Gwendolyn Martin, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019 at her home with family at her side. Gwen was born December 8, 1948 to Elton and Edith (Hunter) Martin in Kansas City, MO.
Gwen followed a successful educational path with a B.S. in Business from University of San Francisco, Masters in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her proudest achievement her PhD in Sociology from the University of Kansas.
Through her employment with various nonprofit agencies and universities, Gwen had numerous opportunities throughout her career to aid others in continuing their education, personal development, and personal success. She founded her own business Evalytics for the final chapter of her working life.
Gwen’s insatiable thirst for knowledge and new experiences led her to become a Master Gardener, learn quilting, sewing, and many hand crafts. Her volunteer activities included work with the Tree Alliance, Lead to Read KC and Master Gardeners of Greater KC.
True to her love of all things in nature, Gwen enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and trying every non-lethal method to stop the deer from destroying her prized plants. She loved all animals, especially, her many rescue dogs and cats through the years.
Gwen was a remarkable person that lived life on her terms. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter and friend and she will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.
Gwen is survived by a son Stephen Bridges, a daughter Lauretta Richtermeyer, both of Kansas City, MO, a grandson Aiden Bridges of Blue Springs, MO, two sisters Janet Kent of Overland Park, KS, Lauretta Edwards (Rick) of Kansas City, MO, numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, and many special friends including Jerry Hardin.
Gwen was preceded in death by both parents and one brother Elton Martin.
A Memorial Service celebrating Gwen’s life will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. Memories and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com