Martha M. Valentine, 75, of Mingo Junction, OH, passed away Wednesday September 8, 2021 at Smith Mills Health Complex in New Albany, OH.
She was born June 21, 1946 in Morgantown, WV, a daughter of the late Walter and Beatrice (Strahin) Carper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her twin sister Mary Carper.
Martha retired after 25 years from Stanley Home Products, where she was a division manager. In retirement Martha devoted her life to her church and to fundraising. Martha sold homemade pepperoni rolls, (of which she made the best), handmade quilts, (much of which she stitched by hand) Stanley Home Products and various snacks, all to raise money for the causes she believed in. Martha raised over $20,000 as the Missionary President at her church, Rosemont Chapel in Mingo Junction, Ohio. Martha also raised thousands of dollars for Fishing Has No Boundaries, a non-profit that takes individuals with disabilities fishing and the Foundation for Nager Miller Syndrome, a cause near and dear to her heart because of her Granddaughter Lauren. In retirement, Martha also found a love for writing poetry and she wrote hundreds of poems. Martha’s poems could sometimes be found in the numerous devotionals she wrote for an online prayer group called the “Burnt Offering”. Though certainly not technology savvy (although she was a master at Tetris), Martha had hundreds if not thousands of friends across the web that read the hundreds of devotionals she wrote. Martha also had a passion for music, especially country music and she was also a top-notch cook, a trait she passed on to at least two of her children. Her specialties were ribs, fried chicken, apple pie, mashed potatoes and of course, her famous pepperoni rolls. Martha especially enjoyed cooking for her family. Martha also devoted hours a day praying for others and she made unbelievable sacrifices daily to give her time and money to others. When Martha wasn’t cooking, sewing, praying or using her “situp” machine, she was mastering every card game imaginable. Of all the things Martha loved to do, at the very top of the list was spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Surviving are two sons, Henry P. (Phil) Guminey, Jr. of Mingo Junction, OH and Jeffrey D. (Lisha) Guminey of Grove City, OH; a daughter, Christi Benner of Circleville, OH; four brothers, Douglas Carper of Morgantown, WV and James (Fran) Carper, of Sebring, Florida, Charles Carper of Morgantown, WV and Clyde Carper of Wadestown, WV; and grandchildren Lauren Beatrice Guminey and Shannon Rebecca Benner.
Private graveside services will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Masontown, WV. Memorial services will be held for family and friends at a later date at Rosemont Chapel.
There were so many things that Martha loved, but there were two things she did not, her ears and flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed towards one of Martha’s passions- Rosemont Chapel, 23 Williams Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43953, World Gospel Mission www.wgm.org , Fishing Has No Boundaries www.fhnbinc.org or Foundation for Nager Miller Syndrome www.fnms.org.
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