Obituary of Martha M. Maddox
On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Heaven received another precious saint. Martha M. Maddox, 97, lifelong resident of Marion, exchanged her earthly body for a glorified body. She is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born in Grant County on November 10, 1921, Martha was the daughter of E. Arlie and Mary Pownell. She graduated from Marion High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Marion College and Master’s degree from Ball State University. She taught first grade for 28 years with Marion Community Schools until her retirement.
On December 22, 1945, she married H. Leon Maddox, and they had three children: Arlene, Caroline, and Paul. She loved her church at Chapel Pike Wesleyan, where she was a member and served as a Sunday School teacher, Board member, church custodian, and in many other areas. Some of her favorite hobbies were reading, working Bible study, and quilting.
At the tender age of five years at Tenth Street Pilgrim Holiness, Martha asked Jesus to come into her heart. Throughout her life, she shared the love of Jesus and invested in others without grandeur, without notice. She was a fervent prayer warrior, student of the Bible, and humble servant of Christ. Martha ran the race with grace and strength, and she has received the prize for a life that was well-lived, for a life that was completely committed, abandoned, and devoted to her Heavenly Father. Looking into Jesus’ eyes, she heard the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Survivors include her children: Arlene Johnson, Brooksville, FL; Caroline (Bill) Utt, Mt. Summit; and Paul (Diana) Maddox, Fort Wayne; 4 grandchildren: Shelley (Gary) Wilson, Trisha (Paul) Krcmarik, David (Sunday) Maddox, and Julie (Chris) Curry; and 8 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, H. Leon Maddox (January 31, 1999); siblings, Frances Metcalfe, Donald Pownell, and Dorothy Sloan; and one great-granddaughter.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN.
Martha’s funeral service is at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Colter officiating. Burial will follow at Grant Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Chapel Pike Wesleyan Church, 2171 W. Chapel Pike, Marion, IN 46952.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.
Interment Location: Section A, Lot 755, Space 6-A
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