Pamela Denise Martin

Born in Nashville, TN on March 25, 1958

Departed on February 11, 2018 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mrs. Pamela Denise Martin age 59, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at home surrounded by family after a courageous Forrest Gump Run from cancer for 27 years.

Pam was born in Nashville, TN, on March 25, 1958, the daughter of Sara Sanford Owen and the late Grover Johnson. She attended Hillsboro High School for three years and graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1976. Pam was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville. She worked for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as a Lab Manager “Lab Mom” (to students) in cancer biology were she was a recipient of the 2007 Commodore Award. Prior worked five years with Gilda’s Club Middle TN. Also, she was involved with Middle TN Camp Bluebird, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure were she was recipient of the 2017 Survivor of Year Award. Pam was the recipient of the 2014 Nancy Saturn Award of Inspiration. She enjoyed family, cooking especially her bunny cake, traveling, dancing, motorcycle riding, beaches, and looking at the sunset. Pam will be remembered for living life to the fullest and loving and helping everyone. Pam’s motto was “Keep Showing Up.”

Survivors include her mother, Sara Owen; husband of thirty-nine years, David A. Martin; a daughter, Sara L. Martin; a son, Joseph D. Martin; a granddaughter, Kara Denise Faye Martin and her mother, Leah Martin; three siblings, Wayne Johnson (Carol), Michael Johnson (Linda), and Kaye Shaw (Michael); and two aunts, Margaret Thompson and Carolyn Simmons. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018, at noon, First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville. A Celebration Party will be held from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at Gilda’s Club Nashville. Pam requested to wear your Cancer Sucks Shirt and some shirts will be available at the door of Gilda’s Club. A private interment will be held at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 23, 2018, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the service hour at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gilda’ Club Middle Tennessee 1707 Division Street Nashville, TN 37203 or to Saint Thomas Health Foundation, Middle TN Camp Bluebird 4220 Harding Rd, Nashville, TN 37205.

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6 Comments to Pamela Denise Martin

  1. Jean Johnson
    February 14, 2018 10:16 pm

    Pam was a beautiful person, inside and out. Her smile and laughter brightened the day for all of us She was a fighter and an inspiration to all who knew her. She loved to dance and left a mark on all those who watched her do so at Camp Bluebird. She was something special indeed!

  2. Earl and Julianne Fitz
    February 15, 2018 11:24 am

    We met Pam at Gilda’s Club; and she has been a source of much love, laughter, encouragement, and inspiration to us ever since. She taught us both a lot about how to “just keep showing up” — and why. She made the quality of our lives better and we will never forget her. Another thing about Pam: She absolutely married a great guy. Our love to David.

  3. Conyer Twins
    February 16, 2018 7:02 am

    So very sorry to hear of your loss, David and family.

  4. Terry Patterson
    February 16, 2018 4:27 pm

    David i am so sorry , i hope you a d yours are good

  5. Ragena Richardson
    February 22, 2018 8:14 pm

    David and family it has been a blessing over the past 15 plus years to have a friend such as Pam. You have done a beautiful job at celebrating her life and she will always be close to my heart. You as a couple and family have inspired me to live life a little fuller and love one another more. Love always, Ragena

  6. John Slate
    February 23, 2018 2:50 pm

    David and Sarah, so very sorry you lost Pam. She was an inspiration to never give up. I enjoyed living next to Sarah for a while and always enjoyed seeing you to. May God give you peace.

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