United States Navy Lieutenant Sarah Beth Martin was born in Marlton, New Jersey, on October 28, 1980 to Robert E. and Delores M. Martin (current residence of Blue Springs MO). She was their second daughter born of what would be three diamonds in their eyes. Sarah Beth Martin has two sisters the oldest Jennifer M. Kanagawa-Selter (42) of Blue Springs, MO who has Sarah's nieces Madsen A. Kanagawa (19), Reagen P. Kanagawa (18), and Kenadee A. Kanagawa (15). Sarah's only nephew is Robert S. Kanagawa (13). And the youngest sister Shelby J Martin (34) of Blue Springs, MO. Her surviving Grandmother Clarita McGreevy of Louisiana MO was her trusted family love. She is survived by many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. She grew up and attended School in the Blue Springs School District attending James Lewis Elementary and Blue Springs South High School graduating as a Bright Flight Scholar. This is where she met her life- long friend Diana Hill (of California). Sarah was excitedly awaiting the upcoming birth of Diana's first baby. She graduated in 1998 from Blue Springs South High School and went on to study at Truman University in Kirksville MO and earned degrees in Computer Science, Math and Ceramics Arts. She later obtained her master's degree from Embry Riddle University for Space Operation and Management. She enlisted in the Navy December 6, 2007 as seaman and worked her way up and through the ranks eventually becoming an officer. She was most recently a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Sarah became an avid runner completing runs and marathons. Her most recent marathon time prompted a call to her father to jest him that he had told her that she didn't run the bases fast in softball during her younger years but she had finished and nailed her goal time in the Marine Full Marathon. Sarah was an amazing knitter and crocheter. She donated blankets to the ill and homeless in her community areas. She was promoted in 2017 and looked forward to her next promotion and retirement from the NAVY in later years. She was actively working on her warfare qualifications at the time of her death.
Sarah had two loves in her life her daughters of her home Natalie Grace Demarco (8) and Madeline Claire Demarco (6). She said often that they "were the absolute best people and experiences in her life". She reviled in their innocence and intellectual curiosity of new things. She was humored by their amazement and surprise with new discoveries. She planned activities and outings and always made sure there were one on one mommy dates. She took Madeline to see Two Cellos perform and was planning on taking both girls to a concert in the future. Their most recent trip was to Walt Disney World.
She felt great pride in her work with the United States Navy and the security it brought to every one of our Nation's Citizens.
LT Sarah Beth Martin's Military Memorial will be held on Thursday January 10, 2019 at 2pm in the Argonne Hills Chapel on Fort Meade. Her Services will be held on Friday January 11, 2019 at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A., 1411 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113 - phone 410-672-2200. Public visitation 12pm-1pm with the service following at 1pm. She will be laid to rest at 2:30pm in The Maryland Veterans Cemetery located at 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, MD 21032.