

#57 from: Dave/Deb Tevis Clayton
Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 10:12 PM

Linda and extended families...
What a blessing to have Martha for many years. I would visit her at Heartland and she had such a sharp mind.  She loved her cross-word and find-a-word puzzles. What a cornerstone she was to see at The Richwood Fair. Sending prayers of peace.
Dave/Deb Clayton

#58 from: Barb Harrison
Athens , OH
Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Dear McNamee Family,
My deepest sympathy .I am saddened to hear of Martha’s death. I know that your memories will give you strength. She was an amazing woman and taught me many things about the value of  community! I remember her teaching me how to measure dry ingredients at a 4-H meeting at Essex church ❤️ She will be missed.

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