Family and friends, we are gathered here to celebrate the life of Geeta Teresa Bernadette Jagdeo Martin, who was taken suddenly from this world. We come together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in our pain we may find comfort, and, in our sorrow we may find hope.
Geeta is survived by her husband of 50 years, Anthony Woodrow Martin, whom she loved unconditionally, and her three children, Dean, Janos and Nadira Martin. She was the grandmother of Lewis and Landon Martin, and mother-in-law to Amy Martin and Katie Martin. She is also survived by her siblings, Maria Gomes, Mary Ferreira, Elizabeth Sherrill, Philip, Lynette, Richard and Catherina Jagdeo. May we find comfort and peace in the many happy moments shared together.
Geeta was born in 1951 in Georgetown, Guyana to the late Harold and Bhagwanti Jagdeo. She was a beautiful, intelligent young woman who loved to play the piano, sew bridal gowns, and travel. She was also a competent cook. She migrated to the United States in the late l 960's. She lived in New York before moving to North Carolina in 1968.
She worked at Iredell Memorial Hospital for decades scheduling surgeries. Then Geeta moved to Charlotte to run one of the restaurants owned by her husband. She worked hard with her son, Janos, to tum a profit. Two years ago, Geeta had found a way to generate income on a digital platform and prided herself in finally being able to see a way forward. She had become quite efficient in digital technology. She often spoke of vacation time with her son, Dean, and his family. Although life had been difficult, she had some happy times over the last three years with them, especially making friends with Becky and her husband, Ray, and Amy's Dad, Papa, while vacationing at various beach houses. On her last trip with them, she visited Disney World - she was excited and talked about it often. Although busy, Dean & Amy took time to spend with Geeta, who also enjoyed quality time with Landon, her grandson. She always looked forward to these moments. Over the years, she enjoyed making cakes with Katie. She worried about Janos and Nadira. Before she died, she spent time with Katie, Janos and Nadira. After running errands one day in October, they all had lunch together - I think that was the last time they shared a meal together. She visited me in New York over the years, and we ensured she had fun. Her last visit was in November 2018. She enjoyed visiting the city, dining and going to the opera. Geeta also enjoyed high tea in New York with us and her daughter, Nadira. It was one of her passions. Most recently, when she visited, she helped me to sew dolls clothing for my grand daughters and fix a pair of curtains that needed adjusting. Although she had limited funds, she always sent pretty dresses and hair accessories for my grand daughters, the latest in November - headbands and necklaces. During her latter years, Geeta lived a lonely life and had a difficult time taking care of herself, including looking after her own health. I had noticed that she had become extremely thin, and I wondered for how long I would have her company. I encouraged her to go to the doctor but she said her loss in weight was because she was not eating adequately. About six weeks ago she called to say that she wasn't feeling well and she didn't think she would make it through to the end of the year. I asked her why. She said she felt unwell, her feet were swollen, her body was aching. I urged her to go to the doctor. She eventually did but it was a little too late. I'm sure you'll agree that Geeta has gone much too early and I only wish that we, her loved ones, could have been more supportive to help her through these difficult and stressful times. I will miss our frequent conversations but I will also treasure those memories that we shared. I pray that now she's in a better place, free from all the earthly stressors. Now she is in the company of the angels, my parents and our late brother, Joey and all of our loved ones in Heaven. If you asked me, I would say from all of our discussions over the past few years, my sister, Geeta, died of a broken heart.
Now we will listen to a song Geeta and our sister, Maria, used to play on the piano, singing together -Ave Maria - it was one of her favorites ...
CONCLUDING PRAYER- THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Greeta Was Cremated at the Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center Privately!
She will be missed by her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends who we where fortunate enough to spend time with her over the years.
Thank you for all for your thoughts and prayers!