Martha was born in Harrisville, Mississippi, a little community outside of Jackson, Mississippi. She met her husband, Rev. George Harkins, in Harrisville at the Harrisville Methodist Church where she was visiting. She was married to Rev. George Harkins and followed her husband from church to church with little or no questions until his death in 1981. Martha lived in Jackson, Mississippi in her mother’s home until she was unable to stay by herself for health reasons. She moved in with her son and his family in Florence, Mississippi where she resided until her death.
She is survived by a son, George Mark Harkins and his wife, Beth, of Florence Mississippi, two grandchildren Rachel and Preston, also of Florence, Mississippi. Her daughter, Kathleen Harkins Daughdrill and husband Wayne of Monroe, Louisiana. Martha also has a twin sister Margie Anisworth of Richland, Mississippi and a sister Kathleen Wood of Clinton, Mississippi and numerous sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Martha’s hobbies were painting, ceramics, antiques, making flower arrangements, wreaths, and playing with her cats. Her interests were family, friends, making mementos and family scrapbooks. She also loved making school projects such as dioramas and paper mache and helping with Science Fair Projects for her children and students she taught. Martha taught school in Mississippi and Louisiana where she enjoyed teaching special needs children different ways to learn and still have fun in the learning process.
Mrs. Harkins went to church every Sunday that she was able. She was a dedicated wife and will be remembered as a loving gracious lady who reflected the love of Jesus Christ throughout her life. She held many jobs in the Methodist Church such as Women’s Society and did them well. She loved being a preacher’s wife and getting to know so many people from all walks of life during their ministry in Mississippi and Louisiana Conferences. Martha was a supportive element behind the scenes of George’s ministry that would not have been complete nor as effective without her gracious guidance. She enjoyed visiting with friends and family for coffee and ice cream. She loved getting to know all her family’s children and grandchildren through the years.
|Source: 2008 Louisiana Annual Conference Journal|