Martha Ellen White-Warren of Ponte Vedra, Florida, passed into eternal life on March 31, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The many whose lives she touched - family, friends, and loved ones - grieve her loss, as they celebrate the cherished memory of a life lived with passion, honesty, determination, and love.

Born on July 28, 1944, in Rockford, Illinois, Martha attended South Beloit High School, where she participated in band and choir, the Quill and Scroll Society, student government serving as class secretary, and graduated as a member of the school Honor Society in 1962.  She married Nathaniel Martin of Rockford, Illinois, in January of 1962. 

While working at Chrysler Corporation over the next decade, Martha returned to school to continue her studies at Rockford College, graduating in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Beginning a career in the field of human resources thereafter, she moved on to work with Procter and Gamble Corporation, where she remained for over thirty years.  Through the course of the decades, her work took her through stints in New Orleans (whose music and cuisine remained life-long favorites), Des Moines, Albany, GA, Cincinnati, and Lebanon in Ohio, and then to Ponte Vedra. 

She retired from her position as a human resources leader in 2016.  As a beloved member of her P&G team, Martha was well-known and universally respected as an inspirational and effective lifelong advocate for workplace equity and diversity. A generation of P&G colleagues will remember Martha as an advocate, ally, dear friend, and sage career mentor who was always ready to listen, share and counsel. After retirement, she continued to do consulting work through her company The And Multiplier.

Martha’s passions were many, but her heart was happiest when traveling and when she was with family and friends.  Her enthusiasm for seeing new places, trying new foods, experiencing different cultures, and making new friends took her around the world over the last decades of her life, sometimes in the interests of her company but more often, especially after retirement, enjoying fun and adventure in the company of her husband Joe Warren, whom she married in 1999 and whose steadfast love remained her constant source of strength to her death.

All those who knew her will never forget Martha’s vivacious personality or her dynamic energy.  “The universe cooperates with a made-up mind,” she was fond of saying, and her unflagging determination to cooperate with the universe inspired her to always know her mind!

She is preceded in death by her mother, Marcia Morgan, her grandson, Xavier Murphy, her late husbands, Nathaniel Martin and Wallace White, and her sister-in-law, Gloria Teen Warren Blalock. 

She is survived by her husband, Joe Warren; two children, Marcia (David) Murphy and Chad Martin; three stepchildren, Brian (Shy), Nicole, and Brandon (Romanda  Warren; thirteen grandchildren, Madeline Murphy (Corey) Fitzpatrick, Julian (Elizabeth) Murphy, Gilbert, Isabel, Mathilda, and Eleanor Murphy, and McKenzie, Myles and Marley Martin, Bryson, Blaise, Rodney Ariel, and Sage Warren; and three great-grandchildren, Agnes, Bernadette, and Arthur Murphy; her brothers Earl (Karen) and Mark Drake, nephews Marcus and Dominique Drake, niece Renee Rademacher and several great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Martha’s grandson’s scholarship, Xavier Thomas Murphy Spirit of the Mission Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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Posted by Gentle Raines on July 28, 2022
Martha please enjoy your Special Day. You will Always and Forever be
Alive in my heart. You are Greatly Missed. Gentle Raines
Posted by Marcia Murphy on July 28, 2022
Happy birthday to the most wonderful mother in the world. You taught me so much on how to be a loving person in a world that can be filled with hate. You taught me to have hope in a world that is despairing. You taught me to think and not to follow. Thank you for these beautiful gifts! I am a better person because of you! Happy birthday!
Posted by Laura Ford-Harris on April 2, 2022
Not a day goes by...
Not a moment...
That your voice is not missed.
That your laugh is not missed.
That your amazing spirit is not missed.
I think of you often.
Knowing there is no pain.
No want.
No worry.
I relish the fact that you are present with the Lord.
And look forward to that time when we meet again.
I thank God for our friendship.
And wish you a peaceful eternal rest.
Love you Martha White Warren.
Posted by Donna Shaw on April 1, 2022
Martha, you are alive in my heart and your wisdom continues to guide me. 
Cheers to you, my friend and lotsa love!!
Posted by Marietta LeBlanc on April 1, 2022
I can’t believe it’s been a year since Martha left us. I still miss talking with her. She was so brave and positive about her illness.
She left a positive mark on everyone she came in contact with. She will be missed for a long time.
Posted by Gladys Hankins on April 24, 2021
A Poem About Martha White Warren

Martha White Warren was truly the picture of grace,
Even now I can see the serene and beautiful smile that always graced her face,
Precious memories of our friend will forever stand the test of time,
For Martha White Warren was, in so many ways, the very meaning of sublime.

People who didn’t know her may wonder what she was about,           
But those of us who knew and loved her never had any doubt,                     That she was earnest, down-to-earth and daring and, and that little got under her skin,
And that she was accepting, and cool and unwavering, until the very end.

