Born: St. Louis, Missouri.
Martha was the daughter of James Thomas Pettus and Mary A. Hoefflin.
She was educated at Abbott’s College Institute and Eberhard’s Conservatory of Music.
She was a member of the Alumnae Association of Woman’s Law Class of New York University; the Ladies’ Christian Union; Woman’s Auxiliary Army and Navy Society; the Auxiliary of George Jr. Republic; the Baptist Home, Foreign and City Missionary Societies; and the Sabbath Alliance.
She contributed poems and historical sketches to magazines and the religious press.
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