When Martha Faye Parker was born on 31 May 1941, in Georgia, United States, her father, John William Parker, was 23 and her mother, Edna Earl Wren, was 24. She married Thomas Jerry Barron on 16 January 1963, in Haralson, Georgia, United States. She died on 21 August 1996, in her hometown, at the age of 55, and was buried in Carroll, Georgia, United States.
New Testament name, of Aramaic rather than Hebrew origin, meaning ‘lady’. It was borne by the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany (John 11:1). According to Luke 10:38, when Jesus visited the house of Mary and Martha, Mary sat at his feet, listening to him, while Martha ‘was cumbered about much serving’, so that she complained to Jesus, ‘Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?’ For this reason, the name Martha has always been associated with hard domestic work, as opposed to the contemplative life.