In Memoriam 2017
Memorial tributes to Bethany members who died in 2016 and before may be viewed here.
January 5, 2017: Funeral Service for H. Rilla Martin
H. Rilla (Putnam) Martin, 91, beloved mother of Richard E. Martin, a deacon at Bethany Baptist Church and grandmother of his four children, died peacefully Friday afternoon, December 30, 2016 in Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The memorial service was held at Bethany Baptist Church, 72 Ryan St., Gardner, at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017, with former Bethany pastor Daniel R. Meiners presiding.
Rilla was the director-teacher of Bethany Christian Nursery School (BCNS) from 1968 until her retirement in 1987. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church of Gardner and was active there for many years in Senior Choir; director of its Children Choir, teacher and superintendent of its Sunday School and a teacher in its Vacation Bible Schools. She served with Child Evangelism Fellowship of Worcester County, teaching Good News Clubs and Summer 5-Day Clubs. Rilla also worked with Boy Scouts of America as a former Cub Scout Den Leader. You may view the full obituary here.