Martha Ann AbbottMay 10, 1941 ~ October 17, 2017 (age 76)
Martha Ann Abbott
Martha Ann Abbott was born on May 10, 1941, to Roy and Hazel Wampler. She was the first of two children.
Martha Ann felt a calling into Christian education. She attended Hiwassee College for two years, then two years in Scarritt, where she met Ron Abbott, whom she would eventually marry.
Martha was a dedicated spouse and served in the churches, through Sunday school, women’s ministries, and choir, as Ron served the Methodist church in ministry for 41.75 years, serving 4 appointments in the Tennessee Conference and 5 in the Holston Conference. Martha was very active with the churches, even during the years where she dedicatedly cared for her son, David, who had cerebral palsy.
After David, as an adult, moved into a home where he could receive necessary care, Martha began work at Pathway Bible Book Store, then Precept Ministries, where she served for several years in a number of different positions. Shortly after Ron was forced to retire due to his muscular dystrophy, Martha retired in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and stayed actively in contact with her many friends from different churches. David passed away in 2007 and Ron passed away in 2008.
Martha died on October 17, 2017, after her health declined. Her body will be laid to rest in Winchester, Tennessee, at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, in the family plot next to her husband and son.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Norman Hankins, her son Bill Abbott; her daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Chris Royse; and ten grandchildren.