Lasting Memories

Martha Ann Acevedo
Oct. 14, 1918-June 20, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Submitted by David E LeCount

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Martha Ann, a loving widow, mother of five, and social activist, passed away at the age of 100.

Martha Ann was born in Roanoke, Virginia on October 14, 1918 to Edgar and Mattie Jamison. She had an older sister, Sara, with whom she was very close, and she had wonderful memories of the summers she spent on the Kinzie’s farm in Virginia with their children and farm animals.

After graduating from Carson Newman College in Tennessee, Martha Ann completed the first year of medical school at the University of Virginia. There she married Samuel Nelson LeCount and moved to the west coast. They had four children, Suzanne, David, Tom, and Josie. Her second marriage to Jorge Acevedo gave them a daughter, Antonia.

Martha Ann was a dedicated teacher in the Palo Alto School District. She loved adventurous travels to various parts of the world; her first sabbatical took her and her daughter Antonia around the globe for one year. Martha Ann was instrumental in organizing the Palo Alto Peace group, and she worked in the lab at the Linus Pauling Institute during her second sabbatical from teaching.

In her later years she married a Cuban man, Eusebio Aviles, and they lived in Cuba for one year, where Martha embraced her new family. After returning to Menlo Park, Martha and Eusebio continued to spend part of every year in Cuba.

Martha Ann very much enjoyed sharing holidays with her children, her grandchildren, and her many close friends. She was always interested in world events and was fond of sharing ideas with her loved ones. She leaves behind her children, Suzanne, David, Josie, her fifteen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Preceded in death are her children Tom LeCount and Antonia Acevedo.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to KPFA or Doctors Without Borders in Martha Ann’s name would be greatly appreciated.