from CCDC chair Dick Bingham:
I am sorry to report that Martha Smith passed away on Tuesday, October 29 at the age of 91. By all accounts, Martha was a cornerstone of the Democratic Party in Chester County, as we know it today. I reached out to several who knew her well. Their reflections:
Jim Salvas: “Martha was in charge at CCDC for years as a determined and dedicated keeper of our headquarters office. It was thanks to Martha’s friendship with Vivian Lasko that we originally secured a low cost lease to our office and, eventually, the relationship, which paved the way for our purchase of the building.”
Stephanie McLimans: “Martha served as an Officer in the Democratic Women’s Club of Chester County and the State Club. She worked to raise money and success for both, so that the Clubs could donate funds and give exposure to women candidates. Martha was a lovely dear lady who devoted countless hours to our Chester County Democratic Party.”
Marty Goch: “We Democrats in Westtown had the good fortune to come to know Martha because she was THE Westtown Democrat who was here before any of us. She not only gave us wise advice over the years, but she regaled us with stories of her experiences with Democrats, famous and otherwise, characters all. And, she was always kind. We will miss her.”
As I searched for the most appropriate way to express the impact Martha had on all of us, I came upon this Dolly Parton quote:
“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
Martha was clearly an excellent leader. Her legacy endures. The Democratic Party is growing stronger every day. Thanks to Martha’s guiding hand over her long involvement with us, our county will soon be blue, an unimaginable prospect when she first began. We walk in her footsteps.
An obituary and service arrangements can be found here.
See more in Michael P. Rellahan, “Martha Smith, longtime Chester County Democratic leader, dies at 91,” Daily Local News, 11/1/19.