Jennifer N. Martin

Jennifer Nates Martin, a woman of faith, courage, and love was born into eternal life on April 27, 2013 at her Gonzales home after an extended battle with cancer. Born on October 13, 1957, in Columbia, SC, she was 55 years old. She was a loving mother, wife, friend and tireless worker for the poor. She led mission trips to Honduras for ten years and served on the board of Franciscan Works, which sustains a mission in Liberia, Africa. She was embedded in many St. John the Evangelist activities and still found time to found and run LA. Gifts and Gallery, Inc. She did all that and she was fun! She put smiles on everyone around her as she was filled with the joy Christ came to give. Our "Mammy Squirrel" and "Baby Baby" knew she was doing the work of the Lord, even when saddled with terminal cancer. She passed in the arms of Deacon Edwin Martin, her spouse of nearly 35 years. She is also survived by her daughter, Rachel Michelle Martin; two sons, John Alexander Martin and wife Amanda and their sons Sean and Xander, and James Nate Martin and wife Ashlie; her mother, Jane Nates Marchant of Columbia; sister, Sherrill Nates Painter and husband, Tom; sister, Rebecca Nates Payne and husband, Kim; brother, John Bryan Nates and wife, Rebecca; stepsister Karen Marchant Cooper and husband Dr. John Cooper, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter Maguerite (Maggie) Martin, father John Ogg Nates, step-father Julian M. Marchant, grandparents Claude Sherrill Beckham and wife Margaret Crenshaw Beckham; mother-in-law Stella Griggs Martin. Jennie graduated from Hammond Academy in 1975 and the University of South Carolina in 1980. She has been honored by Franciscan Works with the St. Francis of Assisi Award, by the Knights of Columbus as the Family of the Year for the state of Louisiana, and by the love of countless friends. A rosary will be offered by the KC's at 4:00 PM Tuesday at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, with visitation to follow immediately afterwards until 9:00 PM. Visitation will resume Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Prairieville, to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial concelebrated by Father Eric Gyan and Father Michael Alello. Pallbearers to be the Diaconate Class of 2010 and Mark Berard. Interment to follow at Oak Lane Memorial Park, Prairieville. The family would like to thank St. Joseph's Hospice, Dr. Christopher McCanless and all the staff at Baton Rouge Hematology and Oncology for 30 months of compassionate and excellent care. Also all the friends, Father Eric, and the parishioners of St. John's who have fed the family with physical and spiritual nourishment so well during our trials. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Franciscan Works, P.O. Box 56007, Chicago, IL 60656. Her faith and struggle with cancer is documented at To leave condolences for the family please visit the caring bridge site above. Please sign the guestbook at

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Ourso Funeral Home
13533 Airline Highway Gonzales, LA 70737
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Published in from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2013