Ms. Fran Cenia Collington Martin was born June 26, 1944, in North, South Carolina to Hattie and Arthur Brannum, and raised by her loving Grandmother (Mother) Ann Washington Collington. At a young age she moved and was raised in Fort Myers, Florida. As a teenager she moved to Queens, New York where she graduated from Jamaica High School, and later York College.
In 1963 she married her beloved husband, Bernis Martin and they became the parents to two beautiful children, a son, Kevin Martin and an incredible daughter, Brigette Martin. She was later blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Kiara Martin and Kyle Ulmer. Her blessings continued with a Son in law, Kevin Ulmer, and Daughter in law, Yvonne Martin.
She has one Sister remaining to her cherish her memory, Emma Jean Corbitt and brother in law, Errie Corbitt of Columbia, South Carolina; Cousins, Quida Bishop Taylor( who was more like a sister) of Fort Myers, Florida, and Larry and John Washington (who were more like Brothers), and a host of nieces, nephews, and other cousins.
She was predeceased by her siblings Rose Brannum, Louis Brannum, George Brannum and James K. Washington, and by her sisters in law, Nissie Washington and Sheila Brannum.
THE LIFE SHE LIVED
She was born a leader, strong willed, fierce minded, brave heart and a loving spirit. She was a true diva, and a serious business woman with a charismatic personality and a great sense of humor. She worked and retired from WABC Channel 7 Studio where she served as a Program Coordinator for Daytime Soap Operas, "All My Children, One Life To Live, and General Hospital. She was later promoted to Assistant Program Director for World News with Peter Jennings.
She served on the Board of the Shiloh Baptist Church, and also the choir. She was a graduate of New York Theological Seminary College. She also served the Northeast Region communities as a Public Relations speaker for Medicare Healthcare Benefits and the Senior Wellness Program.
Her entrepreneurship tenure included many opportunities. In the 70's she owned and operated her own restaurant and in the 80's she owned a chain of formal wear stores in New York and Miami. In the 90's she owned an Entertainment Production Company. After retiring in 2010, she dedicated her life to being a caregiver for her Mother and Sister and being the most amazing grandmother any could ever be blessed with. She was an amazing woman and a hero. There wasn't anything she couldn't make happen and successfully.
On Monday, April 14, 2020 at 4:00am our beloved "Fran", "Aunt Fran", "Mommy", "Cisco" was charioted by the angels to heaven . To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Queen, we love you always and you will be dearly missed.
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