Mrs. Damaris Evans Martin, 88

Damaris Evans Martin, 88, of Gainesville went home to meet her Savior on Friday, January 8, 2021.  The eldest of 3 daughters, Damaris was a lifelong resident of Hall County born on September 10, 1932 to Carl Evans and Nellie Robinson Evans.  She attended Sardis High School where she played basketball.  During her senior year a young man returns home from the Navy and asks his younger brother, Merritt, “Who is the prettiest girl in the senior class?” Merritt bestowed this honor on Damaris and she is introduced to Milton Martin, Sr. who begins to court her. After graduation Damaris secured a job at the Sears, Roebuck & Company in Atlanta and worked there while engaged.  She married Milton, Sr. on December 24, 1950 and celebrated 69 anniversaries with him before his death on September 14, 2020.


Damaris took pride in her roles as wife and stay-at-home mother.  She supported her husband as he built his automotive business by managing their household and raising their six children: Milton, Jr., Mike, Alan, Ricky, Robin & Malinda.  Damaris spent hours outdoors and was an avid gardener and bird watcher.  She always set her table with her buttermilk cornbread, a wedge of vidalia onion and fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, okra, and string beans picked from her own garden.  Damaris loved plants and flowers and found peace working in the soil, walking in her yard to admire her roses, tulip tree, hydrangeas, day lilies and other plant varieties.  Her bay window sill was always replete with african violets and orchids.

Damaris and Milton took up golfing in their 40s and she spent countless hours at Chattahoochee Golf Course playing in the women’s league where she won several tournaments.  She always packed Toastchee crackers in her golf bag and had a small collection of elegant hats that complimented every outfit.  Damaris enjoyed traveling with her husband and family to Hawaii, Japan and other countries on Toyota trips.  She and Milton, Sr. lived in Florida for part of the year after he retired and she always made sure to bring home cartons of grapefruits and oranges for the entire family.  Damaris was a very private person who may not have socialized much, but she had a huge heart.  She always wanted to take care of those struggling financially and donated funds and personal items to meet their needs.  She loved her family and will always be remembered for her generous heart, quick wit, feisty spirit and loving soul.


Damaris is survived by her six children: son & daughter-in-law, Evangelist Milton Martin, Jr. & Lynn; son & daughter-in-law, Mike & Lisa Martin; son & daughter-in-law, Alan & Pia Martin; son & daughter-in-law, Ricky & Cindy Martin; daughter-in-law Wendy Martin; daughter & son-in-law, Malinda & Jim Foote; bonus daughter Judy Martin; 24 grandchildren & 27 great-grandchildren; sister & brother-in-law Evelyn & Roger Sund; sister and brother-in-law Brenda and W.L. Keith, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.


Damaris was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years Milton Martin, Sr., her son, Pastor Robin Martin, her grandson, Gregory Martin, Jr.  and her parents, Carl & Nellie Evans.


A private graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Main in the spring.  The family is grateful to Damaris’ wonderful caregivers, Jessica, Lisa, Patricia, Dee, Becky and hospice of Northeast Georgia for their support.



Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.


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Malinda Sund 2021-01-12 06:22:17
May her memory be a blessing.
Darren Hilchie 2021-01-12 07:21:39
I am so sorry to hear about your Mum! I only met her for a short time, several years back, and what a wonderful memory. May God be with you my friends!! Take care.
Diane Robinson Roberson 2021-01-12 10:27:33
Damaris will always be remember by me as a kind, generous and beautiful cousin. She loved the Lord and stayed true to her faith just as she was taught by her Mother, my aunt Nellie. Damaris loved and cared tenderly for her children. It's not goodbye but we will meet again in heaven.
Betty L Gurganus 2021-01-12 10:42:23
I am so sorry for your loss, may God surround you all with his love and comfort!!
Paula and Robin. Sawyer 2021-01-12 14:53:04
Keeping the Martin Family in our thoughts and prayers. Praying that you will be filled with happy memories and surrounded by love.
Clarice Parks 2021-01-13 02:50:39
She's a great woman of God and will be truly missed. God bless a comfort you all.
Mike & Peggie Parrish 2021-01-13 14:51:52
Peggie and I send our deepest sympathy to the entire Martin Family. We are Praying for Comfort you during this trying time. May God Bless you all you our Family is Special to us Love y’all Mike and Peggie
Pam Morgan 2021-01-17 20:20:16
I am so sorry to hear of Damaris going home to heaven. I had the pleasure of getting to know her and her quick humor, her love of golf and family....all at her dental appointments. She was always quick to smile!
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