Obituary

Martha
Jean
Everhard
Wadsworth, OH

Martha Jean (Minck) Everhard was born on April 26, 1930 in Orange, California. She was the 2nd of 4 daughters, Virginia, Martha, Melva, and Dorothy, of Rev. Franklin and Annie Minck. Martha died on April 1, 2024 in Akron, Ohio. She was 93 years old.

 

The family moved to Akron in 1942 when her father was hired as the pastor at High Street Christian Church. Martha attended Buchtel High School where she met the love of her life, Richard Everhard, then went on to Akron University, receiving a degree in teaching. Two days after graduation she and Dick were married on June 15, 1952, and were happily wed for over 60 years.

After moving to Wadworth they joined First Christian Church (FCC). As Dick built his dental practice the couple were busy raising their three children. Martha became involved at FCC, first as the Program Coordinator and then as a Licensed Lay Minister. Martha was the first woman minister in Medina County and was the Associate Pastor for 14 years.

 

Working with youth was her passion. For over 30 years she was a counselor at Camp Christian. She also taught Sunday School and was a youth counselor at the high school.

After recovering from breast cancer, Martha started a cancer support group in her living room, helping countless women navigate their physical and spiritual paths to recovery. She was a staunch advocate of women’s rights, providing counsel to victims of domestic violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.

Martha was a true force of nature. She devoted herself to her community, her friends, and her family with a joyful enthusiasm that was bigger than life. She loved to cook, entertain, and explore…she even hiked the Grand Canyon on her 70th birthday—what couldn’t she do? Martha was awarded the Wadsworth Citizen of the Year in 1979.

Martha is survived by her three children, Bob (Susan) of OshKosh, Jerry (Susan) of Elyria and Nancy (Tom) of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. on April 12th at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on April 13th at First Christian Church, 116 E Boyer St., Wadsworth with Rev. Sarah West officiating. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Arden Courts in Akron and Heartland Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Christian or FCC Wadsworth.