On October 10, 1941, a baby girl was born to the late Margaret Marshall (Ross) and the late Samuel Seymore, Sr. She was given the name Martina Enola Vatice Ross. She departed this life peacefully on September 14, 2021 in Baltimore, MD at the age of 79.
Martina was educated in the Dorchester County public school system. While attending Maces Lane High School, she was a majorette in the band and graduated in 1959. Her first job was at Dorsey Laundry before she began her career at Western Printing Company in 1962. She retired from Western after 25 years of service.
Martina was raised by the late Leon Marshall and Margaret, along with the late William Marshall and Ronald Marshall. She was formerly married to Leroy Cornish, Sr. and from this union, two children were born – LaTina and Leroy “Teddy” Cornish, Jr. She also helped raise Leroy Sr.’s three children, Sandra, Bernadine and Andre. At a young age, she became a member of Bethel Church on Pine Street. After moving to Liners Road, she joined John Wesley Methodist Church and sang in The Togetherness Choir. She lived with her son Teddy and his wife until she became ill in July 2021. Martina was very outgoing and chatty. It was easy for her to make friends and leave a lasting memory. Martina would help anyone in need and make sacrifices for others over her own. She learned to use an iPad and had her special contacts she would call daily. Martina also loved to read, play scratch-offs, puzzle word finds, spoil her dog, Cindy Lou, and socialize.
She leaves to cherish her memory Sandra Wongus, Bernadine Cornish, Andre Cornish, all of Cambridge, MD; LaTina Thomas (Leon) of Odenton, MD and Leroy “Teddy” Cornish, Jr. (Francina) of Cambridge, MD; 6 grandchildren: Cheryl Wongus, Tyren Murray, Andrea Bynum, Malik Thomas, Jalen Cornish, Jasmine Cornish and a special bond with Leon’s son, Markus and Francina’s grandchildren Ja’Nykia and Ja’Nazia Stanley; Seven great-grandchildren; 1 sister: Anitra “Neet” Monts (Kevin) of Waldorf, MD; a special nephew she spoiled at a young age, DeAntre Hopkins (Keyonna) of Waldorf, MD; her god-daughter, Teresa Spry; her god-son, Truneal Johnson and her special Aunt Delores (late Daniel) Henry of East New Market, MD. Martina also shared a special friendship with Myra Stafford and Geraldine Flamer and a lasting 70-year friendship with Rachel Chester Meekins. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Martina also built a special bond with Francina’s family.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Reginald Seymore and Samuel Seymore, Jr.