Martha Louise Broadfoot Jones, 98, passed away Saturday February 5, 2022 at her home in East Ridge, Tennessee surrounded by her loving family. Martha lived a life focused on faith, family, and service to others.
Martha and her twin sister, Mary, were born at home on July 17, 1923 in Lauderdale County, Alabama to Hollis Lee and Bertha Mae Perkins Broadfoot. She lived in seven states while her father worked as an engineer on TVA dam construction. She attended Murray State University. Martha married George Jones Jr. on August 4, 1951 in Florence, Alabama and moved to Chattanooga in 1955.
Martha’s unwavering Christian faith was the foundation of her life. She was a charter member of Greens Lake Road Church of Christ in 1959. For the last quarter century, she worked every week in the Bible correspondence course program, providing services to prison inmates, a testament to her belief in caring ‘for the least of these’.
While raising her children, Martha led Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops and served as a homeroom mother and bible school teacher. Talented and creative, she enjoyed crafts, knitting, and especially sewing. She designed and hand crafted over 200 beautiful quilts and wall hangings, gifting them to family, friends, and even acquaintances.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband George after 36 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Mary Phillips, Denson, William, and John Broadfoot. She is survived by four children – son Richard, daughter Janet Skates (husband Gene), son Steve (wife Beverly), and son Don (late wife Tricia). Martha cherished time with her eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.
Martha donated her body to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts be made to Hospice of Chattanooga or Greens Lake Road Church of Christ.
The family wishes to thank the staffs at Hospice of Chattanooga, Caregivers at Home, and Amedisys Home Health for their skilled care and kindness during Martha’s final weeks. A memorial service will be held at a future date.