Martha Ellen “Marty” Brady, 72, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 surrounded by her loving family in her hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina.

She was born in Guilford County, NC on July 8, 1941 to the late Lawrence Brady and Gladys Beaver Brady. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Gladys Marie Brady and Mary Lee Brady Smith.

Martha is survived by her sister Lynn; brothers Ken (wife Sandy) and John Brady; nieces Renea Brady and Lesley Brouillard; and nephew, Todd Brady.

Martha was a member of the first graduating class of Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro, NC in 1959. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Appalachian State Teacher’s College in 1963 and began her teaching career as an English teacher in Tampa. She also taught English in Satellite Beach, and in Mableton, Ga. before matriculating at the University of Georgia where she earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling.

A guidance counselor in Cobb County, Ga., she visited St. George Island with friends and she was instantly captivated by the area. She became a language arts teacher at Chapman Junior High School. Two years later, she transferred to Carrabelle High School as guidance counselor and then to Apalachicola High School where she served from 1976 until her retirement on Oct. 30, 1998.

In 1985, Martha earned the Master Teacher Award sponsored by the Florida State Board of Education in recognition of her subject area knowledge and instructional performance. In 1998, she was selected by her colleagues as the Teacher of the Year at Apalachicola High School.

In addition to Martha’s contributions to children in various Georgia and Florida counties, she was a longtime resident of St. George Island, and the owner of various island businesses. She was a member of the St. George Island Methodist Church and the Franklin County Retired Teachers Association.

In keeping with Martha’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. A time of remembrance and reflection will be scheduled at a later date.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Martha E. Brady Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Stephnia Turrell, Assistant Vice President, Cadence Bank, N.A., 58 4th Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320. Or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405.