Celebrating the life of

Martha Turner Watson

September 30, 1978 - December 30, 2021

Martha Turner Watson


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Martha Turner Watson, 43, was lost unexpectedly on December 30, 2021, leaving a legacy of uncommon strength and determination that will always be remembered by her family and friends.

Born on September 30, 1978, in Savannah, Ga., she is survived by her wife, Melissa Turner, her children, Haley, Turner, Caroline and Connor; their father, William Watson, III; Melissa’s children, Grace and Claire; her mother, Martha Youmans (Bill); her brother, Stephen E. Weeks, III, (Ruth), her sister, Julie Farmer (Ben); her brother-in-law, Charles Warren; her nieces and nephews, Grace, Maggie, Jack, Hugh, Charlie (Melissa), Lance (Tiffany) and Lysa; as well as beloved family friend, Martha Tillman. She was preceded in death by her father, Jay R. Turner, her sister, Jan Warren, and her grandparents, Hilma S. Traver and Jack Traver and James Turner and Alice Turner of Middlesboro, Kentucky. 

She lived her life on her own terms, and she resolutely refused to be limited by labels or conventions she didn’t believe applied to her. Wherever she went, she was fully and unapologetically herself.

Above all else, she was a mother who loved her children fiercely, supporting and celebrating them every day of their lives. Since the day her oldest child, Haley, was born and every day afterward, Martha lived her life with and for her children, creating a home with Melissa with open doors where every day felt like an event and everyone was welcome. At every game, every graduation, every birthday party and every holiday, she was an unmistakable presence for her children.

She was also a devoted, loyal and generous friend who travelled easily in and between many circles, her authenticity endearing her to everyone she met. Her smirk, raised eyebrows and razor sharp sarcasm will be missed by everyone who loved her, knew her and laughed with her.

A 1997 graduate of Savannah Country Day School, Martha was one of the best basketball players in the school’s history. She still holds the school record for most made 3-pointers and led teams that advanced to the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 of the state playoffs. But her athletic career was far more than statistics – from an early age, she electrified her family, her teammates, her coaches and occasionally even her opponents by playing with a precocious flair that could never be anticipated or imitated.

Martha will be remembered as a unique spirit who loved being on the water and in the backyard, and she will be remembered as a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend whose actions always expressed her deep devotion the people fortunate enough to be close to her.

Visitation will take place from 12-2 pm on Tuesday at the Fox & Weeks Hodgson Chapel at 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive followed by a funeral service in the Hodgson Chapel beginning at 2 pm.

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Martha, I am so truly sorry for your loss. You have been a rock for me during the past 4 months. Martha is okay and you and her children will always have a guardian angel looking out for you all. I am hear if you, Steven or the children need anything. Love You Therese

- Therese Sheehan, Savannah, Ga

Martha , Steven and Family , Martha E has always been one of my favorite people and talking with her really helped . Her smile always lit up the room. Her family was her world and love them she did ! Peace be with you . Bonnie

- Bonnie Connolly, Savannah , Georgia

Martha, Melissa, Haley, Turner, Caroline, Stephen, and Julie, We are so sorrowful to hear of Martha Elizabeth’s untimely death. We were glad we got to see her and spend time with her Christmas 2020. She has always had a special place in my heart because I was in the delivery room when she was born and I was the first person to hold her. I know you have wonderful memories of her life and love for each of you. We love you and are praying for God’s strength and His unconditional love to carry each of you through this painful and difficult time. In deepest sympathy, Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Karen

- Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Karen, Aurora, Colorado

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Sending our love and support to your whole family. Martha, you left us too soon, but God had another plan. We will watch after your children and family. We love and miss you!

- Beverly Sheppard, Savannah, Ga

Martha and family, we are so sorry to hear about Martha Elizabeth. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God help you all through this difficult time.

- Mac & Brenda Salter, Savannah, GA

Melissa,Haley,Turner,Caroline, and Turner/Watson families, Words fail to express our sorrow for your loss. We are thankful to have shared memories with Martha. I will miss our phones calls, texts, and always checking in with her on our children. She made a difference in so many lives, esp. our Joseph. Our families will forever remain strong together and will share in the journey to finding peace after this difficult loss. Forever grateful for the love and friendship we all share. It was what Martha always wanted for everyone. We love you all so much! The Morris’s

- Jesse,Trisha,Joseph,and Matthew Morris, Savannah, Georgia

We are so heartbroken over the unexpected news about Martha Liz. She was an amazing cousin and special person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Martha, Stephen, Melissa, Haley, Turner, Caroline, Conner and the entire family.

