Martha J. Lemasters

June 08, 1923 ‒ December 11, 2006

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Martha J. Lemasters

Martha Jane Lemasters (nee Michael), 83, Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, Dec. 11 in Bradenton, FL after a short illness. She had moved to an assisted living apartment in October to be near her daughter.

Born in Akron, Ohio on June 8, 1923, she was a graduate of Kent (OH) State High School. She started her secretarial career in the 1940s with the Davey Tree Company in Kent followed by employment with Cooper-Bessemer Company, Mount Vernon and Foote Foundry, Fredericktown. She held the position of Mount Vernon Municipal Clerk of Courts for 17 years being appointed by four consecutive mayors. She retired in 1986.

An accomplished pie baker, she lovingly shared them with her friends and neighbors and was known to drop off a pie for someone before she went to work. She also loved to pick strawberries for her homemade jam, enjoyed sewing and home decorating. But nothing made her happier than a family gathering at her home. She formerly attended the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Utica, and the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon.

She is survived by one daughter, Shirley (Robert) Berg, Medina; three sons, Dr. William (Janet) McDonald, Charleston, WV; John (Joyce) McDonald, Murray, KY and Gordie McDonald, Worthington; two step-daughters, Patricia McDonald, Bellville and Judy (Peter) Clarke, Blacksburg, VA; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Ruth Keiper, Akron and a brother, Gene Michael, Upper Saddle River, NJ, the former shortstop, manager and currently Sr. Advisor of the New York Yankees and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands William McDonald and Davis Lemasters, her parents, Claude and Verna Michael and two brothers and three sisters.

Calling hours will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where the funeral is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions, in Martha’s name, can be made to the Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.

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