Martha  Kingery


Martha Marian Garner Kingery, a life-long resident of Milledgeville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, with her daughters at her bedside. Martha Marian was a beautiful person who loved her family and friends fiercely.
Martha Marian was born in New Orleans, La. on Nov. 22, 1943, to John and Catherine (Kitty) Garner. Soon after, they returned to Milledgeville to be with their families. Martha Marian attended Peabody and Baldwin High School. She graduated high school with honors from Brenau Academy in Gainesville, Ga. and then attended the University of Georgia.
She returned to Milledgeville, married and had three daughters. She worked at the Exchange Bank for many years. In 1978, she married the love of her life, Thomas Edwin Kingery. After retiring from Exchange Bank she attended Georgia College where she earned a degree in middle school education. She and Ed enjoyed a life that included a love of family, friends and travel until his passing in 2001.
Martha Marian was an active and devoted member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and served on the Vestry. She was a member the Milledgeville Garden Club and Milledgeville Town Committee of Colonial Dames.
She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: having fun with friends, playing bridge, and gardening in her yard. She loved being at home cooking for her family, spending time with her grandchildren, and loving her pets.
She is survived by her daughters: Cathy Parker Strickland (Bill Strickland), Stephanie Parker Kelly, Maggie Parker McAllister (Micky McAllister), Susan Kingery and Amanda Kingery Heath (Tom Heath). Martha Marian adored her grandchildren: Garner Strickland (Jordan Strickland), Jon Strickland, Cat Strickland, Emmie Kelly, Parker Kelly, Steven McAllister (Grace McAllister), J.T. McAllister, Caroline Heath and Thomas Heath. She is also survived by her sister, Jane Phillips Piper, her nephew, Jay Piper (Nicole Piper) and their daughter, Fotene Jane, her nephew, Chris Connell (Sandy Connell), and their children, Cormac and Aidan, and her niece, Julie Connell, and cousins Elise Walker and John Cline Jr. She leaves behind many friends she loved dearly.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edwin Kingery, her sister, Catherine G. Scott, her father and mother, John and Catherine Garner, and her mother, Emily Singletary Garner.
The funeral service will be at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Saturday, Aug. 17 2019, at 10 a.m. followed by a reception at the church for all of her loved family and friends.
Whether you knew her as Martha Marian, MM, Mammy, or Mama, you knew her to be an authentic, kind, and generous soul. She was one of the good ones ... she was loved, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to either of the following:
ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation of Milledgeville), 711 S. Wilkinson St., Milledgeville, GA 31059-1032.
Phone Number: (478) 454-1273
The Chard Wray Food Pantry
Broad St., Milledgeville, GA 31062
Phone Number: (478) 414-1126
Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.
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Michelle Peek Steyn
Aug 15, 2019
Maggie, I can't even begin to express my condolences. Your mother was an amazing person! I am praying and sending much love!
James W Mimbs MD (Jim!)
Aug 15, 2019
Having survived mutually all of our exceptional Peabody and some BHS teachers, it was my supreme pleasure to enjoy those years with MM (and her many girlfriends:Beth, JoAnne,Suzanne,Thurza,etc). Our 50th BHS Reunion together was a blast. I remember the UR article and photo of her and daughters upon her GC graduation: scintillatingly beatific SMILES all around! Jim Word and I would visit her at times and her charm, wit, and grace were beautiful. And above all, there was always an unspoken and endearing HONESTY about her rarely found!! (Don’t do Soc med