Sunday, January 08, 2012

Martha Ann Salter (1949 - 2012)

Martha Ann Salter (1949 - 2012)

Martha Ann Salter


Martha Ann Salter of Chumuckla, died January 5, 2012 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. God called and she slipped from the arms of her loving family into the waiting hands of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Martha has joy in her heart knowing that she would reunite with love ones that had preceded her to Heaven.

Martha was born in Atmore, Alabama on February 13, 1949 to the late Walter Woodrow & Irene Stacey Raines. Her father died when she was 10 years old. Hard times followed for the family. Those hard times helped shape her life in a positive way. It made her strong, confident and not afraid of hard work. Martin Salter came into her life and it was love at first sight. They married on April 10, 1965 at Brownsdale Baptist Church in Santa Rosa County. Although Martha was 16 at the time, she went on to complete her education and held a number of positions. She was employed by the Santa Rosa School Board, was an x-ray technician, and lastly was a correctional officer for the state. Her most important job was that of a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

The church and her family were central in her life. Martha led many to the Lord. She was a proud member of Pine Level Baptist Church and loved her church family dearly. Martha was proud of her Native American heritage. She recently became a member of the Santa Rosa Creek Indian Tribe. She received her tribal name of Bright Star. Now, when her family views the night sky they will be reminded of her physical and spiritual beauty.

Every moment is precious when death is near. Martha was able to embrace those moments to talk with those she loved sharing last thoughts, memories and wishes. She leaves behind her husband, Martin; her only daughter, Angela (Michael) Pennell; Grandchildren, Bradley (Candace) Pennell and Katie Pennell; great-grandchildren, Faith Pennell, Gabriel Pennell, Jacob Lewis and Elizabeth Pennell; Siblings, Billy (Shirley) Raines, Hazel (Buddy) Beasley, Helen Cresson, Dale (Ray) Hyde, Ruth Cameron, Patricia Raines and many nieces, nephews, and cousins that she loved dearly.

The family would like to thank Dr. C. David Smith, Dr. Alejandro A. Inclan, Dr. Gerald Lowery and all the Covenant Hospice Doctors, Nurses and Employees.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Monday, January 9, 2012 at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel with Dr. Gary Crawford and Rev. Bobby Carnley officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Level Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 9:00 PM Sunday, January 8, 2012 at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on January 8, 2012

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