Martha Anne Dougherty, born and raised in Harlan, Kentucky, September 16, 1914, died Sunday December 14, 2014, at the Willows of Winchester Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her late husband Nathan Sam Dougherty of Knoxville, Tennessee, father John V. Blanton and mother Susanna Middleton Blanton, and brothers Howard and Edward Blanton of Harlan, KY.
She is survived by her stepson, Sam Dougherty, Jr (Carol) of Tullahoma, TN, and stepdaughter, Carol Anne Dougherty of New Albany, IN, sister-in-law Helen Blanton of Harlan, two nieces Judy (Robert) Rhea of Harlan and Phyllis Russell of Avon Park, FL. She is also survived by nine step-grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, three great nephews and their children.
There will be a Graveside Service with Dr. William Pender of First Presbyterian Church attending at the Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville, where she will be interred. As yet arrangements are incomplete.
The Mayor of Tullahoma, where she resided the past year, declared Tuesday, September 16, 2014, as Martha Dougherty Day in Tullahoma, in recognition of her 100th Birthday.
She resided most of her life in Knoxville, where she worked for many years as Financial Director at Tennessee School for the Deaf.
The family gives a special thanks to Brenda Whaley, Martha’s caregiver the past year.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Martha’s name be made to Hospice Compassus of Tullahoma and First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville.