Martha North

Martha Ann North (Dent)

October 4th, 1922 - March 2nd, 2019
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Martha Baxter North passed away peacefully on March 2, 2019 in her sleep in her home at Friendship Village of Bloomington MN.

Martha was born in Montgomery West Virginia on October 4, 1922. She graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Education. She met Jacob Baxter at church while he was attending WVIT. She graduated college on a Friday and married Jake on Sunday. They lived briefly in New Haven CT then moved to Champaign IL where they raised two daughters, Jane and Kathy.

After Jake’s death in 1969, Martha was a widow for 18 years before marrying her church minister, Jack North. He was father to four children – Charlotte, David, John and Becky- which Martha fondly referred to as her “bonus children.” Martha and Jack lived in Springfield MO. After Jack’s death in 2010, Martha stayed in Springfield until moving to Friendship Village of Bloomington in MN in 2017.

Martha was active in church activities of all kinds, was church secretary for several years before her employment at the University of Illinois where she was secretary to the Dean of the College of Education. Music was an important part of her life from childhood through singing in a Senior Saints choir at her church in Springfield. She was very involved in the activities of her girls including church, scouts, dancing and piano lessons. Her home was happy, warm and welcoming and often last minute guests were included at the dinner table. Her love of bridge, knitting and tatting helped her integrate into Friendship Village activities where she made good friends easily.

Her positive attitude, friendly smile and love toward all she met is a testament to her strong faith and belief in a loving, inclusive and welcoming God. She led by example.

She is survived by a brother, Morris Dent (Eleanor), a sister, Adrah Payne(Donald) and sister-in-law, Mary Beth Dent; her six children, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

We will all miss her sweet and happy disposition and will be led forward by remembering how she lived a full and happy life until her peaceful death.

Memorials may be made to:

Friendship Village Foundation or Friendship Village EAF
8100 Highwood Dr
Bloomington MN 55438

North Fellowship
Garrett Evangelical
2121 Sheridan Rd
Evanston IL 60201
Baxter Family Endowment
Champaign First United Methodist Church
210 West Church St
Champaign IL 61820
Or donor's choice
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 10:00am
    Friendship Village
    Address Not Available
    Pastor Diane Olson
  • Interment

    Evergreen Memorial Gardens
    3400 Century Avenue North
    Champagne, Illinois
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Carolyn Akins

Posted at 02:38pm
Mary Catherine Neill is my mother and was a friend of Martha at The Gardens in Springfield, MO. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Our whole family cherished our visits and card games with Martha. She was a true sweetheart with a smile for everyone. Mother missed her and appreciated her calls and the books she continued to share. Thank you for taking time in your grief to call Mother. I discovered another connection after reading Martha's obituary--the United Methodist Church. My husband has directed UMC summer camps for over 30 years. We have given a gift in Martha's memory for a camp scholarship. As your sorrow continues so will our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Carolyn Neill Akins

Robert Brouillette

Posted at 07:25am
I have always said to grandma Martha that she was what I knew Grandma Sarah would have been like if she had lived longer... anyone who knew Martha was blessed to have her in their I do with Grandpa I will still be asking you for advice on my life's challenges and I know you will be there as you always have been..I love you Grandma

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