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Edward Ray Martin

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Upton Brethren Church


Edward Ray Martin, 42, of Waynesboro, PA, husband to Gina Hawbaker Martin, father to Cheyenne, Trent, Slade, Brooke, Paige, and Haven, passed away on May 18, 2019. Ed had a two-year journey with cancer, but is now safely in his eternal home with his Heavenly Father and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, his earthly father Clarence, and his brother-in-law Jason Martin.

Ed was the son of Charlotte Martin of Hagerstown, MD and the late Clarence Martin. He is survived by his siblings, Sonja Diller (Dale) of Chambersburg, PA, Bonnie Horst (Ray) of Waynesboro, PA, Barry Martin (Janice) of Hagerstown, MD, Jean Martin of Como, NC, and Terry Martin (Sonya) of Hagerstown, MD.

Ed is also survived by his wife's parents, Wayne and Miriam (Frey) Hawbaker and her brothers and sisters, which include Brad Hawbaker (Kaylene), Kent Hawbaker (Joy), Eric Hawbaker (Emily), Todd Hawbaker, Danae Agha (Killian), Darla Newcomer (Neal),Vaun Hawbaker, and Charity Hawbaker.

Ed was ordained a minister in the Mt. Olive Mennonite Church in Maugansville, MD, served on the board of Allegany Boys Camp, and worked at Copyquik Printing for 24 years.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Upton Brethren Church, 8490 Warm Spring Road, Greencastle, PA with Mt. Olive Mennonite Church ministry officiating.

Interment will be at the Mt. Olive Mennonite Church Cemetery, 13305 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Ed, for the benefit of his children c/o Mt. Olive Mennonite Church, 13305 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Guest Book

Gina, I met you through your blog years ago and admire your strength in life. I feel like I have learned so much from you. Know that I'm thinking of you and your family during this time.

Tulsa, OK

Dear Gina...I started following your blog several years ago, and was sad when Ed's cancer was diagnosed. Your strength and love for Ed, and the dignity with which you wrote about his illness and his death, touched me deeply even though we've never met. I know that you are guided by your faith to believe that Ed is in a place filled with love and joy, and I hope that brings you much comfort now. Just know you have touched lives far away and very different from yours, and I am thinking of you here.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dear Gina, I am one of the hundreds of readers you have touched with your inspiring blog over the years. What a gift you have given us! I want to thank you and to express my sincere sympathy to you and to all of Ed’s family. You have walked through the Valley, but light shines at the end. May Ed Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory!

Wendy Hunter
Heart’s Content , Newfoundland

Sending prayers for peace and comfort to your whole family and community. I’ve walked your path and understand your loss, relief, grief and sorrow. May God bless you with His peace and comfort. Thank you for “sharing” Ed and your journey with have given us countless blessings. God Bless you all.

Boise , Idaho

With very different and opposing emotions, I send my condolences to you and your sweet family. Crushed and saddened that a great man has left this earth and your family circle. Yet grateful to know that he can now rest from his pain and agony. I have followed your blog for years. Your faith and trust in the Lord as well as your focus on the good and the right blessed me so many times. How brave you all have been in the face of tragic circumstances. To have a man like Ed in your life as a husband, father, brother, son, uncle is a privilege, a blessing that will always be yours. No one can take away the loving bond and beautiful memories that you have of him. Life is a gift. Gina, you and your family made every minute count in simple but potent ways—like working in the garden, playing games in a rambling meadow, reading the Holy Bible, having a picnic with yummy homemade dishes and worshipping the Lord on the Sabbath Day. Together as a family you lived life in the best way possible. Now even though one member is gone —hope, belief, and faith can be ignited within your hearts that in the future, in many years hence, your family will be together once again in the Lord’s eternities. I am hoping for this same blessing for my own family. May the Lord continue to guide you, comfort you, bless you, and help you as you travel to that glorious eternal family in His Heavenly Home. My heart and prayers are with you at this time.

