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Ida Martin (Magwood)

1927 - 2013

Wife of Jacob Martin

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Mrs. Ida Magwood Martin was born on January 22, 1927, in Whitehall, South Carolina. Ida lived in Savannah Georgia as a little girl. After the death of her mother, Ida was adopted at the age of five by her Uncle Haskell Magwood. Ida was raised with other cousins who mothers had preceded them in death. They were all raised as loving sisters and brothers. Her uncle was a fireman for the railroad and provided a good home.

Ida started primary school in Savannah, Georgia and completed her secondary academic years in Chatham, Colleton, and Beaufort counties. After high school, she attended Shanklin Boarding School where she met the love of her life, Jake Martin. She received her license to practical nursing (LPN) while attending John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Ida was joined in Holy Matrimony on October 30, 1948 to Jacob Joseph Martin. To this union four children were born: Richard Martin I; who preceded her in death, Richard II; Constance and Crawford Martin.

In 1979, Jacob and Ida Martin retired to Jacob’s hometown, Bluffton, SC from Detroit, MI. After Ida’s arrival to Bluffton, she quickly became engaged in the Bluffton Community. She joined Campbell Chapel AME Church under the leadership of Rev. Samuel L. McPherson. She became very active in the church, touching almost every integral part of the church’s ministries. However, her heart was with the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS). She became the President of the WMS and in later years held other positions. She was a member of the Stewardess Board, the combined choir, a class leader, an advisor to the Young Voices of Praise Choir, Vacation Bible School Arts and Crafts teacher and an avid student of bible study and church school. Ida’s work in the church did not stop at the local level when it came to mission work. She worked on all levels of the connectional church. She was honored with the prestige of a Torch Lighter of the Beaufort District of the South Carolina Conference Branch WMS. She sang on the district and conference choirs. She was a parliamentarian for the Beaufort District WMS and chairperson of the Heath Polk Rural Commission of the South Carolina Conference Branch WMS. She travelled extensively for the church on all levels and attended District, Annual and General Conferences of the AME Church.

At the age of 60, when most people are resting on their laurels, Ida founded Bluffton Self Help, a non-profit organization that assists those neighbors facing hunger and poverty. This is a 501c3 agency governed by a board of directors and 2.5 staff members. The agency started out of the Martin’s garage, progressively moved to larger facilities as it expanded. Today Bluffton Self Help is located in a 6,500 square foot building at 39 Sheridan Park Circle in Bluffton.

For her work, Ida has been recognized at the community, state and national level. In 1990, she was recognized at the state level and named Volunteer of the Year in South Carolina. On the federal level, in 2011 she received the coveted Presidential Citizens Medal, one of thirteen recipients out of 6,000 nominations. This award is one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. April 4th, 2011 begins an annual “Ida Martin Day” in the town of Bluffton. The Town of Bluffton recognized Mrs. Martin in 2012 and she holds a spot on the Wall of Honor in the town hall. She was the first woman of the five honored, and the only one to receive a place on the wall while still living. In 2012, Ida also received the Hilton Head Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Alice Glenn Doughtie Citizenship Award. She served as Grand Marshal for Bluffton Observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Bluffton Christmas parades. Ida was a member of the Eureka Club, the Ella C. White Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. Board of Directors, St. Catherine Chapter #46 Order of the Eastern Stars, and the Board of Directors of Self Help.

Ida will be most remembered for her big heart, her faith in her fellow man and her tenacious work ethic that moved her forward even as her body tired.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, Ida Magwood Martin, answered the Master’s call and entered into eternal rest.

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From Candyce Childress on January 11th, 2014
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In memory of my sweet grandmother Ida Martin. I love you and miss you very much. Rest peacefully my angel!
 

Philip N Martin Sr

October 1st, 1920 - December 15th, 2012

We miss you, Dad.

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Dorothy Dolly Martin (Bessick)

October 19th, 1925 - July 27th, 2011

We miss you ,Mom

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Alfred Majestic Gough

July 29th, 1974 - February 9th, 1998

We love and miss you son.

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