Martha always did speak softly, but you see, that was her way.
And it certainly never kept any of us from hearing whatever she had to say.
For her words were quietly bold; and her impact was boldly strong,        Our dear friend Martha’ll be missed, just as sure as the days are long.
Martha, I love you. I know you are at peace, and I pray that you will continue to make the universe better throughout eternity.

Posted by Wadye Morton on April 24, 2021
Martha was a great person and friend. While I knew and worked with Martha at P&G, I got to see her passion again for the work that I first met her doing at P&G (Diversity and Inclusion in New Orleans), when we reunited as Board members for VISIONS. Martha’s efforts and work for VISIONS will long be a legacy of who she was and what she stood for in life and beyond.
Posted by Millicent Knight on April 24, 2021
What a blessing to know you, Link Martha, and learn from your wisdom.
Link Millicent
Posted by Hallam Sargeant on April 24, 2021

You will be missed. Your constant words of encouragement, smiles, hugs and great advice. No one uplifted others the way you did. I’ll always remember you and be grateful that our paths crossed.

Posted by Barbara Smith on April 23, 2021
We love you Martha! Your love, kindness, and goodwill to everyone you encountered demonstrates the love and humankind that God wants from all of us. I cherish our talks and friendship.  Sending our prayers and pillows or strength to Joe and Family from Barbara & Dennis Smith.  Martha, enjoy heaven and save some fun there until we meet again. ❤️
Posted by Grace United Methodist Ch... on April 22, 2021
The pastors, staff, and congregation members of Grace UMC wish to extend their sincere Christian sympathy to the family of Martha at this time of sorrow.
Posted by Cenona Taveras on April 20, 2021
Martha was a true mentor, friend, corporate mom. Always available for advice and counsel and just taking you down from all the craziness. Will miss her so much. Thoughts and prayers out to the family.
Posted by umberto ghedini on April 20, 2021
Martha has accompanied and supported many of us in P&G Purchasing for many years with great understanding, compassion and care. I recall all my interactions with Martha were happy, she spread optimism and hope. A beautiful person. . I am blessed to have met and work with Martha. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to her family.   
Posted by Lewis Parker on April 20, 2021
Sucha a passionate and compassionate soul.  She has had a significant impact on me and many around the world.  She will be sorely missed.  Condolences to her family and loves ones. 
Posted by Damali Orozco on April 20, 2021
Martha was a wonderful mentor to me and i know so many others, I was always inspired and touched by her wisdom and spirit. May her family feel comforted by all of the warmth and love of those around.
Posted by Donna Addy on April 19, 2021
Such a beautiful, warm, caring lady. Miss your smiling face!
Posted by Robin Bearden on April 17, 2021
I light that dimmed too soon here on earth but shines bright in heaven. We were all blessed to know and experience Martha in her fullness. She will truly be missed!
Posted by Vee Gist on April 14, 2021
Will miss her smile - Bill GIST
Posted by Naixin Kang on April 14, 2021
Posted by Danny Mclendon on April 13, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear about Martha. Although I did didn't know her like I knew you, I knew she was well respected at work. She had to be alright to put up with your crazy self. I thought ya'll made a good couple and missed you when you left Albany. I enjoyed looking at the pictures of her family and you still have that smile. My prayers are with you all.

Regards Danny
Posted by JENNIFER RUCKER on April 12, 2021
Martha you were both my light and my fortress when I lost my son and I am forever indebted to you. May you rest well, and finish in heaven all of the amazing work you’d only just begun here on earth. You are missed. You are loved. You are light. I love you and I thank God for blessing my boys and I with knowing you.
Posted by Gentle Raines on April 12, 2021
Martha we will forever miss your Beautiful smile. Thanks for being a wonderful friend and little Sister. It has truly been a blessing knowing you. Our condolences goes out to Joe and his entire family. May her soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Thomas Griggs on April 12, 2021
Although we grew up in the same hometown and had common connections through P&G, I did not meet Martha until she joined us on the Board of Directors at VISIONS, Inc., culminating her lifelong passion working for equity and justice. Martha's exceptional ability to uplift others with compassionate questions and genuine attentiveness to their answers was evident from the moment she arrived and she has been a consistent source of joy and inspiration these last three years.  

We know how much our work meant to you, Martha. We saw your love and commitment right to the very end and it brings us joy to have brought that joy to you. Your flame never dims, dear Martha, it merely moves to illuminate another realm. You will be dearly missed, always remembered and forever loved.
Posted by Anne Watson on April 12, 2021
Martha - an amazing human being that deeply touched so many around the world especially in her passionate pursuit of diversity, equality and inclusion. A light of advocacy and caring mentorship that inspired me to be and do better. I am thankful to have known her. Thoughts and prayers to Joe and family.
Posted by Reba Barkley on April 11, 2021
Martha was a beacon of light that shone with such intensity that her impact would never be forgotten. I learned so much from Martha about relationships, especially through her work with PSP (People Supporting People). Not only did Martha coach and mentor, but lived out and modeled the principles she believed in.

