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Gloria Martin

d. January 3, 2020

Mrs. Gloria S. Martin, 55, of Bronson, FL, gained her angel wings and went home to her heavenly father on January 3, 2020, after a long and courageous fight with cancer. She was born in Pompano Beach, Florida on May 28, 1964, to Elizabeth “Betty” Sue Smith. She spent much of her life in the mountains near Sylva and Cullowhee, North Carolina, and various areas of Florida, moving to Bronson, Florida, in 1998 to care for her aging grandmother, Dorcas Miles. She leaves behind a loving husband of 28 years, Kenneth Anthony Martin, and two loving sons, Kenneth Alan Martin and Anthony James Martin, and one beloved granddaughter, Elizabeth Ashley Fay Martin, of Bronson, Florida. She is also survived by a sister, Celida A. Davidson (Dan) of Rutland, VT, and a brother, Alan K. Bruschi (Ashton), of Cullowhee, NC. Other surviving family members that will treasure her memory forever include mother-in-law, Elizabeth Martin, brother-in-law, David Martin (Colleen), sister-in-law, Marcella Piercey (John), aunts: Doralee (Ray) Blanton, Zora Jane Edwards, Barbara Ann Randleman and uncles: Oliver Edward Smith (Margie) and William Alvin Smith (Kathy), and nieces & nephews: Matthew Stock, Michael Martin, Megan Martin, Ryan Stock, Amy Stock, Alan Victor Keith Bruschi, and Ethan Davidson. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston, Florida. She worked for many years in retail working her way up to management positions, before becoming a stay at home mom to her beautiful sons. She also worked at High Hampton Resort in Cashiers, NC and many years at Hardees as the biscuit maker in both NC and FL. She volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, the US Naval Sea Cadets, the Bronson Middle/High School Marching Eagles Band Boosters, and the Bronson Middle/High School Football Boosters. Most recently she was a substitute teacher for Levy County Schools. Visitation with family and friends will be: Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 6pm-8pm, at Rick Gooding Funeral Home, 1301 N Young Blvd, Chiefland, FL 32626 and Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 6pm-8pm, at Appalachian Funeral Services, 165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, NC 28779. Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, January 13, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 22 Bartlett Street, Sylva, NC 28779, with burial to follow at Old Field Cemetery, Old Field Cemetery Road, Sylva, NC 28779. Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chiefland, Florida 352-493-0050 and Cross City, Florida 352-498-5400. Please sign the online guest book at
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Receiving Friends

Sunday, January 12, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Appalachian Funeral Services

165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, NC 28779

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Funeral Mass

Monday, January 13, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary's Catholic Church

22 Bartlett St, Sylva, NC 28779

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