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Nancy Rita Martin, 77, of Hudgins, died on Oct. 18, 2019 at home. 

Nancy was a native of Ohio, and moved to Newport News in her early childhood with her parents. Nancy attended and graduated St. Vincent’s High School in Newport News. Nancy had many jobs over the years, but the job she loved the most was establishing and managing the Mathews Senior Center along with the Meals on Wheels program.

She enjoyed cruises, slot machines, fishing and simply sitting on her deck watching the creek and all its inhabitants. Nancy dearly loved her family, spending time with them and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by husband, Frank Martin; children, Tony Sparacia and wife Susan, Joe Sparacia; daughter-in-law, Loren Pearce, Randy Hight; grandchildren, Michael Sparacia, Cassie Pluim and husband Jeffery, Kristin Sparacia, Jimmy Jenkins; great-grandchildren, Kayden, Emmett and Mia 

Pluim, and nieces and nephews. 

Nancy had asked for no service to be held. In her words, “Come see me alive, don’t come see me dead!”

A future date will be set for a small informal memorial with family and close friends at her gravesite to give closure to all.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers to have any donations made to Mathews Senior Center or Mathews Meals on Wheels program.