Martha Jo Siders
Martha Jo Siders, 75, of Fort Myers/Sanibel Island, Florida, passed away suddenly on Saturday October 12, 2019. Martha was born and raised in Flint, Michigan by her mother Josephine Heltman. It was in Flint where she first met her husband, Richard Wayne Siders, when they were just in high school. They married in 1966 and had more than 50 years together. Martha completed her bachelor and master’s degrees (Child Development) at the University of Michigan. She worked as a supervisor at a daycare center for children with developmental disabilities while Rick completed medical school. Martha completed a second Masters in Geography after raising their two children, Bruce Richard Siders and Amelia Beth Siders. She enjoyed learning and had a special interest in city planning. Martha taught for the University of Toledo for several years and loved working with the students.
Martha was known to her family and friends as an intelligent, funny, brave, and beautiful soul who was never afraid to voice her opinion. Despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her 50s, Martha was able to stay active and involved with her family and the community. She loved to swim, knit, travel, see her grandchildren, Kate and Elizabeth, and spend time on Sanibel Island. She was described as a “feisty and incredible woman” by those who worked with her over the many years she volunteered at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCFF).
Her husband Rick is grateful for all the years they had to spend with each other. Martha is survived by her husband, her children Bruce and Amelia, her daughter-in law Rebecca Siders, and her beloved grandchildren Katherine and Elizabeth Siders.
A memorial service is being planned for early 2020. Memorials may be made to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation: sccf.org (239) 472-2329, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road Sanibel, FL 33957.