Martha A. Jefferson, a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, died on Friday, July 19, 2019. She was 89.
She was born on Dec. 17, 1929, in Carlisle to the late John H. Williamson and Frances Howard. She was the youngest daughter of five children. She was affectionately called Ann.
Jefferson was educated on the Carlisle public school system until her family moved to West Philadelphia when she was a teenager. She worked with her late sister, Mazie, in her corner store and restaurant and also as a clerk in her youth.
She attended and graduated from Overbrook High School with honors, receiving training as a stenographer. She was employed as a secretary in the government sector.
As a young child, Jefferson began her training in faith-based education, guided by her family. She was a faithful member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was involved in evangelism with her congregation.
She married the late Harrison Jefferson on April 19, 1963, and four sons were born to their union. Her children were the center of her life. She and her husband were partners in the family business, Hauling by Jefferson.
Her family said she was a virtuous woman who had a contagious laugh. She was quick-witted with family and friends. She had a style for fashion and loved to make her own clothing. She enjoyed music, sewing, crocheting and puzzles. Jefferson loved doing things with her family, sharing her hobbies, traveling to family reunions, going on cruises and shopping with her friends and sisters.
She is survived by: her brother, John H. Williamson; sons, Gary, Kenneth, John and Steve; daughters-in-laws, Christine, Adretta, Susan and Elaine; 14 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 434-450 N. 54th St. Burial is private.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.