Mei Li Moore
Alpine, Utah

I started Following your Blog almost 6 months ago give or take. I Just want you to know that I have you, your Children and Family Continuing in My Prayers. hugs

Deana Rogers
Fort Worth , Texas

I am very sorry for your loss. when your loss is so fresh, it may be difficult for you to imagine that this pain will ever go away. But in time the blessing of God's unfailing love will soften the hurt you're feeling and bring your heart the peace, comfort and hope that it needs to heal. How? Revelation 21:4 tells us that soon everything that causes us pain, including death, will be gone forever. We also have the hope of our loved ones being resurrected here on a paradise earth, as Acts 24:15, Luke 23:43  tells us. I do hope you find comfort in this. Though I did not know your Edward, he sound like a beautiful person. I am touched by your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. (

Hamden, CT

I’m so very sorry for your loss! My husband died of ALS after two long years of suffering, in 2016. What you wrote struck many cords with me. God bless you and your precious family! Praying the Lord will give you comfort in the years ahead.

Michelle A Guadarrama
El Paso, Texas

Dear Gina, I only know you and Ed through your internet blog. You have no idea how many times I've turned to you there for help with a gardening question, a recipe, a book review. But what has always blessed me most were the posts about your relationship with Ed! It was so obvious that the two of you were best friends, as my husband & I are. We have prayed for you both many times and will continue to lift you and your families needs to the Lord.

Kimberly Smith
Moores Hill, Indiana

Your family has impacted SO many lives as we have followed your journey on your blog. He will be faithful in continuing to supply each need. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim & Sally Meyers
Dallas Center, IA

Gina and family, Our sympathy, love and prayers are with you all. May the God of all comfort surround you today, tomorrow and always.

John and Barb Byler
Brunner, Ontario Canada

How can we sort thru the moments of mixed emotions?!! Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for you n the children, releasing your loved one...even tho we know Gods ways are best! But we also rejoice for Ed! He won! His race is done! May we all hold the Torch high as we finish our race! Our prayers are with you n the children today n in the coming 'times'...may you feel Gods strength and know His peace in those moments! Our love, Mel n Anne

Mel n Anne Fisher

Dear Gina and precious family members, At this moment, you are underway with your dearest Ed's visitation ... as a wife of a full time funeral director, I see terrible grief and heart breaking loss every day, but your story really touches my heart. Tears flowed when I heard of Ed's passing - not for his sake, but for yours. I have been praying for you from the beginning of your cancer journey with Ed. I am now praying for you and your children, as you continue to follow the path that the Lord sets before you. Heavy with grief and overcome, perhaps, with dark doubts, I will pray that the Lord keeps you safe in His arms, surrounded by His love and that you will find peace through this storm. My tears and prayers are for you and your family tonight. May you find rest in Jesus. Sending Christ's love from Canada, Gillian Gauthier

Orangeville, Ontario

Sending our most sincerest condolences to the families.

Angela Renee Gore
White Castle, LA

Praying for continued grace and strength as you walk this path.

Peter & Maryann Hartzler
Harrisonburg, VA

I am so sorry for the loss of Ed, and am praying for you and the children.

Annetta Woodford
Caldwell, Ohio

Though only an internet-friend, I felt I knew Ed as I prayed for him, received his email, read and responded to 'his' blog and prayed for and longed for his whole family. That prayer continues as directed by our loving Lord, for Gina and the children who were his greatest achievement and who he loved and encouraged. Through his nurturing of them, my life has been blessed. I mourn the loss of him while rejoicing that his example of a Christian walk will continue to guide as we recall his life and devotion to God.

George e Fletcher
Salem, Oregon

Oh the tears. Mixed with the reality of eternal life. Blessings and courage as you cast yourselves upon the savior of mankind. Clayton

Clayton L SHenk
York, PA

Dear Gina, Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your precious family. I have been blessed by your blog over the past several years. Your testimony of our covenant-keeping God's love and faithfulness through your journey has brought Him glory and inspiration for me. May God bless you in the days and years ahead.

