Martha S. Thomas
Martha Sue Collins Thomas, New Salisbury, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at her home after a brief struggle with cancer.
Born in Adair County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Luther and Dorothy Collins.
She attended Lindsey Wilson College at the age of 16, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University, attended graduate school at Northwestern University, was employed by Floyd Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years as a medical technologist, was a docent at the Kentucky Center of the Arts for several year, was a long-time member of Unity Chapel United Methodist Church near Ramsey, where she served on numerous committees, including the United Methodist Women’s Group, and was a long-time member of the Kentuckiana Herb Society and the National Herb Society, achieving the Rosemary Circle Award, being instrumental in the Kentuckiana Unit, serving as the first president, vice president, secretary and historian, and inspiring herb gardens to be placed in both Indiana and Kentucky, at Floyd Memorial Hospital, The Kentucky School for the Blind, Falls of the Ohio and the Pioneer Garden at Frank O’Bannon Park.
Survivors include five sons, Todd, Brian, Scott, Richard and Jeffrey; two sisters, Brenda Collins Williams of Adair County, Ky., and Kay Collins Embrey of Brandenburg; 13 grandchildren; and, two great-grandchildren.
Memorial visitation: Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Unity Chapel United Methodist Church.
Celebration of life: At a later date for family and close friends.
The family requests memorial gifts to the United Methodist Women’s Group, c/o Unity Chapel United Methodist Church, 1760 Lost Creek Road, Ramsey, IN 47166.