Life Story / Obituary
Amogene Davidson Martin transitioned to her heavenly home while sleeping peacefully on December 22, 2021. She was 80 years old. Born a joyous day in Oxford, Mississippi on September 22, 1941, to the late Hattielean and Jutson Davidson, Amogene was the oldest of two daughters.
Amogene attended the Oxford Training School before the high schools in Oxford were integrated. Prior to her illness, she enjoyed returning home to attend the Training School’s annual high school reunions which still continue today.
On December 28, 1958, Amogene married her high school sweetheart, Apollos Martin, in Oxford, Mississippi and remained by his side until her death. To this marriage one child, Tina Vezec Martin, was born.
In 1959 Amogene and Apollos joined many African Americans in the Great Migration, by journeying from Mississippi to Racine, Wisconsin to find better jobs. For 30 years she worked at the Southern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled located in Union Grove, Wisconsin. Amogene’s job can best be described as God’s work since she cared for children who were physically and mentally challenged. She saw the importance of caring for those who could not help themselves. Each day Amogene traveled to work even through Wisconsin’s treacherous winters. When the weather was extremely bad, she always persuaded Apollos to take her to work.
Driven by their strong work ethic Amogene and Apollos joined together to take on and succeed at achieving a major goal for African Americans when they built a home on the Michigan lakefront in 1966. For many years, their home was a happy gathering place for family social events.
Without question Amogene was devoted to her family. She loved traveling to visit her younger sister Stella and other relatives. As a loving grandmother, she always looked forward to spending time on the phone with her granddaughters Jasmine and Sierra Collier to find out and offer advice on the latest events in their lives. Appreciating the importance of education, Amogene also took great pride in helping her daughter Tina become the first member of their immediate family to attend and graduate from college.
While we celebrate Amogene’s entrance to God’s celestial family we know she will be sorely missed. In addition to her husband, Apollos Martin, left to cherish her memory are a daughter Tina Martin of Detroit, Michigan; a sister Stella Walker (John) of Jackson, Mississippi; two granddaughters, Jasmine Collier of Detroit, Michigan, and Sierra Collier of Detroit, Michigan; two great grandchildren, Raheem Campbell of Detroit, Michigan, and Ahmod Campbell of Detroit, Michigan; and a host of loving nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special nieces Rosie Greer, to whom heartfelt thanks are given for assisting the family in understanding and obtaining the full scope of services needed for Amogene’s last care and Theareatha Hattix who provided necessary support to the family.
Amogene Davidson Martin, a truly phenomenal woman will be missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Although her physical presence on this earth has ended, we celebrate her rewarding life and the legacy of love she left for us all.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a Service Celebrating Amogene's Life to start at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. To view the service online, visit Amogene's page on the funeral home website, www.meredithfuneralhome.com, select visitation/services and then Live Stream.