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Obituary for Martha Fay Smith-Abbott-Raisor

Martha Fay Smith- Abbott- Raisor, 86, passed away on April 22, 2017 in Georgetown. She was born April 16, 1931 in Eminence, Kentucky, daughter of the late Hollie Smith and Mattie Hawkins Smith.

Martha attended Carroll County High School and began working when she was 16 years old in Carrollton, Kentucky. She worked at the Choo Choo Inn and The Gypsy Grill in Carrollton, until marrying the love of her life, the late Harrison Abbott from Bedford, Kentucky. They had 3 children and made their home in Cincinnati, Ohio until his death in 1964. At her husband's death, she moved to Tucson, Arizona, closer to her sister, Geneva Karsner-Pettit.

Martha later married Willard Raisor of Sanders, Kentucky, where they made their home and she later opened a florist. She had always loved working with flowers, and this was a way for her to fulfill her passion. While working with her florist business, she joined the FTD association, and attended many seminars and business meetings to keep up to date in the business. She took pride in her work and never let anything leave the door without ensuring it was absolutely the best it could be.

Later, she also opened her home to foster children where she cared for several while helping to find them permanent homes within the community.

Martha loved all animals and always fed any stray that happened to come into her yard. She had a passion for classical music, including Pavaratti, ice skating, and loved playing Bingo, especially when she won. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the Sanders Baptist Church in Sanders, Kentucky.

In addition to her late husbands, she was preceded in death by her oldest son, Randall Abbott Raisor and brothers: Hollie Smith Jr., Lloyd Smith, Freddie Smith, and Walter Smith.

Martha is survived by her daughter, Debbie Abbott- Poe (Jim) of Georgetown, son, David Abbott Raisor (Robin) of Williamstown, and her sister, Geneva Karsner-Pettit, of Georgetown, grandchildren, James Toole, Christopher Toole, Shelby Raisor, Brad Raisor, Rebecca Raisor, and Beth Raisor, and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Services were held at the convenience of the family and burial was in Port Royal Cemetery with pallbearers being Jim Poe, James Toole, Christopher Toole, Patrick Karsner, and Jacob Perkins.
Memorials may be made to Scott County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tuckeryocumwilson.com


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