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Obituary for Martha F. Sawyer
Martha F. Sawyer was born in West Virginia on August 1, 1931, the daughter of Robert E. and Mae Shelton Forlines. She shared the same birthday with her husband of 60 years, James Richard Sawyer, Sr., whom she married on March 26, 1955. Martha, nicknamed "Diddy," lived in Florida from the time she moved there in the second grade. She was baptized in her youth and was later confirmed in the Lutheran Church after meeting her future husband. They both loved opera, traveling, and being active in the Church. Martha was blessed to have and raise four children, by whom she is survived, Martha S. Herbert (Peter), James Richard Sawyer, Jr. (Carolyn), David S. Sawyer (Lynn), and Jonathan E. Sawyer, Sr. (Andrea). She cherished her grandchildren, Christina Herd, Jessica Sawyer, Nicholas Herbert, Emily Holder, Jonathan Sawyer, Mariah Sawyer, and her two great grandchildren, Anna Kate Herd and Timothy Holder. Martha was a member of the National League of American Pen Women, and was a former Lakeland Ledger writer of Polk's Past and Historic Homes. She has lived in Brandon, MS since February, 2017, and was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Flowood. Her funeral service will be at Good Shepherd on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 5 pm. Visitation will be there from 4:30 - 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, PO Box 5013, Brandon, MS, 39047. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
Funeral Services will continue in Lakeland, Florida Visitation will bgin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, with a celebration of life to follow at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakeland, FL Graveside Service will be follow at Lakeland Memorial Gardens. Lakeland Funeral Home, Memorial Gardens & Crematory 2125 Bartow Rd, Lakeland, FL 33801 863) 682-7917