Melva Schout
Zeeland, Michigan

Gina, I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been following your journey since. I am a newly married woman and a renewed Christian after many years away. You and your family are extremely inspiring to me and I appreciate you sharing your story with the world. I am praying for you and your beautiful family during this time.

Chandler Parks
Chattanooga, TN

Gina and family, I have been so inspired by your faith and courage, hope and endurance over these last months. I praise God for you and for the way He will use your testimony and Ed's story to help so many others that may face similar trials. I see Jesus shining through your lives and I know many others will continue to be pointed to Him along the way. May God bless you and hold you tight during this very hard time.

Syracuse, NY

Gina and family, So sorry to hear this news but relieved with you - as you say in your blog (I was a reader! - and we had a bit of connection with the Boys Camp). I can understand, your relief. Bittersweet...perhaps! May you feel Jesus especially close - at this time. Much love, Bev

Beverly Silver
Bechtelsville, PA

I have followed your journey through Home Joys for years now. I've prayed with you as well as cried though you don't even know me in person. We are sisters in Christ and one day will spend eternity together so the journey here is just slight in the light of eternity. It is so calming in my heart to know those that I love who have died in the Lord will be with Jesus. We mourn, but not as the world who have no hope. We mourn for this momentary separation; of not being able to talk to those loved ones, of feel their presence with us. I will continue to pray for you and the children. What a blessing to have a tight knit family group and church family who come alongside in times of trouble. God is so good!

Ruth Millett
Groton, New Hampshire

Praying for you over this time, as you go though this valley of grief .

Calvin and Janell Hoover
rutledge, MO

Gina, your testimony inspires me again and again. It's so obvious you are being carried, and it's so comforting to know God will keep doing that. May He be very near in the week ahead, and the coming weeks and months. I will keep praying for a long time.

Sarah Martin
Bancroft , Ontario

Our family has travelled this road with all of you though we have not met personally. I feel sure that we will see you all when we are all safely home.

Adele Hawley
St. Matthews , SC 29135

Rest in peace. You have inspired an Irish Catholic more than I can ever put into words. God bless you Gina and your beautiful family. Mary

Mary b Kearney
Ryton, Tyne and wear , UK

Sincere condolences for your great loss. Take comfort in knowing that, as a Believer in Our Lord Jesus, he has entered His eternal rest and is now free from all suffering and pain. I pray for the covering of the Holy Spirit over you and your children.

Joanne McGowen
Ridgefield, WA

My heart hurts so much for you and the family. It is so hard to understand when tragedy strikes God’s people- especially when it is someone young. However, we can take solace in the fact that Ed is home; and God is going to do something beautiful through this. Personally, I feel He has already been doing wonderful things through your story and your blog. May God bless you abundantly in the days, weeks, and months ahead. In continued prayer.

Crystal Engle
Garland , TX

I am so sorry for your loss. It is not easy loosing them but I have learned to just take one step and one day at a time. I did not have small children but small great grands who could not understand. You will be in my prayers as you go thru the next weeks, months and years raising your children and helping them to remember their dad and what a good man he was.

Cleveland, North Carolina

Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

Sarah DesJarlais
Wasilla , Alaska

Many continued prayers Gina, I well remember meeting you at the research hospital, while my Mom was there too. We have prayed so much for all of you, and we will continue. May God be close as loving, heavenly Father to you all. And praise God for His gift of salvation in our Savior Jesus Christ, that even while you grieve and life is hard, you have a precious hope of seeing Ed again sometime.

Lucy Zimmerman, Eugene Zimmerman
Leonardtown, Maryland

Dear Gina and children, Our hearts are grieving with yours, on the loss of husband and daddy. We have prayed for you often here in MO, as a family, and collectively with our church family. We will continue to lift your family up to the throne of grace, to the great Comfortor, and Father to the fatherless. We have fond memories of sharing lunch together once, years ago, at a ministers conference in VA. May God be near to you all in the coming months. We love you!

