Obituary of Martha T. Race

Martha Race

Martha T. Race, 90 of Great Barrington passed away Tuesday August 21, 2018 at Baystate Medical Center after a short illness. She was born in Great Barrington on November 28, 1927 to Delmor J. and Frances Collins Tryon of Monterey. She grew up in Monterey and later became a lifelong resident of Great Barrington. She attended local schools and was a 1945 graduate of the former Searles High School.  She worked at Fairview Hospital until her retirement in 1993. After her retirement she enjoyed spending her time traveling with family and friends and engaging in one of her favorite activities, reading.  She would often be seen weekly going into the Mason Library for her next supply of books.  She was a member of the former St. James Episcopal Church now known as Grace Church an Episcopal Community in the South Berkshires.  On October 11, 1952 she married Richard “Bud” M. Race Sr. at the Monterey Congregational Church and they enjoyed 60 wonderful years together.  Bud predeceased her in 2013. She was also predeceased by a son Richard M. Race Jr.  She leaves behind two sons, Charles E. and his partner Tim of Great Barrington, and Philip T. of Cape Coral Fl., one daughter Patricia C. and her wife Dawn of Roslindale MA, one brother, Richard D. Tryon and his wife Barbara of Monterey, numerous nieces and nephews and one very special god daughter.

A Memorial Service for Martha T. Race will be held on Saturday September 1 at 11:00 AM at Christ Trinity Church on Main Street in Sheffield. Burial will follow in Corashire Cemetery in Monterey. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Martha’s memory may be made to Mason Library, in care of BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME, 33 South Street, Great Barrington, MA 02130.  Condolences may be made through

3 Responses to Obituary of Martha T. Race

  1. I am Audrey Raifstanger’s daughter and live up the street. I did not know Martha well, only as a neighbor for a few years, but she was always pleasant and friendly. My deepest sympathy to you, her family.

    Sincerely, Joan Freitas

  2. Martha was one of the sweetest people I knew, I was truly blessed to have known her, she will be missed by many!

  3. Sending my sincere condolences to the Race Family. Martha was a special lady. I have many fond memories of her while growing up with Pat. She was always smiling and was the life of the party. She made everyone around her feel welcomed and loved. Sending my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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