Willie F. Martin

March 25, 1926 - Sept. 28, 2007

Willie F. Martin, 81, of Waukesha, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at home with her family by her side. She was born March 25, 1926, in Alabama, the daughter of Henry and Alma (nee Goddard) Roach.

After growing up on Look Out Mountain in Rossville, Ga., Willie married James F. Martin on Sept. 4, 1954. Together they lived in Massachusetts prior to moving to Minneapolis. It was there she chose to start a family and become a mother through adoption. The family moved to Wisconsin in 1964, and she has lived in Waukesha for the past 40 years. Although she held many jobs throughout her life, Willie is best remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a loving, caring person and mom not only to her own family, but to many others throughout the years.

Willie will be sadly missed by her three children, Jim (Barb) Martin of Brooklyn, John (Wendy) Martin of Hartland and Kathryn (John) Steiner of Rush, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, James (Maelea), Christina and Elizabeth Martin, Tera, Ashley and Allison Davis and Melissa, Rebecca, John and Emily Steiner; five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Emma Martin and Jordon, Wesley and Holly Davis; and two sisters, Carrie Brooks of Rossville, Ga., and J.D. Rentz of Cloudland, Ga. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Willie was preceded in death by her husband, James, on Feb. 3, 1996; sisters, Lillian, Lillie and Edna; brothers, Lonnie, Eugene and Andy Parks; and her parents.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Rolland Nelson Crossroads Hospice, 2033 Empire Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186, or to the American Cancer Society, N19-W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.

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