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.