Martha Anne Herson

Martha Anne Herson

Martha Anne Herson

July 16, 1941~August 19, 2023

Martha Anne Herson of St. Petersburg, 82, passed away on August 19, 2023, following a brief illness.

Martha was born in Boston, MA, to Dr. William B. Wood and Ann L. Wood. She was the youngest of three children. Martha moved, with her family, to Florida in 1970.

She was a graduate of Boston City Hospital School of Nursing. She was a dedicated registered nurse for 35 years, most recently at Bay Pines Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Her specialty was intensive care, and she regarded her years at the VA hospital as the most important in her career.

Martha loved to travel and subsequently turned that love into a second career as a travel agent.

She loved music and was a gifted pianist. She was a 10-year member of the Second Time Arounders Marching Band and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City as well as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, GA.

She is preceded in death by her husband Dr. Steven D. Herson, her parents, William B. and Ann L. Wood and her brother Robert L. Wood. She is survived by her son William B. Hennessy, daughters Michele H. Duggan and Pamela F. Hennessy, her brother George Wile, her grandson Ian M. Schoening, her cousin Philip McCristle, her partner James Furdell and several nieces and nephews.   

A celebration of Martha’s life will be announced soon, and her family encourages all friends to feel welcome.


Sandra J Gajewski

August 25, 2023, 6:16 pm

I am so sorry for your loss Michelle. My deepest condolences at this sad time. 💔😓

Deborah Allen

August 26, 2023, 2:22 pm

So sorry for your loss. I’m grateful to have met her. I remember the day she flew to Boston to meet us, and I loved her instantly. RIP Aunt Martha ❤️

William Hennessy

August 28, 2023, 9:08 pm

thanks mom for giving me life, good genes, summers at Nana’s, the epic summer in Colorado, the financial support, the lust for life, the urge to travel, the awesome times when you visited, my sisters, and my love of cats. I can’t wait to see you again. Say hi to Dad for me.

Ron Hummel

August 30, 2023, 9:03 am

She was one of the most incredible woman I have ever met in my life. She comforted me during difficult times. I could truly call her a friend and had the honor of calling her “Mom”.

My sincere condolences to her wonderful children, husband and family that she loved so dearly. She will be so missed.

It was an honor to know her.

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