Martha Kennard Atherton-Fleetwood

Sun City Center, Fla. — Martha Atherton-Fleetwood passed peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, just one month shy of her 99th birthday.

Born in Chicago, Ill. in 1915, Martha was the daughter of Ida Mae Menter and Oliver Layfayette Kennard. Martha relocated to Holt, Fla. in 1928 where she attended elementary and high school. She then went on to attend business school in Pensacola, Fla. where she learned skills that she applied throughout her life.

Martha was married to Sumner (Coonie) Atherton in 1939 and shortly thereafter, set up home in West Lebanon, N.H. where they would reside until the late 60s. In addition to raising five children, Martha was instrumental in assisting with the development and operations at the Lebanon Municipal Airport and Connecticut Valley Airways. Summers were spent helping to operate the family owned Twin Spruce Lodge & Cabins on Lake Wallace in Canaan, Vt. She worked with sales at the Valley News, and operations at WNNE TV. After their relocation to Sarasota, Fla., Martha created and developed her own travel service which allowed her to enjoy one of her great passions, traveling the world. Continuing to live on the Gulf Coast of Florida after her 1st husband’s passing in 1975, Martha remarried to Dr. Raymond Fleetwood in 1979 with whom she would share wonderful times, dancing, playing cards, visiting with family and traveling. In 1992, Martha relocated to Kings Pointe in Sun City Center where she developed strong friendships and continued with her many activities. She took great pleasure in developing a memoir of her life with the assistance of her son Jeffrey, and may be read at

She was a loving & supportive mother and a generous & constant friend. Enjoying her many grand and great grand children, she never hesitated to correct their behavior, as she did with her own. She leaves behind her five children, John Atherton (Anita Chase-Atherton), Jean Hutchinson (Joe), Mary Atherton, Paul (Barbara) and Jeffrey (Natalie Oliver-Atherton); 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husbands, Sumner E. Atherton, Jr. and Raymond Fleetwood as well as a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Hazel Kennard of Knoxville, TN.

A private internment at the West Lebanon Cemetery will take place at a later date. Donations may be made to the West Lebanon Congregational Church, 18 Maple St, West Lebanon, NH 03784 or to Lifepath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Dr, Ruskin, FL 33573.