I am blessed to have had Martha as a dear friend mentor, and neighbor. I will miss our conversations and the opportunity to just “drop by and check in.” Joe and Martha always made Bill and I “feel at home” and we look forward to our continued visits with Joe.

Your light now flickers within all whom you’ve impacted,
Posted by Keshan Gainey-Chambliss on April 11, 2021
I loved and adored you. I will never forget you. You were my friend. It's hard to let go of you, but I know you in the heaven and at peace. 
Posted by Linda Clement-Holmes on April 11, 2021
The world got a little dimmer when Martha left us, but the light in Heaven is now shining a whole lot brighter. 

I feel blessed and honored to have known Martha, worked with her, been guided by her and most importantly been impacted by her. She was like no other. 

Rest my friend.  Know that you have lived a full and wonderful life and were truly loved. 
Posted by Donna Shaw on April 11, 2021
I miss Martha, my teacher, my amazing friend, my travel mate and my "have fun companion". I am forever grateful for our many teachable moments; the honest direct and caring way she helped me see and encouraged my action. Her warmth and love opened me to the world of hugs - best lesson ever! (She knew the gift that was.)
Joe, I love you and am so happy Martha had you in her life. She always talked about the joy you brought her. I wish you and your family peace. 
Love Donna Shaw
Posted by Deirdre and Christopher W... on April 11, 2021
What a beautiful spirit and magnetic presence! Martha touched so many lives because she had a genuine passion for people. She was a personal coach, colleague, advocate and most importantly, a dear friend. We miss her dearly and are cherishing the memories.

It was always a joy, for us, to hang out with Martha and Joe, especially on Sunday afternoons. 

Joe - We want to encourage you and let you know that we love you and look forward to continued fellowship. Our condolences to you and the family.

John 14:1-3 NKJV...Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Posted by Fuad Abdullah on April 11, 2021
A selfless, compassionate and caring person. She has been a role model for many people. I will always remember her for her contributions and support to everyone in the P&G community, especially the P&G Albany Plant
She will be sorely missed
Our family extends our heartfelt sympathy to Joe and her entire family
May her soul rest in perfect peace
Posted by Gerry Whearry on April 11, 2021
Thanks for being a mentor and friend. I’ll always cherish our times together. You are greatly missed.
Posted by Denise Andrews on April 11, 2021
No words can express the love and impact Martha had on me and thousands around the word.
Such a beautiful,wise,powerful friend, leader and soul❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Latonya Spears on April 11, 2021
Thank you big Cuz for being mentor and inspiration in my life. You were a beautiful woman with such a great spirit. Thank you for the many life lessons. You taught me that hard work and determination pays off and to enjoy life to the fullest because tomorrow is never promised. Thank Joe, Marcia, and Chad for sharing your wife and mom with us. Both Duane and I will truly miss her. Rest in heaven
Love you all,
Duane & Peewee
Jacksonville, FL
Posted by Hanan Heakal on April 11, 2021
Martha took me under her wing early in my DE&I career at Procter & Gamble, teaching me much of what I know, believe and practice today in the field. Her passion and spirit live on through the countless many she touched. RIP dear Martha
Posted by Sherley Smith on April 10, 2021
Such a lovely and beautiful person to be around. Met Martha through her husband Joe whom is like a brother of the family, so they both was family. Enjoyed her at family cookouts! Going to miss her and that beautiful Smile. Love them both my Prayers are with Joe / family and All those she touch. Memories last forever. ❤❤❤❤❤ William (Bill) & Sherley Smith family. ❤
Posted by Marietta LeBlanc on April 10, 2021
This is a beautiful tribute for a beautiful person. Martha loved her family and spoke of them often; especially the little ones on the way. My life was indeed made better by having Martha and Joe in it. Martha had made her peace with the Lord and accepted her fate. She did so much for so many and will be missed by all who knew her. Thanks Joe for taking such good care of my friend. May God bless all her family and give you a sense of peace knowing Martha is no longer in pain and is probably organizing several projects in heaven. Rest In Peace and love my friend.

