Celebrating the life of Martha G. Valentine
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Martha G. Valentine, 70, of 760 Turner Ashby Road, Chatmoss Village, Martinsville, VA passed away on April 7, 2017. She was born on September 21, 1946 in Fayetteville, NC to Lilias Goad Turman and the late Iverne Floyd Turman who were of Meadows of Dan, VA.
Martha had dedicated her carrier to God and as such began by pioneering her serves as a physical therapist in two different countries in Africa and worked later around Washington D.C., Galax, VA, Sarasota, FL, Juneau, Alaska, Martinsville, VA, Eden, NC, etc. Along her brilliant career, Martha took several specialized courses in the field of PT and clinic management.
Martha was a Virginia Tech alumni and graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Upon graduation and internship, Martha travelled to Mozambique, Africa where she held her first job as a PT for the Lourenco Marques General Hospital-pioneering the first PT position ever in that country. Two years later, 1970, she moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) as a children’s rehab specialist at St. Giles Rehab Center, in Salisbury, now Harari. After a very successful carrier in Rhodesia, even representing the country at a medical conference for children in Oxford, England, she and her husband decided to move back to the US -1973- to raise their family.
In 1989 Martha accepted an off for the position of rehab Director of the Juneau General Hospital, Alaska. There, shortly after her arrival, the sickness that had already manifested itself in Florida fully developed and Martha spent six months in Seattle on surgery and intense treatments. She and her husband, two years later decided to come back to the lower 48 and Martinsville was the place of their choice, halfway between her family in Meadows of Dan, and their children in Richmond and Virginia Beach. All well until May 2016 when Martha showed up again with the reoccurrence of cancer. Her doctors decided that the fight against the illness was lost and Martha moved to Stanleytown Rehab Center, where she died in her sleep three days later.
Martha leaves behind her husband, Joseph G. Valentine, and her two natural children Lili Michelle Valentine, and Iverne Sebastian Valentine, her step-children, Mario Henrique Guerreiro, Luiz Antonio Valentino and Nuno Valentine, her brother Allan Turman, and sister, Dianne Dalton.
A memorial service to honor Martha’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to, SECU Family House @ UNC Chapel Hill, 123 Old Mason Farm RD., Chapel Hill, NC 27517 919-932-8000
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving the Valentine family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.
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