Nevin & Charlotte Good
Fortuna, Missouri

I never knew Ed, but I feel I know you, Gina, through your blog. You have shown us how to walk a hard road with trust and courage. Your honesty and vulnerability have blessed us. I pray you find every needed grace in the coming days and years. God's peace be with you.

Gwen Herzler
Tahlequah, USA

Please remember Love Never Dies. I am saddened by your loss. He will always smile upon you and make your days a little brighter. I did not know him but when I looked at the picture I knew right away he was a great man! Kevin Williams told me about both of you.

Aloha Trotter
Aurora, CO

Our sympathies to you all!

Twila (Showalter) Knicely
Dayton, VA

Praying for you and your children in this time of grief and loss. May the God of all comfort be very near to you. I hope I get to meet you sometime!

Susan Hoover
Waynesboro , Pennsylvania

Dear Gina and children, I have followed your family's journey with Ed's cancer thru your postings on HomeJoys ever since Ed was diagnosed. I have prayed for all of you; wept with you. Now I am offering you my condolences at Ed's death, and congratulations to Ed for his place in the home where there is no more sorrow or pain. Bless you all! Bea Eichmann

Bea Eichmann
Conway, AR

Gina, I read your blog. I've been praying for you and your family, and I will continue to do so. I'm so sorry for your loss but happy for your loved one to be safe in the arms of our Lord.

Sharon Clements
Ada, OK

Dear Gina, our sympathies to you in this time of grieving and loss. I am a friend of Deana Nell Oberholtzer and have been following your blog, and enjoying some of your recipes and ideas with my 9 yr old, since sometime in 2018. My mother also suffered from GBM; Esther Breneman, from Strickler’s Mennonite, passed on to glory in Feb. of this year. Tim and Janice King, Julianna - 9, Mason - 7, Miah - 5

Tim and Janice King
McVeytown, PA

I am a regular reader of your blog through The Amish Cook page. I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol Phillips
Kingston, TN

I have followed your blog for awhile now. I feel like I knew Ed and his family. I have a friend who laid her only son to rest almost 3 years ago and is still trying to deal with it. His was not an unexpected death either and she was his caregiver for the last 3 years of his life. You have my deepest heartfelt condolences..may God continue to be with your family

Sonya Yoder
Tyler, TX

I am so sorry for your loss. He is now in peace and I'm sure Ed will be in your hearts forever.

Susan Marino
Boothwyn, PA

I am so sorry for your loss. Your deep faith will help you to cope. The love of family and friends will will always help.

Virginia Anderton
Merrickville, Ontario, Canada

My heartfelt condolences to you and your children. Although we have never met I have been praying for you and following your story on the Amish365 website. Praise the Lord he is no longer suffering and is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I will continue to pray as you grieve the loss of your husband and father of your children . God Bless you and your family. Sincerely Kathy Williams.

Kathy Williams
Hampden, Massachusetts

May God comfort you and give you strength moment by moment. Been following your blog for a few years and just want to encourage you to keep on.

Leah Escoto
Lott, TX

You've been in our prayers and thoughts and offer you our sincere sympathy in the loss of your companion and father of your children. May God give strength and courage in the days of grief and sorrow as you adjust to a "new" normal.

Dan & Esther Mae Wadel
Chambersburg , PA

Our hearts ache for you. May the Lord strengthen you.

Thelma Martin
Memphis, MO

So sorry to learn of Eds passing. Peace to his memory, and many prayers to the fami!y. Barb Wright

Barb Wright
Port Allegany, PA

I am so sorry for your loss.

Mary Fischer
House Springs, Missouri

I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

Jenny Lanteigne
Navasota, TX

My most humble condolences to the family. The battle is over. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthian 5:8 This is the desire of a true man of God.

Cynthia Stephens
Franklin, Va

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