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Martha J. Matthews Terry

Martha Terry

February 20, 1941     ~     April 28, 2017

Martha J. Matthews Terry, 76, died Friday, April 28, 2017 at T.J. Samson Community Hospital.  She was the daughter of the late James A. and Dorothy Alexander Matthews.

She was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Glasgow where she served in numerous capacities including service as an Elder.  More recently, she had been a faithful volunteer at the Community Soup Kitchen.

A graduate of Hiseville High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree, and Rank I from Western Kentucky University.  A dedicated educator, she taught 30 years at Caverna Elementary School until retiring in 1995.   In addition to teaching in the classroom, Martha served the education profession as president of the Caverna Education Association, the Third District Education Association, and was a delegate to the National Education Association.  She was a knowledgeable and vocal advocate of fair and equitable benefits and retirement plans for public school teachers across the state.  She was honored with the Educator of Excellence Award by the Caverna Jaycees.  Extending her passion for young people beyond the classroom, she was a long-time 4-H leader.  After retirement, she owned and operated Goodnight Inn where she served both memorable food and hospitality for 13 years.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, W.S. “Bumpy” Terry, III and her only child, W. Samuel Terry, IV.   She is also survived by a brother, James A. Matthews, III of Mount Washington; two sisters, Pitsy Matthews Buren and Mary Belle Matthews Newby, both of Louisville; five nieces and three nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Martha Matthews Terry will be Monday, May 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hatcher and Saddler Funeral Home in Glasgow.  Visitation will continue Tuesday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Christian Church of Glasgow with funeral services at 11 a.m.  A family graveside service will be held later that day at Horse Cave Cemetery.  Alternate expressions of sympathy are suggested to the First Christian Church of Glasgow.

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13 Entries for Martha J. Matthews Terry

  1. Earl and Becky Phelps says:

    so sorry for ya lost she was a good person and very nice to our family when our brother pass away good friends to dot and ray there no words to say when you hurt down deep in side all we can do is pray

  2. Trevor Polson says:

    I’m deeply sorry to learn of this. I never will forget the compassion shown to me by Mrs Terry shortly after the sudden passing of my mother Martha Rose Polson. She was a great comfort to me. May God bless your family with comfort and strength during this very difficult time. To Bumpy, thank you for the kindness you’ve always greeted me with other the years. I’m deeply sorry for your loss and may God bless you in all the ways that he can as only he can. With Love, Trevor & Megan Polson

  3. Doris Davis, Bobby & Anelle Melloan says:

    We are sorry for your loss. We will never forget the thoughtfulness she showed to us when she stayed with mom (Doris) the day Anelle had open heart surgery. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all as only he can. Love, Doris Davis, Bobby and Anelle Melloan

  4. sondra dickinson says:

    Benny and I are so sorry and shocked for your loss of Martha.She had ‘weathered’ so many sicknesses before that we had hoped she would do the same again.

  5. Jane Bowman says:

    Thoughts and prayers of comfort during this difficult time. Martha was such a lovely and gracious lady. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  6. Harold & Maryjane Taylor says:

    Sam so sorry for your loss.

  7. Kathy Lee says:

    So sad for the loss of yet another family member. My son, Brian Cook, loved her as a teacher. My mother, Gayle Norris, enjoyed spending time helping out at the Good Night Inn. I enjoyed my visits with her. She and her never ending smile will be missed. Prayers of comfort to both Sam and Billy.

  8. Bridget Polka says:

    Mrs. Terry was an awesome teacher and a dear friend. She made an impression on so many students and people. I will never forget how she helped me. Praying for the family.

  9. Sandi Gorin says:

    I would just like to add my condolences in your loss. I had only met Martha a couple of times but was greatly impressed by her kindness and grace. I know she will be greatly missed by the family and my prayers are with you.

  10. Charley and Margie Bunch says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of meeting Martha only a few times but enjoyed the we did get to spend with her. I know she will be missed.

  11. Reeca Carver says:

    Sam and family so sorry for your loss. Her obituary is a great tribute to her as she was a woman of statue and her accomplishments but her greatest was having you as a son. She was so proud as I never saw her without giving me an update on your activities. I know she will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry I want be able to come by and express my sympathy in person but have a meeting in Owensboro. I will cherish the memories we shared on our trip to Europe, we had a great time. May God bless you.

  12. Iris Bailey says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Terry was my daughter’s 1st grade teacher and Ashley loved her so much. She was not able to come to the viewing or funeral because she lives in Louisville and her work schedule but she sent flowers and the family will be in our prayers.

  13. Tom & Dianne Crouch says:

    Martha’s entire family has been so very kind to the entire Crouch family for over 70 years. She will truly be missed. So sorry about your loss. May God comfort your family during this difficult time.

    Tom & Dianne Crouch
    Lexington, Kentucky