- Sam and Penny Turner and Family, WHITE PINE, TN

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- Monique Rousseau , Savannah , Georgia

I have not known your family long. I did not know your family well. But what I knew was this was a family where "family" truly meant something. There was so much love and support there. During Haley's time at Memorial Day School - grandmother, uncle, aunt sister, brother and their friends supported Haley and supported our school. We were blessed to go the Wason home for Haley's graduation and were treated like we had been a part of the family for years. I was in shock when I received a call and my heart broke for Haley, Turner, Caroline and Connor. I will and Memoriald Day School will always be here for your family. Rest in Peace knowing how much love there is in this community for you and your family.

- Mark Sussman, Savannah, GA

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Melissa, and all, again, I am so sorry for your loss of Martha! Many prayers and hugs being sent your way!

- Kelly McKee, Savannah, GA

What a loss, and so very sudden. My love and prayers for my Watson family, and the Turners.

- Pamela Watson Bain, San Antonio, Texas

We are holding all of you in our thoughts and prayers as your hearts break. A tragic loss of a beautiful and shining soul. -The Summerlin Family

- The Summerlins , Savannah , GA

Robert and I are so sorry for your loss. Martha Liz was a good person. I remember her from her childhood, flooring around at church in her beautiful little handmade dresses. Martha and Steven, I know without a doubt that Hilma had already welcomed her home. Prayers and hugs. Alice Schunemann

- Alice Schunemann, Snellville, Georgia

I remember Martha Liz from our Handcock days like it was yesterday. She was always so spunky and had such a special relationship with her Grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss and know she will be greatly missed. Your family is in my prayers.

- Lauren Lantz Hughes, Savannah , Georgia

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Sending love & prayers to you all. Miss you my beautiful friend ❤️

- Lisa Swetnam, Bluffton, Sc

Martha and family, please know that we are thinking of you during this sad time. The SCDS parents of the Class of 1997 were blessed to watch the young people grow up and flourish. May God comfort and sustain you during this period. Know that my prayers are with you. Carol and Joe Bell

- Carolyn Hodges Bell, Savannah, GA

Dear Martha, Please accept our deepest condolences and let our prayers comfort you at this difficult time. May Martha’s memory endure as a blessing to all who knew and loved her. Love, Dena and George Hammond

- Dena Hammond, Savannah, GA

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- Lisa Rosario, Savannah, Ga

Our hearts are breaking for your family. Martha was a special part of our family and we will always hold her close to our hearts. She raised such wonderful, special children. They will forever make their mana proud! Love and prayers in this difficult time

- Julie and Bill Lattimore, Savannah, Georgia

We have known Martha since she was a tiny girl. I will never forget that beautiful little girl who turned into such an accomplished athlete. She spent many nights at our house and was always a joy. It breaks my heart that such a young, vibrant girl is no longer with us. Hugs and prayers to you Melissa and Martha and Steven.

- Sherrie and Bill Baker, Savannah, Ga

So sorry for your loss sending thoughts and prayers to all of you

- Regina, Richmond Hill, GA

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the unexpected and untimely death of Martha. I knew Martha while growing up in Savannah. We attended different high schools, and I can certainly attest to her tremendous athletic ability, as I and my school were the unfortunate recipients many of times. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers, and may God be with each of you and give you His amazing grace and strength. Much love, Katie Crawford Wynne

- Katie Crawford Wynne, Virginia Beach, Virginia

I thought that I was living a life on my own terms in a bubble until I met Martha. I don’t know how we even evolved into the closest of friends because I don’t remember me without her. When I met Martha I met someone as silly, quirky, fun, loved with her whole heart, and was the best mom and wife ever. Martha made going to the gas station fun! We traveled to many places, shared heartfelt stories, and we never had a bad time even when I cried she made me laugh. My life will never be the same without Martha, but her love, fun spirit, and passion for life will always shine on in Haley, Turner, and Caroline. I am blessed for having known such a wonderful woman. Martha changed my life for the better. I will take what I learned from her and keep on being my silly self always looking for a side-eye glance. I will always love and miss you. I will see you again my sweet friend.

- Aimee Strickland , Richmond Hill , Ga

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- Aimee Strickland , Richmond Hill , Ga

To Julie and Melissa and all family and friends, I am so very sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. That she was much loved and exceptional and a very loving mother is made very clear in this loving memorial. Sending the strongest healing wishes your way as you navigate these difficult times.

- Ashley Berry Harward, Atlanta, GA

Martha Elizabeth was an unforgettable student, both on and off the court, and I am glad for the privilege of teaching and coaching her. May God's strength and the love and support. of your family and friends sustain all of you during this very sad time.

- Sherri Goodman, Savannah, GA

Martha was very special to us. We are heartbroken. Rest In Peace.

- Kathie & Brian Harlander, Savannah, GA

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Melissa and family, I am very sorry and sad for your loss. The write up is beautiful and portrays such a wonderful woman, inside and out. Prayers for strength during this difficult time and the many days ahead.

