Martha Jo Rudd  July 31 1949

Martha Jo Rudd July 31 1949November 2 2022

July 31 1949 November 2 2022
Obituary Please share a memory of Martha to include in a keepsake book for family and friends. View Tribute Book Martha Jo Click Rudd was born in Richmond, Kentucky on July 31, 1949, to Harold Daniel Click and Faye Winkler Click of Waco, Kentucky. From a young age growing up on Kennedy Lane, Martha was notorious for getting into things — books, treehouses, theater, marching band, a lust for travel, and good trouble. She was deeply tied to her Kentucky roots and had a fierce love for family and home, but she was also a dreamer with an unquenchable curiosity, and she blazed trails in a time and place in which it was radical to do so. Martha Jo came of age in the 1960s and loved The Beatles, Carole King, Joan Baez, and Van Morrison. She was an Anglophile, a beauty queen and a Mensa member. She graduated from Madison Central High School in 1967, married a soldier and had a daughter in a foreign land, and later earned a Master’s Degree of English Literature at Eastern Kentucky University as a single mother, where she was also a Kappa Delta. She began her career at Fort Campbell, Ky., teaching high school equivalency English to young GIs during Vietnam. Married again and working for the U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, she traveled as an expatriate through Europe, sleeping beside fields of poppies in a red 1972 VW Bus and showing her daughter worlds Martha herself had only dreamed of in her treehouse with her books. After being widowed at only 34 years old, Martha picked up the pieces like a boss and moved her daughter and her dog Ginger to Virginia, where she lived for 38 years (and Ginger lived to a remarkable 17). Martha established a legendary public affairs career with the United States Army as an editor for the Accent and Pentagram newspapers and a PAO for Fort Belvoir, Va. At the Pentagon, she managed the prestigious Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) program and liaised with the Army Chaplain Corps as she processed casualties during and after 9-11, culminating her career there after 34 years of service to her country. Martha had a wicked sense of humor. She loved an irreverent joke and a good story, and she was an avid listener. She surrounded herself with interesting people and cared deeply for all of them. Martha’s pride and joy was her daughter. She and Ellyn saw many adventures in 53 years together. They fought some, loved hard, admired one another, and never wanted to let go. Martha Jo’s wit, wisdom, and generosity were her hallmarks. She was the cool mom, the upstart in the face of injustice, stubborn and headstrong, and determined to live life on her terms, as she wanted, to her last breath. Martha is preceded in death by her adoring husband, Ronald Gene Rudd; her beloved parents; and the wonderful aunts and uncles who filled our lives with love and delicious Southern dishes. She is survived by her daughter, Ellyn Kocher (Rob), who was loved beyond measure; her grandson Daniel Wilderman (Alex), who hung the moon and her grandchildren Chelsea and James Kocher, who delighted her and brought her great joy in the last 13 years of her life. She is also survived by her big brother, Daniel Click (Alma), and her little sister, Peggy Click (Larry McKinney), both of whom she deeply admired; and by her nephew Blain Click (Rebecca), and her niece Traci Bray (Rusty); her step-nephew Jonathan Taylor (Amanda); and many grand-nephews and nieces. She is also survived by many lifelong friends. She loved this family with all her heart. Life handed Martha a number of challenges, but nevertheless, she persisted. She would want you to know that about her. A service celebrating Martha’s life will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, November 11, 2022, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, 328 Main St., Richmond. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Martha’s honor to the Southern Poverty Law Center. And magnificently we will roll……….Into the Mystic… To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Martha, please visit our Tree Store.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Martha Jo Rudd July 31 1949 November 2 2022.

Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home

Death notice for the town of: Richmond, state: Kentucky

death notice Martha Jo Rudd July 31 1949 November 2 2022

obituary notice Martha Jo Rudd July 31 1949 November 2 2022

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