ForeverMissed
                                                                OBITUARY

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.


ZOOM MEMORIAL SERVICE
Saturday, April 24th, 2021
11:00 a.m.
LINK TO SERVICE (coming soon)
LINK TO PROGRAM

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
I WILL CHERISH OUR TIME TOGETHER!
Posted by Danny Mclendon on April 13, 2021
 Joe,

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 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
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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My Mom

Shared by Chad Martin on April 12, 2021
My mother was one of a kind, the true definition of phenomenal.  Always there for me, not when I wanted her but when I needed her most.  Like an angel.  Always there for advice, not the advice I wanted to hear but what I needed to hear.  She gave me a unique experience, she wasn’t the type to give me the typical mom phrases like, “Ooh baby it will be alright”, or stroke my ego, she gave me the real. Conversations about energy, spirit and love.  Not only loving yourself but loving others with empathy and compassion.  She gave me treasures  like  “you can do whatever you want, but you have to live with those choices and consequences”, “the universe likes a made up mind”, or just reminding me to look at myself first, to control what I can control, and to always work on being the best version of myself.
 She was a hard working women, who shaped her life in a way to serve others.  I often feel overwhelmed with life’s many responsibilities and raising 3 kids, but I often think of her for inspiration.  This women worked full time, went to college  full time with honors, sewed my clothes, and raised 2kids at the same time. Wow. Even battling cancer in her 70’s she was planning on writing a book and obtaining  a PhD.  

During her many years at Proctor and Gamble she traveled internationally.  She may call me from Asia, Europe or Latin America.  I used to tell her she traveled like she was on a musical tour, a rock star.  To me this was glamorous, but I see now how much work it was for her to travel, hauling her black suitcase, staying in different cities eating foreign food and being away from home.  But she did it for the love, the love and passion to share herself and assist others be the best version of their selves.  Even as she lay ill she was concerned with working with the hospital to help make the system  better for others going through the same experience. Wow, to think of others in the midst of your own struggles.   Me and the kids had to pleasure of staying with her and Joe for 5 weeks in December.  The first day I was there she was saying she was so weak and gave the impression she would die any moment.  But the next day she was urging me to help her write this, print this, send this.  I was like slow down, why are you trying to do all this work, save your energy.  She told me she made a promise to finish her commitment for a project she was doing with The Link Organization and her word was her word.  Even in that state she was committed, another life lesson she taught me just by observing her greatness.  This is my mother and her lessons and legacy will always exist and inspire me and hopefully others as well.  
Let me also use this to honor her husband Joseph Warren.  This man took care of his wife in a way only a special human can do.  He has taught me many lessons just by observing his humble greatness.  Whether driving 30 minutes to get my mom a milkshake just so she would consume something or driving her to medical appointments,  this man is amazing.  I used to thank him for how much he did and his response was “don’t thank me this is what I signed up for, through thick and thin and she does a the same for me”.   His actions set the bar for me as a man, and their love and relationship should be celebrated.    
And also thanks to her many special friends and family members who would pray for her and just be there for her.  She was very fortunate to have so many special people in her life.  A true gift, and she loved you all.  Its a blessing to have one special person but my mom was blessed with having many loved one in her life.  Wow.  So special.  
thank you 

Great Lady

Shared by Vee Gist on April 12, 2021
One of the most genuine persons I every knew,   Bill Gist -  Albany Plant.

One Time Unforgettable Meeting

Shared by Regina Robinson on April 12, 2021
Martha, Willie and I only meet you once and had a evening dinner and interaction that was memorable. You were such a beautiful spirit and this song is so fitting. Rest now beautiful your legacy of love will live on.