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Wilma L. Martin

d. May 30, 2023

Wilma Lee (Hamilton) Martin, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. She was born February 21,1936 to William and Ada (Tate) Hamilton in Ursa, Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her parents,

She married Richard Dwight Martin on April 5,1958 in Ursa Christian Church, Ursa, Illinois.

Wilma is survived by her husband Richard; children, Bradley (Susan) Martin, Sherry (Curt) Williams, Darla Reed, Mary (Kyle Sr.) King; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister, Carolyn (Fred) Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Unity High School, Mendon, Illinois and later earned her nursing degree from Blessing School of Nursing and an associated degree from Springfield College in Illinois.

Wilma enjoyed a successful nursing career in the central Illinois area.  She was a member of the Faith Outreach Christian Center.

She enjoyed playing piano, trombone and the dulcimer, singing, Swedish weaving, gardening,  reading, sewing and quilting.

She was faithful to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ all of her life.  Her sweet smile will be missed by everyone.

Visitation for Wilma will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  An additional visitation will be held  on Saturday, June 3 2023 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral services at 11:00 AM at Faith Outreach Christian Center in Sherman.  Pastor Paul Ayappa will be officiating.  Burial will be held immediately after the services at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Faith Outreach Christian Center; 6800 Bahr Road; Sherman, IL 62684.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Wilma is a cousin of mine. We have not be in contact for awhile. I have always enjoyed her company and she always had a smile. Dick and family my sympathy to all of you.

  2. To Dick, Brad, and family–

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of Wilma. She was always a wonderful

    lady to me, always had a smile, always had something nice to say.

    Rest assured she is with the Good Lord now, and will be waiting for all of you to

    join her.

    May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

    Bob & Patty Engel

    Jacksonville, Florida

  3. Sherry and family–I was sorry to learn of Wilma’s passing. I have fond memories of her kindness and sweet spirit. You have my deepest sympathy.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to the entire Martin family.

  5. Sherry & Family-Our deepest condolences to you all. We are thinking of you and
    your mom is in a better place and will always be with you in your heart!

  6. So sorry to hear this. I know you are very close with your parents. JN

  7. Susan,
    Sympathy for you and your family on the loss of your loved one.

  8. To all the family-

    What a wonderful lady. Always so nice and pleasant. Our deepest sympathy.

  9. To all the family,

    Wilma was a faithful witness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    Sherry invited me to a backyard bible club at her home some 48 years ago because of Wilma’s willingness to open her home for the gospel presentation; that night, I heard the gospel for the first time. I put my trust in the Lord that night and asked the Lord to save me. I believe that seed was sewn into my heart that night. What a difference that made in my life. Your Mother was indeed an incredible blessing to me. I am so thankful for that one act of kindness and hospitality. That is just one story. I am sure countless people have a testimony like mine because of her love for Jesus. What a blessing she can genuinely hear Jesus say well done, good and faithful servant. She is in the care of our Lord. I wish I had known her more. I had only seen her through the years from time to time. I have never forgotten her faithfulness. May the Lord comfort you at this time and give you peace, knowing she is with the Father.
    You are all in my prayers.
    Because He lives, you can face tomorrow
    In Christs love
    Deanne Mulkins

  10. Sherry and Family,

    Your mom was so sweet. Any conversation I ever had with her, she was always smiling, even while talking. I will be praying for all of you to find comfort in the happy memories.

    Thinking of you all and sending my love during this difficult time.

    Jenni (Richardson) Reagan and Family

  11. Prayers for your families.

  12. I only remember bits and pieces of being around this lady. What I remember most was how sweet she was. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  13. So sorry to hear you’re mom was a wonderful lady was blessed to know her

  14. I loved Wilma so much!! She was a great friend, nurse, and co-worker!! She was such a sweet lady!! Sending hugs and prayers to the family!!🙏🙏

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