Martha Watts Ison passed away at the Whitesburg ARH on August 3, 2004, at the age of 91 years, 9
months, and 6 days. She was born October 28, 1912, the daughter of Squire and Celia Caudill Watts.
Martha Ison was preceded in death by: three brothers, James, age 4 months, Kirby, age 12 years, and Kirt,
age 90; three sisters, Artha Mae, age 12 years, Georgeann Watts Spencer, age 90, and Alice Watts Eldridge,
age 91; and by one grandson, Peter Brett Ison, age 20.
She is survived by: one sister, Mary Ison of Hallie; five sons, Lilly (Margaret) Ison, Manus E. Ison, and
Edward C. Ison, all of Skyline, Wayne (Sandie) Ison of Kingscreek and Bobby James (Anis) Ison of Jeremiah;
one daughter, Mary Carolyn (Tony) Blair of Jeremiah; 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
She was a daughter, sister, friend, wife, loving Mother, and God’s servant. This was her life. Born at Hallie,
Kentucky, she spent her days nestled in these hills. She had little need for travel and instead preferred to be in
“her home”. She met the love of her life, Ed Ison, and they were married in August, 1931. Together they
shared the blessings of their five sons and one daughter. Their lives were filled with long days, hard work,
dreams and love. Perhaps her greatest sorrow was the premature loss of her husband. It was shortly after this
event that she was called to give her life to the Lord and she joined the Cedar Grove Church in May, 1955
After her husband’s death, it was this faith in God and the support of her family and friends that provided her
the strength to raise her six children with grace and love. She never wavered in her hard work. Who could
count the hours she spent hoeing in her garden, cooking in her kitchen, and the hundreds of other tasks a
devoted mother would do? During her last days, she would often say, “I don’t want to leave my precious
She had few earthly riches; her wealth was the love and respect of her family. She wore no diamonds or
gems; her children were her jewels.
She is at peace now, rejoicing with her Lord and her family in Heaven and is waiting to meet us there.
Written by: Melissa Blair Jones, Granddaughter