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Marilyn Martena (Mabra) Burnside Brice

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Martena (Mabra) Burnside, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on April 13, 2021.

Martena was born to Fred Mabra and Ruddnette Dixon and was raised in Yellow Springs by her mother and stepfather Thurlow Jefferson. She was employed at Ohio Valley Surgical Center.

Martena is survived by her loving husband, Eugene “Geno” Brice II; mother, Rudnette Jefferson; her sons, Derrick Jones, Robert Jones and Curtis Burnside; her sisters, Kimberly Mabra Bragg (Michael) and Tracy Jefferson; her brothers, Mark Mabra and Thurlow Jefferson Jr.; her grandchildren, Jonathan Jones, Serenity Jones, Noah Jones, Braden Lakins, Riley Lakins, Clarissa Owens, Courtney Owens, Jayce Burnside and Julian Burnside; great-granddaughter, Lila Jones; nieces, Ciarra Bragg-Jones, Jill Mabra and Penelope Bragg; nephews, Derek Mabra, Mitchell Bragg and Nicholas Jones; and sister-in-law, Lisa Brice-Johnson (Darin).

Martena attended Clifton Avenue Church of God in Springfield, Ohio. She was a loving and vibrant soul who sought to share her love of God through the ministry of giving and hospitality. She often prepared special meals for family, friends and anyone she knew in need, and she was the best party planner ever!

Martena’s love for entertaining and making people feel welcomed and loved touched many lives. She had a heart of gold and always found joy and laughter in any situation. Her favorite expression was “Good and Blessed.”

For every special holiday or occasion, she made it memorable with her special treats and well-wishes. Martena had no limits with her loyalty and compassion. When she loved, she loved.

Martena lived and loved life to the fullest. She would say, “Don’t cry for me. You gotta keep it moving.” She will be deeply missed.

A walk-through visitation was scheduled at First Baptist Church in Yellow Springs on Wednesday, April 21, 11 a.m.–noon, followed by a graveside service at Glen Forest Cemetery in Yellow Springs. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a food bank of your choice in memory of Martena. 

Arrangements entrusted to Porter-Qualls-Freeman Funeral Home.


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