Rosemarie Naomi Martyn, of Wilmington and and formerly of Lynchburg, Virginia and Quinby, Virginia, completed her battle with cancer and went into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the age of 58.
She was born on July 23, 1957, in Hampton, Virginia, daughter of the late Franklin Delano Kellam and Marie Williamson Kellam.
Rose is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Thomas Erskine Martyn; son, Jeffrey Thomas Martyn, of High Point; daughter, Kimberly Rose Martyn Silverman and husband Daniel, of Kernersville; grandsons, Adam Perry and Andrew Ross Silverman; sister, Peggy Byrd; brothers, David Kellam and Mark Kellam; special uncle, A.J. Kellam; and extended family members and Isabella.
Rose was an active member of Ogden Baptist Church, where she was involved with the children’s ministry, her Sunday school class and the outreach and ladies programs. Rose desired that all come to know God loves them and desires for them to have a relationship with Him by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as their Savior.
Rose grew up on the eastern shore of Virginia, where she graduated valedictorian from Central High School. She received her Bachelor of Science from Mary Washington College and her master’s degree from Lynchburg College. Her education in mathematics and business allowed her to be successful for 34 years in the nuclear industry where she was employed with B&W in Lynchburg, Virginia for 16 years and G.E. in Wilmington for 18 years. She was a respected representative of her industry at many professional conferences in the U.S. and internationally.
Rose was a master gardener with the NC Cooperative Extension program and a volunteer at the New Hanover County Arboretum. She also volunteered with Junior Achievement, tutored at Wrightsboro Elementary school and organized GE volunteers for the Science Olympiad for many years. Rose enjoyed running and ran many races, including the 25th Marine Corps Marathon.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, Market Street chapel. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Ogden Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens.
Donations may be made in Rose’s name to Ogden Baptist Church, 7121 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28411.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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