Martha M. Underwood 76 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:20 PM January 28, 2019 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.


A gathering to celebrate Martha’s life will be 2 – 5 PM, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Woodlawn Church of God, Clinton, IL with Rev. Jeff DeLaughter officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.


Memorials may be directed to Girl’s Athletics at the Clinton High School.


Martha was born November 11, 1942 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Wilbur and Florence (Black) Neal. She married Joseph Underwood, November 27, 1960 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include her husband, Joseph Underwood, Clinton, IL; children, Marty Underwood, Plano, TX; Mindy Underwood, Normal, IL; Marlin Underwood, Clinton, IL; Martina (Raymond) Toohill, Wapella, IL; step-daughter, Pam Allsopp, Normal, IL; grandchildren, Maranda Underwood; Haley Toohill; Ashley Toohill; Elizabeth Williams; Daniel Taylor, II; great-grandchildren, Brylee Summers-Toohill; Tomias Underwood.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Neal; sister, Betty Terry; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Williams.


Martha worked with her parents for many years at Neal’s Bakery which was famous for their nut and cinnamon rolls, and also worked at the Clinton High School for 20 years.. She taught Sunday School at the First Christian Church, Clinton to the 5-year-old children for 25 years. A 25-year member of the Clinton Khory League, Martha started as a coach and rose to President in 1971. Also, she was a member of Tops Weight Group for 25 years. She was a very active member in the school band and athletic club, volunteering at the Apple and Pork Festival for the Band Boosters, and chaperoning for band trips. She also volunteered at the YMCA helping with the Swim Team.


Martha loved Bingo, taking trips with the Kenney Travel, playing games with family, and especially watching her children and grandchildren’s sports and band activities.


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