Mother Katherine H. Martin daughter of the late Herman and Elizabeth Taylor of Washington, DC, after a long battle with multiple illnesses went to sleep in Jesus, Nov. 21, 2012.
Katherine was born April 24, 1924. She attended Lucretia Mott Elementary, Banneker Junior High and Cardozo High Schools. Katherine was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ at the tender age of 10 years old and received the gift of the Holy Ghost at Highway Christian Church under the leadership of the late Bishop James T. Morris. Katherine grew up in LeDroit Park in Washington, DC with her three brothers, Herman, Chester and Reginald Taylor who preceded her in death.
Katherine later met and married the love of her life, Claude Swanson Martin Sr. on June 22, 1942. To this union three sons were born; Claude Swanson Jr., Michael Wayne and Daniel Warner Sr. Her husband of 55 years also preceded her in death on January 25, 1998.
Katherine was employed in several occupations leading up to her stellar career at the Government Printing Office where she retired after 25 years in 1987. She was known for her dedicated service, her exceptional attendance and unwavering professionalism. Katherine was also known for her no-nonsense personality that served her well as she moved into management.
Katherine was one of the Mothers at The Old Pentecost Church. She was faithful in her giving, fundraising and always extended love to everyone. She had a special love for the young people. She attended church faithfully until her health made it difficult to do so. She always said “Go to church while you can so you won’t regret when you can’t.”
Katherine was an avid worshipper, prayer warrior, counselor, advisor, nurturer and mother to all! Her lifelong friendships included Florence B. Green, Martha V. Shepherd (deceased), Sadie Berryman, Nancy Stevens, Marceline Bullock and Ella Peete. Katherine was a consummate host and chef who made an eating experience delightful! This special woman served as a mother to many, taking in any child or adult to raise and care for as her own, teaching and providing guidance – truthful to a fault; even if it hurt. Make no mistake that her overarching love and loyalty to her family was unprecedented! Even though her family travelled near and far she knew what each and every one was doing.
Katherine leaves to cherish her memory her children, Claude and his wife Priscilla, Michael and his wife Cheryl and Daniel and his wife Natalie; six grandchildren, Derek (deceased), Kamilah (Michael), Kenneth, Daniel, Channing and Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Kennedy; one sister-in-law, Jean Taylor; dozens of adopted sons and daughters; her Old Pentecost Church family and a “village” of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.