TAMPA, Fla. - Mrs. Jeannette Samuels "Jet" Martin, 96, of Tampa, Fla., died October 26, 2005.
She was born in Thomson and moved to Tampa in 1957 from Fort Monroe, VA. She is a descendant of George Walton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Jeannette graduated from the University of Georgia in 1931 with a degree in physical education. After graduation, she was employed as a recreational director at Children's Aid Society in New York City, NY. In 1935, she became the physical education director at Anderson College, Anderson, S.C., and became involved with the local chapter of the American Red Cross. With the onset of World War II, she became employed full time by the Red Cross, establishing Red Cross service clubs in the Yukon, the Aleutian Island of Adak, Manila and Tokyo, Japan. Jeannette was a member of Bayshore United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames and Military Officers Wives Club.
Jeannette was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Col. William Thompson Martin.
She is survived by her daughter, Trudi Martin Haughey, son-in-law, James Curt Haughey, and her grandson, McLean Thompson Haughey, of Tampa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeannette's strength and enthusiasm was an inspiration to all who knew her and she will be deeply missed.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Westview Cemetery.
Arrangements by Curtis Funeral Home.