|‘Truth is never so compelling, so powerful, than when it is embodied in personality;
When the Word comes alive, when the doctrine is expressed in deeds of loving service. This was Evelyn Martin.
Born Evelyn Duryea, July 13, 1905, at Comet, Long Island, New York, her childhood was spent in Hunington, Long Island. Here she graduated from high school, with an academic record that has never been surpassed. She attended Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, where she received her A.B. Degree.
She did graduate study at Ohio State University, where she received her M.A. Degree. While at Ohio State, she met R Joseph Martin, then pastor of Rossmoyne Methodist Church, and also a student at the University. They were married December 31, 1931, and together launched a long and distinguished career in ministry, teaching and administration, covering a number of states and conferences, spanning over half a century.
Evelyn, in addition to being an honor student, possessed special talents in music and teach-ing. These enabled her to compliment and support the work of her husband.
Evelyn’s love for Christ and His Church was paramount in her life. Wherever they were, she was involved:
— As President, The UMW, First UMC, Oklahoma City,
— As secretary of Spiritual Life, Mulberry Street Methodist Church, Macon, Georgia
— As District Secretary of Spiritual Life, Wabash District, Indiana,
— As Conference Secretary of Missionary Service, North Indiana Conference,
— As teacher of study classes and leader of retreats, on local and conference levels.
Her unique qualities of leadership were evident in other areas as well. When Dr. Martin accepted the position of professor of Philosophy at Nicholls State University, and Pastor of the Lockport-Raceland Methodist Churches, here too, Evelyn became involved:
— As president of the Woman’s Faculty Club, 1967-1968,
— As corresponding secretary, Thibodaux Music Club, 1967-1968,
— As secretary of Campus Ministry, 1966-1968, and then vice-president of the United Methodist Women, the Lafayette District,
— As secretary of the ‘Terrrebonne Literary Club, 1967, 1968, and then president, 1969,
— As one who was widely known for her proficiency in book reviews to various clubs.
Upon his retirement, Dr. B. Joseph and Evelyn Martin became involved in Memorial United Methodist Church, Mathews, where she sang in the church choir until her health failed.
Evelyn joined the church triumphant on ‘Tuesday, January 24, 1989. Her legacy is both a blessing and a beacon to all who knew her, she learned the art of living well, she learned the art of loving well, and she learned the art of leaving well.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1989, p.185 By L.A. “Andy” Foreman|