Virginia M. Martin

April 18, 1927 - January 10, 2024

04/18/1927 - 01/10/2024

Virginia Mae Martin, beloved mother, Little Gram, Memall and Gamall, 96, from McMechen, passed peacefully on Wednesday, January 10th at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling, WV.

She was born in Bellton, WV on April 18, 1927, the daughter of the late Eathel and Burnzo Leichliter. She was also preceded in death by her two beloved sons, James D Martin and John E Martin II, and her great grandchildren Victoria McKenzie and Michael Martin.

Virginia was the matriarch of her family and dedicated her life to caring for her family and others. Her nurturing spirit and commitment to her family were unending. She loved leading people to Jesus. To know her was to love her!

She was a lifetime member of the First Church of God, McMechen, where she served in many leadership roles, including the Sunday school superintendent and Sunday School teacher for many years. She was employed at Reynolds Memorial Hospital for 39 years, as the housemother of the school of nursing, and various other departments. She was a past volunteer at RMH, a member of the NWTF, and a member of the Marshall County Republican Executive Committee where she received the Ronald Reagan Award in 2015.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sandy (Richard) Sperling of Glen Dale and Bonnie (Anthony) Cuchta of McMechen, her daughter in laws, Rebecca Martin of McMechen and Sandra Martin Adams of Michigan. Her twelve grandchildren, Cindy, Sheri, Rick, Scott, Stacey, Jay, Dawn, Terri, Tony, Carrie, John and Kevin. Also, several great grandchildren, as well as great great grandchildren.

Services to honor and celebrate Virginia’s remarkable life will be held at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, WV. Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 14, from 12-6 pm and on Monday, January 15, from 10 am until the time of service at 11 am, officiated by Pastor Mitch Johnston. Following the service, Virginia will be laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery in Wheeling, WV.

In lieu of, flowers, donations may be made to the First Church of God Fire Fund, PO Box 102, McMechen, WV or online at

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Helen Riggs Warren
1 month ago

My condolences to the family! So sorry for your loss! Sorry I am not able to attend the service today due to the bad weather, and I don’t get around very well anymore. I will always remember the conversations with her on the phone and how she shared stories about growing up with my older siblings. I will cherish these conversations!

Heather Youssef
1 month ago

Virginia’s faith and love of God showed in everything she did. I treasured her friendship through the years and will always remember her beautiful smile. My condolences to her family. May she Rest in Peace.

John J Altier
1 month ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Martin Family. Virginia was a wonderful woman and in my opinion, one of God’s angels here on earth.

Juanita Guzek
1 month ago

Thoughts and prayers for her family. Virginia was a friend to my sister Linda and that is how I got acquainted with her. She certainly lifted our family in prayer over the years. I am sorry for your loss.

Bob Hill
1 month ago

Our condolences to the family. Such a Beautiful Lady. I remember her all my years growing up. Her and the Clark sisters, always a Blessing to visit with. I know she will be missed. Much Love 💕 from the Hills.

Charlotte & Lou Khourey & Family
1 month ago

So sorry to hear that Virginia has passed away. I was blessed to see her in June at services for my brother Gene Howard. She was always so sweet & it was a treat to see her one last time. Since I’m in Florida for the winter we won’t be able attend services but wanted to give Sheri & her mom Sandra & other family members our sympathies. May she Rest In Peace.

Debbie Pearson
1 month ago

So sorry to hear about are Neighbor Virginia

Diane Clark Courtwright
1 month ago

Virginia was a beautiful lady. She used to come to our home when I was a kid and sing songs to my brother Donnie while he lay in his hospital bed.

Mary Ann Lieser
1 month ago

Mrs Martin was housemother at the nurses home when I was there in 1970. She was so sweet, kept us all in line and never raised her voice. We all loved her

Tom Coffield
1 month ago

So sorry to hear about Mrs Martin, she was a great neighbor and friend, I will miss her beautiful smile, may she RIP