WHYTE, Martha A. (Hershel)

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Martha Ann Whyte of Williamsburg died on Christmas Day after a brief illness.

She was born in 1921 to Ward Hershel and Martha Jones in St. Louis, Mo.


Her family later moved to McAlester, Okla., where she grew up. She earned a bachelor's degree from the Oklahoma College for Women and a master's degree from Syracuse University.


While at Syracuse she met her future husband, James P. Whyte, whom she married in 1948. She began a career as a speech teacher while her husband practiced law. In 1957 the Whytes moved to Williamsburg and had lived here ever since.


Mrs. Whyte was an avid gardener and artist and was a regular for many years at the Occasion of the Arts in Colonial Williamsburg. She was a creative painter and many of her oil and watercolor works still hang in homes all throughout the Williamsburg area.


During the 1970s, she operated the Williamsburg Log Cabin on Richmond Road, and she also served on the WJC School Board and Health Board for many years. She also volunteered with the Community Hospital gift shop and Meals on Wheels. Her dedication to her community was second only to her dedication to her family.


She was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Whyte, and her son, Stuart Ward Whyte. She is survived by two sons, James and Scott and his wife, Ethel; her grandchildren, Scotty Whyte and Jamie Proctor; and step-grandchildren, Rhonda and Nicole Walls, and Shelly Taylor and her husband, Todd.