In Memory

Martha Brubaker (Hoyt)

Martha Brubaker (Hoyt)

Martha H. Hoyt


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Hoyt, Martha

Martha H. Hoyt passed away March 7, 2014 at the age of 71. She was born October 7, 1942 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Ross and Ruth Brubaker. She spent her early years in Virginia while her father, who was a naval officer, was deployed to the North Atlantic and South Pacific during WWII. The family moved to Arizona in 1958, where Martha attended Tempe Union High School, graduating in 1961. After graduating magna cum laude from ASU with a BS in nursing, she began her life of service to her fellow man as a nurse. She was married to Robert Hoyt from 1963 to 1990, and took a short time off from working to raise her boys Brian and David. Martha then resumed nursing, which she continued until her retirement in 2008. After 43 years of nursing, she became even busier in retirement, finding time for the hobbies that she loved. Martha traveled the country and the world with relatives and friends from church and various organizations she belonged to. She loved spending time with her sons, was very active in the church, supported the arts, and promoted women's rights. Martha enjoyed tending her garden, traveling, cooking, and working out with her friends at Curves (accumulating over 1200 workouts). In retirement she continued to volunteer and serve. She took friends and neighbors to medical appointments, volunteered at the church, and was a "second mom" to many. Martha was predeceased by her parents, brother John and sister Anne. She is survived by sons Brian (Tammy) and David (Ofelia), nieces and nephews Catherine, Charles, Rebecca (Felix), Aaron, and Lisa. Martha will be remembered as a constant and faithful servant to God and to her fellow man. We will miss her sparkling eyes, genuine smile and abundant laughter, but know that she has found her way home and that we will be reunited again someday. Services will be at Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, at 6pm Sunday March 16, 2014. Contributions may be made to Cross Roads UMC Foundation, Hospice of the Valley , American Association of University Women Scholarship Fund, the American Cancer Society , or a charity of your choice .

 

Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 12, 2014