Marybeth Martin, a Department of Justice Civil Rights attorney and longtime resident of Falls Church, died on June 9, 2018, several days after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. She also had Parkinson’s Disease.
Ms. Martin was born and reared in Decatur, Georgia, and graduated from Randolph-Macon Womens College in Lynchburg, VA. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, DC, and lived in Washington and Falls Church, VA, for the rest of her life. She worked on Capitol Hill briefly before beginning her life’s work at the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.
She worked as a paralegal in the Employment Litigation Section before leaving to attend law school. After graduating from Antioch School of Law, she served one year as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James A. Belson of the District of Columbia Superior Court. She then returned as an attorney and Honors Graduate to the Employment Litigation Section, where she remained for 25 years, until retiring as Deputy Chief of the Section in 2003.
At the Employment Litigation Section, she was a proven leader in affirmative civil rights enforcement with nationwide expertise in combating workplace discrimination. She was an integral part of the Employment Litigation Section’s Title VII enforcement initiatives and programs, specifically recognized for her outstanding achievements in opening employment opportunities for women in non-traditional jobs. Because of Marybeth’s tireless efforts in litigating cases in federal courts around the country, she opened opportunities for women to obtain jobs as firefighters and policewomen. Working closely with senior trial attorneys and other Employment Litigation Section managers and supervisors, she was consistently afforded the section’s highest accolades for professional achievement.
She moved to Falls Church in 1983 and was very involved in her Broadmont neighborhood and in the greater Falls Church community. Her son attended public school in the city of Falls Church, and she and her husband were very active during those years in the school sports programs. She was a long-time member of two book clubs whose members she was devoted to, and she never heard of a book club she didn’t want to join. She volunteered as an English as a Second Language teacher in Falls Church after her retirement until her Parkinson’s Disease made that impossible. She was an active member of Christ Crossman United Methodist Church in Falls Church for 35 years. She was very involved in the many opportunities for Parkinson’s Disease patients offered in Northern Virginia by the Parkinson Foundation, including weekly group meetings and two dance classes each week.
She had a wonderful life: she married the love of her life, had a loving family and many dear and devoted friends. She never met a stranger; she served as a positive role model and inspiration, and she generously shared her wisdom, love, and humor with everyone she met. Even when her Parkinson’s Disease greatly limited her mobility, she remained characteristically upbeat and optimistic about the future. She said that when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, she decided that she would fight it every step of the way and not go easily. She did that, and more.
Survivors include her son, Matthew Martin Rose of Springfield, VA; a brother, Joe Martin (Evelyn) of Augusta, GA; a nephew, John David Martin of McDonough, GA; three stepsons, William R. Rose, IV (Connie), of Culpeper; John L. Rose (Evelyn) of Dubai, U.A.E.; Thomas R. Rose (Patti) of Traverse City, MI; nine step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, William R. Rose III; her stepson, Joseph Rose; and her step-granddaughter, Aurelia Rose.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 at Advent Funeral Home, 7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Christ Crossman United Methodist Church, 384 N Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046. Interment will immediately follow at Columbia Gardens Cemetary, 3411 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Ms. Martin to the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area.