OBITUARY: Martha Jo Van Hoven


Martha Jo Van Hoven, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the age of 84, surrounded by her family.

Martha Jo Van Hoven was born in Lyles, TN on June 21, 1939, to the late Paul Jones Connelly and Sarah Joyce Anderson Connelly.

Martha is preceded in death by her parents; Paul and Sarah Connelly, Grandson, Rowan Frensley; Nephew, Victor Connelly; niece, Renee Connelly.

She is survived by Husband of 55 years, David Van Hoven; Children, Peter (Kelly) Van Hoven, Jana (Art) Frensley: Grandchildren, Carson Van Hoven, Catherine Van Hoven, And Hudson Frensley; Siblings, Edwin (Carol) Connelly, Ronald Connelly, Jeanette (Gary) Stevens; Nieces and Nephews, Jeanine, Christy, Paige, and David.

Martha was a train hostess in Jacksonville, FL and that is where she met her husband David, she was also a Realtor for over 40+ years, a member of Madison Church of Christ. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she was feisty, had a dry sense of humor, loved the church, a great mentor, especially to her daughter, better known as the mother/daughter duo. Martha was very creative and loved art, painting, reading, and birds.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 12:00-2:00 pm, with services at 2:00 pm. Burial will be private.

The family asks in lieu of flowers donations made to: Court Appointed Special Advocate (children) Wilson County CASA 111 Castle Heights Ave Lebanon, TN 37087 Or St. Jude Children Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.


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