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The Zella-Ray Martin Fund

$5,605 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 7 months
Created October 9, 2018
Though we are devastated by the sudden loss of our granddaughter and niece, Zella-Ray Amani Martin, we continue to take great comfort in and strength from the outpouring of love and prayers from our dear family, friends, and even those we’ve never met who have been touched by hearing her story. 

Zella-Ray loved horses and some of our last pictures of her are riding a pony with her father proudly at her side at the Topsfield Fair. Her favorite song was “Ba-Ba Black Sheep.” She was just starting to talk in full sentences, potty-training, and reciting her ABCs. She loved her four cousins (and they her) and though several were quite a bit older, they had a hard time keeping up with her! She was so sweet but was also enjoying expressing her bossy side with them; if their attention turned away from her, she could be heard yelling “hey guys!” as she chased after them.

For Easter, Zella-Ray, her baby brother Bellamy, and her four cousins Jaxon, Lilly, Gryphon, and Lincoln (her best friend) all presented their Memere and Pepere Martin with baby chicks, and she loved to run around and play with them and her cousins these past months as the chicks grew into chickens. 

Zella-Ray left us much too soon, but we were blessed to know her here on this earth for 2 years, 2 months, 2 days, and we will cherish the memories we have of her until we meet her again in Heaven.

She will not be forgotten!

We are also committed to ensure Zella-Ray’s baby brother, Bellamy, grows up knowing how much his big sister loved him and that Bellamy has a long, safe life full of love and laughter. 

We thank all of you for your continued support and prayers during this time which is heartbreaking beyond words. Thank you for the calls, texts, visits, flowers, and food too! 

We are constantly asked what people can do and how they can help. On behalf of our son/brother and grandson/nephew, we ask that in lieu of flowers you make a donation to this fund in Zella-Ray’s name if you are so led. All funds will be used for funeral and ongoing legal expenses, with any remainder put into an account reserved for her baby brother, Bellamy. 

Please feel free to follow this page for updates in the coming weeks and months. 

With heavy but grateful hearts,

The Martin Family

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As we continue to grieve our grand-daughter/niece, Zella-Ray, we are continuously uplifted by so many of you who are reaching out to us, praying for and with us, and donating in so many ways. You have no idea how much a simple “thinking of you” or a hug means because we know there are no words. Still, we need your love and prayers more than ever, so please keep them coming, and when you see any of us, we’d welcome a simple hug!

While even WE wait for many answers, there are several things we know for sure that we want to share with you all, and it is all happy news!

—As many of you know, Zella’s baby brother has been in the full-time care of his father (our son/brother) since that night, so Baby Bellamy has been with all of us. He is sleeping well, happy, alert, playful, and curious. We are all committed to ensuring Kyle keeps full custody of Bellamy and will be in court on Nov 6 to extend the current arrangement. We would greatly appreciate your prayers on that day.

—Thanks to so many of you, we recently hit our half-way mark for this campaign! We are so grateful for all of your contributions in so many ways! While we are still raising money to help with the funeral and on-going legal expenses, we completely understand that isn’t feasible for many. We appreciate everything everyone is doing (even sharing this post goes a long way, so please do so!), and we are in the process of sending personal thank you’s to everyone.

—While we can’t say too much about this right now, please know that a bill in Zella-Ray’s name is very much in the works. We hope to say more about that soon; for now, please know we are committed to ensuring she’s never forgotten and her loss to us will, we pray, mean another family doesn’t ever have to endure this.

With so much love & gratitude,
The Martin Family
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$5,605 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 7 months
Created October 9, 2018
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