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Posted by Gentle Raines on July 28, 2022
Martha please enjoy your Special Day. You will Always and Forever be
Alive in my heart. You are Greatly Missed. Gentle Raines
Posted by Marcia Murphy on July 28, 2022
Happy birthday to the most wonderful mother in the world. You taught me so much on how to be a loving person in a world that can be filled with hate. You taught me to have hope in a world that is despairing. You taught me to think and not to follow. Thank you for these beautiful gifts! I am a better person because of you! Happy birthday!
Posted by Laura Ford-Harris on April 2, 2022
Not a day goes by...
Not a moment...
That your voice is not missed.
That your laugh is not missed.
That your amazing spirit is not missed.
I think of you often.
Knowing there is no pain.
No want.
No worry.
I relish the fact that you are present with the Lord.
And look forward to that time when we meet again.
I thank God for our friendship.
And wish you a peaceful eternal rest.
Love you Martha White Warren.
her Life

"We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end." ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Martha was born on July 28th in 1944 to Marcia Drake in Rockford, Illinois. She was the older sister to Earl and Mark.

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein

Martha was intelligent and loved learning. While in high school, she was very active in many activities and used the gift of her intellect to impact her surroundings. She went on to do this with every job and every organization that she was involved in.
Martha was not only smart, she began sharing her gifts with others at an early age. Her commitment to service that began in high school continued to be important throughout her life.
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No shape, form or fashion - just help when needed most

Shared by Bertha Davis on May 21, 2021
Martha came to my aid when I was tasked with leading a presentation related to "trust". There was a formal training program ("Speed of Trust") for which of course Martha was an expert and certified trainer. I find it interesting that she was certified in in something that she already knew and lived so well  - long before someone wrote a book about it! 

In the end, Martha came through for me. She didn't send someone else, she stepped in and graciously gave her time. She didn't do it because "the business" asked her to, she simply did it to help me. I am not anyone who could offer her a promotion, money, or even a recommendation. By all rights I should've been working for Martha. Yet she gave her time to lend her expertise just to help this sistah who needed a helping hand. It has been many years since that day she came to my aid, but I have never forgotten it. It is in the spirit of Martha White Warren that I look to pay her kindness forward. Rejoice in paradise Martha for a job well done during your earthly visit. 

Shared by Patricia Rowan on April 26, 2021
Our tribute to our Sista Martha

 With Love: Charlene, Della, Karan, Lisa, Monique, Pam, Pat, Sharon, Shelia, Terri

Martha our Sista, Confidant, Teacher, Mentor, BFF, Role model, Protector, Safe place, the “Wind Beneath our Wings."

Martha strived to leave us in a better place than we were before we met her. AND we are better because of her. When she smiled and hugged you, YOU knew she saw a light in your face as she had just deposited some wisdom that would make you a better person, more authentic, and “own your stuff” -No blame and No shame! Martha, The one person who could put you on blast while still giving you a hug! We treasured every conversation and the deep insight that we received by being in Martha’s presence.

Martha taught us the power of “AND” which opened many possibilities in our lives. Martha taught us how to BE vs DO., how to share truth to power while also being ourselves. She taught us to always enjoy life to the fullest. Be free and let go. Always improve, learn, read, travel, and not to be afraid to try and explore new things. Life is a Learning Journey. She cradled our hearts like a baby in her arms, keeping it safe from corporate harm. She pushed us to soar when we didn’t know we had wings and assured us we could conquer all things. Martha gave us courage and taught us to chase our dreams.  She was a visionary thinker and we could always count on her for “out of the box” ideas.

Martha, Martha, Martha, Beautiful and powerful AND full of poise, wisdom, and empathy!   Martha, you have been everything we needed. You led us with GRACE, positivity, possibility, patience, and peace.

Why did Martha make such a big impact on our lives?

Very Simple, She loved each and every one of us AND we loved her back. She gave us unconditional love and taught us the power of forgiveness. Martha made each of us feel special, more joyful, more spiritual, and more accepting of others. She knew our secrets and trusted us with hers. Martha’s capacity to give was limitless, her strength gave us strength and her light made our light shine brighter.

 And most importantly, she shared her family and friends with us. We loved listening to stories about her husband Joe, her children, and grand kids. We felt like family. We will always cherish the fun times we had with Martha; Travelling, laughing, celebrating, taking shots of Patron, and having tough conversations as we confronted our truth.

Our heart is heavy as reality sets in, AND we stand strong because Martha prepared us all along. Martha we can hear you whispering to us: Meet people where they are, Relax and take care of Yourself, and last, the universe cooperates with a made up mind.

We are so grateful that the Lord blessed our lives with Martha. We will always love you Martha!

Shared by Ann Gayle on April 25, 2021
Martha, my link sister,  is one of those special people you meet, who never misses an opportunity to render a kind deed.
When my son died from Colon cancer in 2018, she prayed with me,  and for me constantly. She  was able to understand my pain, as she had had a grandson who died at a young age.
On one of her daughter’s visit to Jacksonville,
whose son had died, she invited me to her house to meet with her and share, which was comforting
Marcia, I have never forgotten our visit, or your kind letter. Your mother was truly a gift and blessings to me. May her Soul Rest In Peace.