The Life of Mazie Lee Martin
Mazie Lee Martin was the daughter of John and Mary Cox and One of 12 children. She was born in Norfolk, VA on June 22, 1939. She will be missed by her brother Robert Cox, her sister Rosa Lee Bell, daughter Shelia Mae Wade, son Anthony Leroy Martin, son in law Clarence wade, and daughter in law Robin Martin. Mazie Martin has eight grandchildren, Chandra Lamb, Yolanda Isom, Dr. NNeka Harrison, Noritha Allen, B.S., A.D.N., Mary Parker, Eddie Linwood Hall, Robert Lee Martin, and Anthony Leroy Martin Jr. She was also blessed with 18 great grandchildren and 7 great-greatgrandchildren. As widow and a retired cafeteria worker from Norfolk Public Schools, she loved to sing, play bingo, and spend time with her church family in Virginia and Michigan.
She loved playing Bingo, Dominoes, Bid-wiz, attending church, and her singing voice resembled the late Aretha Franklin’s.
Our Favorite Memories
My mom had a great sense of humor
When I moved back home to Virginia from California at 24, Grandma helped me get settled. One night she was upset with me because I went out to a club. I came in so late that it woke her up. Grandma asked me to come to church with her to change my life. I am so grateful for that, thank you Lord!
She was a feisty woman.
She taught me never to say the forbidden word “hindparts” because it was inappropriate child language. She taught me a valuable life lesson—be careful with what you say!
During her visit to California, Grandma Mazie made smothered potatoes for breakfast, they were delicious. Since then, I have been attempting to re-create that flavor, to no avail. Now I know, the secret ingredient was her love.
~Dr. NNeka Harrison
Grandma was the candy lady and she let me run it while she watched All My Children on her brown and yellow floral couch.
Grandma busted me out for putting water in my dad’s 2-liter Pepsi bottle after I drank it.
I remember Grandma whooping our uncle Leroy for leaving and not telling her. It was on and crackin that day! On one of their many visits to California, Leroy decided that he wanted to venture off as an adult. So, he took off on an adventure in Oakland without telling a single sole of his plans. Grandma was a nervous wreck! When he returned after a long day of sightseeing, we were in the dining room eating a meal she prepared, all I heard was ‘boy where you been’. My stick was the closest thing to her.
My dad and I spent hours hiking in Redwood Park to find one special stick I could keep forever and passed down to my children. She beat him until it splintered and broken in many pieces. When I looked around the corner I saw my stick shredded into pieces and a grown man’s whimper from the corner. I looked up to see Leroy icing his lumps. I been looking high and low to find a replacement and I have not found one yet. He was over 18. I think the lesson he learned was to always keep your mamma informed because she never stops worrying about her children. Grandma Mazie was no joke!
~ Noritha Allen, B.S., A.D.N.
I remember her fried crab.
I enjoined talking with her for hours about Madea, Tyler Perry movies and plays. Whenever we were on the phone and a Madea Clip came on, she would laugh from the gut!
Grandma taught me to walk and I have her middle name.
~Mary Lee Parker
I remember when Winson and I locked grandma out of her car and drank all of her Pepsi. We got the worst spanking ever. We never did that again!
~Winnie & Winson Lamb Jr.
My favorite line for Mazie was, ‘who loves you baby’!
Grandma would fuss at me when she gave me candy at church because I complained about how the candy from the bottom of her purse was old.
When Mazie first moved to Michigan, I went with her to Bingo and won $200. I was trying to give her half. She said no, keep it, ‘it’s your winnings’. Mazie was a good person with a good heart! She never let anyone mess with me!
~Robin Ann Martin
When I was seven, I told my mom I was hungry, she told me to grab a skillet to cook some eggs and she walked me through it. She said, after you fix yours, fix me some too. My eggs came out fine, but hers was rotten. It was the first time I ever cooked, and I have been cooking ever since. It is a blessing from my mom. I tried! Since then, I have always wanted to be a chef.
~Anthony Leroy Martin
I remember Grandma Always dropping us off at Muskegon Community College. Everyday she dropped us off an hour early.
~Robert Lee Martin
Grandma taught me how to drive. Today, people say I drive like an old lady because of Grandma Mazie.
~Eddie Linwood Hall
Grandma would always call me in the room and give me sweet snacks to hide. She gave me the nickname Rambo.
~Anthony Leroy Martin, Jr.