Monday, February 09, 2015
Martha Wiley Emmett, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 7 in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 87.
Born in Rochester, N.Y. on June 6, 1927, to the Rev. John and Evelyn Wiley, she had an older brother John (Rusty) and younger sister, Elizabeth who predeceased her.
She proudly traced her family lineage back to the Winslow and Folger Pilgrim families. A graduate of San Diego High School and Colby-Sawyer College, she also received a Masters degree from Sarah Lawrence College.
She had a varied career. She was a factory riveter and Red Cross driver in World War II, a United Airlines flight attendant, and a newspaper editor/reporter in Westport, where she raised her family.
She maintained and imparted a lifelong love of books and reading to all the members of her family, an insatiable curiosity for human nature, a sharp wit and a unique irreverence, her family said.
She was a poet, novelist and, in her later years, psychotherapist.
She was cared for by her son, Paul and daughter-in-law, Geri of Palm Beach and the Carmelite Sisters at Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence during her later years.
She is also survived by her husband for more than 60 years, Jay Emmett of Palm Beach, the former president of Warner Communications, Inc. her grandchildren, Heather, Jason, Alex, Douglas, Erik and Katherine, her great-grandsons, Raiden and Reilly and a newborn great-great-grandson, Rockland, as well as many nieces and nephews.