Martha M. Underwood


CLINTON — Martha M. Underwood, 76, of Clinton, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on January 28, 2019, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A celebration of life service will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the Woodlawn Church of God, 720 E. Woodlawn Street, Clinton, with Rev. Jeff DeLaughter officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, assisted the family with cremation rites.

Memorials may be directed to girls’ athletics at the Clinton High School.

Martha was born on November 11, 1942, in Clinton, the daughter of Wilbur and Florence (Black) Neal. She married Joseph Underwood on November 27, 1960, in Clinton.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph Underwood, Clinton; children, Marty Underwood, Plano, Texas; Mindy Underwood, Normal, Ill.; Marlin Underwood, Clinton; Martina (Raymond) Toohill, Wapella; step-daughter, Pam Allsopp, Normal, Ill.; grandchildren, Maranda Underwood; Haley Toohill; Ashley Toohill; Elizabeth Williams; Daniel Taylor, II; great grandchildren, Brylee Summers-Toohill; Tomias Underwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Neal; sister, Betty Terry; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Williams.

Martha worked with her parents for many years at Neal’s Bakery, which was famous for their nut and cinnamon rolls, and also worked at the Clinton High School for 20 years. 

She taught Sunday School at the First Christian Church, Clinton, to the 5-year-old children for 25 years. A 25-year member of the Clinton Khory League, Martha started as a coach and rose to President in 1971. 

Also, she was a member of Tops weight group for 25 years. She was an active member in the school band and athletic club, volunteering at the Apple and Pork Festival for the Band Boosters, and chaperoning for band trips. She also volunteered at the Clinton YMCA, helping with the swim team. 

Martha loved BINGO, taking trips with the Kenney Travel, playing games with family, and especially watching her children and grandchildren’s sports and band activities.