- Gretchen Speerstra, Savannah, GA

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Martha and Family, I am truly saddened to learn of your loss. I know Martha E was your world and now there is a void. You are a strong person and have many around you to lean on. Your faith will always be there for you. Love and Hugs to all of you at this time of sorrow. Mary Ford

- Mary Ford Parian, Savannah, GA

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Melissa, we are so very sorry for your loss. Please extend our condolences to Martha's children and to your own. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you

- Bo & Judy Painter, Guyton, GA

Martha I am so sorry for your loss I know it’s a hard thing to bear and I’m praying for you and the family

- Glenda claxton, Sav, Ga

We are terribly sorry for the loss of such wonderful person.

- The Wilsons, Savannah, Ga

Martha, it is so rare to meet a person who automatically clicks with not only you but with your whole family and one who shares their family as well. That happened for us, I could always count on you to look after Fenn and never once did I worry! I will always remember when you took Fenn tubing and she tried to lie at 9! I could also always count on you picking on me for being a helicopter mom, I actually changed from knowing you! I'm going to miss our conversations and seeing you. Joe and I will always be there for Caroline, Turner, and Haley! We will try to keep the sass from C down for M! Fly high!

- Truckley, West End, NC

We are soo deeply sorry for your loss ! May God allow you to find peace and bless each of you!

- Carolyn Lofton oneill, Savannah, Ga

We are soo deeply sorry for your loss ! May God allow you to find peace and bless each of you!

- Carolyn Lofton oneill, Savannah, Ga

We are soo deeply sorry for your loss ! May God allow you to find peace and bless each of you!

- Carolyn Lofton oneill, Savannah, Ga

Martha always brought a smile to my face every time I saw her. She could take a joke just as well as she could give one and boy could she give one. I know her son Turner personally. I consider him to be one of the finest young men that I know. I don’t know her daughters but judging by Turner I know that they must be fine young ladies. When she talked about her children you could tell that she was very proud of them. May God give them strength and may she rest in peace

- Ricky Burnsed, Midway, Ha.

Martha always brought a smile to my face every time I saw her. She could take a joke just as well as she could give one and boy could she give one. I know her son Turner personally. I consider him to be one of the finest young men that I know. I don’t know her daughters but judging by Turner I know that they must be fine young ladies. When she talked about her children you could tell that she was very proud of them. May God give them strength and may she rest in peace

- Ricky Burnsed, Midway, Ha.

Martha, I am saddened by the news of Martha ‘s passing. Lance called to let me know. I wish I could give you a hug and comfort you. You were so supportive when Jan passed. May the Lord put his arms around you and give you comfort. Ann Warren Lett

- Ann Warren Lett, Marietta , Ga

We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Martha. May God's love bring you peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Prayers for the entire family. Love- Carrie and Paul Jackson

- Carrie Jackson, Savannah, GA

So very sorry for your loss. Praying for Peace, Comfort and Joy. May God bless you all especially Haley, Turner, Caroline, Melissa, Bill and Martha

- Anita Smith, Savannah, GA

I know Martha Liz is running give and go drills with my Pop up there just like we used to do in 6th grade. XO

- Eli Karatassos, Athens, Georgia

Dear Turner Family...A beautiful flower has bloomed in God's kingdom. May God's love and comfort be with you. ~Khani B.Morgan

- Khani B. Morgan, Savannah , Georgia

Martha , Melissa, Hayley, Turner , and Caroline, My heart is broken for all of you ! Martha was such incredible person , mother , daughter , to all who knew her and loved her ! She was a trailblazer as an athlete and in living a life unapologetically full and beautiful ! She made her family so proud and we will miss her bright spirit and infectious laughter . May God comfort all of you during this sad and difficult time . Her legacy of love will shine forever bright in her children and those of us who loved her . Please take comfort in God’s reassurance that you will all be together again . May we celebrate Martha with all the wonderful memories she gave us ! Sending love and prayers to you all ! Love in Christ! Omie Diane Shuman

- Omie Diane Shuman , 7614 Peridot Lane, Savannah

Thoughts and prayers go out to you from your family in Oklahoma. Martha Elizabeth was a kind, sweet soul and all our memories of her are good ones. We will miss her. -Shannon and Dion Francis

- Shannon Francis, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Martha, Haley, Turner, Caroline and family, I am so very sorry for your family's loss. May God comfort you all in the hard days to come. You will be in my prayers!

- Abigail Cail, Savannah, GA

I was so sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. She was always such a bright and energetic spirit. I know I only knew her from church but she was always so nice to me. The world has lost an amazing soul but heaven has gained a bright angel. My husband and I send our heartfelt condolences. May we all find peace in the knowing that we will all see each other again one day.

- Robert Feus Jr, Orlando, Fl

I am with heavy heart as I just learned of Martha's passing. To her family I send hugs of comfort to you. I remember you all well when you were my neighbors. May God's strength and comfort be with you.

- Kathy Fritz, Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel