Martha Carr

November 30, -0001 - February 10, 2009

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Martha Elizabeth Demmerle Carr – loving wife, new mother, dear friend and daughter and beloved Covington teacher. Marty Carr (28) of Anderson Township passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 10. Her life was one of joy, happiness, friends, family and faith. She is survived by her loving husband, Sean, and their newborn daughter, Lily Ann. A gifted and caring educator, Marty was loved by all at John G. Carlisle Elementary School in Covington where she taught third grade and served on many committees. Her students and their futures were her shining lights. Marty was a 1998 graduate of Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell and 2002 graduate of the University of Dayton. She also held two masters degrees in education. Marty was a tireless volunteer for many charities, especially for Crossroads Church which was so important to her. Along with Sean, she traveled to Africa for Crossroad’s outreach program and locally mentored children needing guidance and love. They also spent time in the summers as counselors at Paul Newman’s camp for children with life-threatening illnesses. She gave so much to so many and never asked for anything in return. Along with Sean and her beloved baby Lily, she is survived by her grandfather Dan Demmerle of Fort Thomas and parents Margot Cameron of Little Rock, Arkansas and Dan and Jan Demmerle of Anderson Township. Also surviving are brothers Cameron, Grady and Ben and sister Katie, all of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Marty was deeply loved by Sean’s family, Mick and Kathy McHugh of Wyoming, and by her sisters-in-law and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and countless friends. Her presence touched so many and she will be missed by them all. Her last gifts were Lily and then as organ donor, helping many she did not even know. Just like Marty. Visitation is at Crossroads Church, 3500 Madison Road, Oakley, from 10 – 1 Saturday, February 14, with a memorial service to follow. The burial service will be limited to members of Marty’s family. Memorials may be directed to the Lily Ann Carr Fund c/o Strauss & Troy Attorneys, 150 East Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Hodapp Funeral Home, Carthage, serving the family.


Johnny - Jul 4, 2022
I know this is multiple years late; however, Mrs. Carr was my 3rd grade teacher and she was wonderful. I say this as a 23 year old now but, looking back on my memories she was always there to answer any questions I had (and there were many, I was a very inquisitive child). She's still in my thoughts as I grow and change, and that is magical. She had such an impact on my life as a child and even now as an adult. Many thoughts and love to Sean and Little Lily, although I'm sure she's not so little anymore.
Marion Kahn - Apr 30, 2009

Dear All,

I just learned of Marty’s passing. She was an incredible person with a 1000 watt smile. To say that I’m saddened does not begin to convey my feelings. I will carry you all in my prayers, especially little Lily. May you feel surrounded and lifted by the prayers of all who loved Marty.

Marion K.

Suellen and David Snyder - Apr 6, 2009

Dear Margot, We just heard the sad news about your daughter, Marty! We heard so many wonderful things about her from you…we never met her, but we knew how proud you were of her! We look forward to meeting her in the resurrection…what a wonderful time that will be…for her to see her family once again…and her little daughter, Lily! When I look at Marty’s picture in the paper, I see you Margot. We miss you and wanted you to know that our prayers are with you and your family!

ellen f. terry - Feb 25, 2009

dear margot, so sorry to hear of your loss.

Amy May and Family - Feb 21, 2009

Janice and family, My deepest sympathy for your loss of Marty. As I read what a special person she was I realize what our world has lost with her passing. But my faith tells me that heaven has just been granted one amazing angle. Her memory and work will continue through all of you. Sean and Lily you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers and may God be with you. All My Love Amy Good May and family.

Deanna Petkun - Feb 17, 2009

I attend Crossroads, and first met Marty when she was in my 2007 Go Group to Mamelodi. She always had a smile on her face and tried to make all of us laugh. I will never forget in the hotel when she would always wear the baseball cap with a photo on the front of her and Sean at their wedding. She will be deeply missed. I hope Lily turns out to be as spunky as her!

Suzanne & Bill Schrock - Feb 17, 2009

Dan, Our thoughts and prayers our with you and your family during this difficult time.

Mary Joe Ruttle - Feb 17, 2009

To Sean and family, Michael and I did not have the opportunity to know Marty very well but we do know that she was an integral part of the McHugh family and for that we are grateful. She was so loved and will be so missed. What a beautiful legacy she has left behind…..her daughter Lily…not to mention all the countless volunteer hours done out of love for mankind. We know your pain….we lost our oldest son just a little over a year ago and we pray that you will honor her memory and all the good that she has done. May God bless you all….you are in our thoughts and prayers. xoxo Mary Joe and Mike Ruttle

Pamela Taylor Baughman - Feb 16, 2009

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry to learn of your loss.

Most sincerely,
Pamela Taylor Baughman

Remmel Dickinson - Feb 16, 2009

Sincere condolences to Margot Cameron on the loss of your beautiful daughter. You are in my prayers together with her husband and infant daughter. I know that your care as a mother and nurse was a blessing for both of you.
Heartfelt sympathy from
Rem Dickinson

Diane Britenburg Lee - Feb 16, 2009

Margot and Dan,
I know Marty will always be a shining spirit that will warm your heart as you remember the joy that was her. Know that you both are loved and held fast in the thoughts and prayers of us all. Although I never met Sean, please let him know how much we care. Always. diane

Tracy Young - Feb 15, 2009

Please accept my very deepest sympathy for your loss of your daughter, wife, and mother.

Jennifer Hemmer Dunaway - Feb 15, 2009

Sean: My heart breaks for you and your family. Marty’s life is truly a celebration of Christ’s unselfish love. You are all in our prayers.

The Dunaway Family

Jennifer Donnellan - Feb 15, 2009

My deepest sympathy to Sean, Lily Ann and all in Martha’s immediate family and extended family. I cared for Martha at Good Sam when she was on the Seventh Floor. I was honored to care for Marty and Lily Ann, and I shall never forget her. My prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Marie Fuehner - Feb 14, 2009

Words always fail at times like this. you and your wife are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in God’s love and ultimate wisdom.
Marie Fuehner

Vickie - Feb 14, 2009

My heart just broke when I saw Marty’s picture with her obituary in the paper. I took care of Marty in the CCU at Good Sam after she delivered Lily. My thoughts and prayers are with Marty, Lily, Sean, and their friends and family. Lily truely is a gift from God and a sign of Marty’s unselfish love.

Debbie Wagner - Feb 14, 2009

Dan: I am so sorry for your loss! I wish there was more I can say but at a time like this there isn’t other than I am truly sorry for your loss!! May she rest in peace in be with God and allow him to hold her close now!
Debbie Wagner

Jennifer (Grothouse) Lammlein - Feb 14, 2009

I graduated with Marty from the University of Dayton. I also am an education major so Marty and I shared many classes together. I will always remember Marty’s beautiful smile and the way she could just make you laugh. Marty was a wonderful person and I am positive that she has made a difference in many people’s lives. Marty will be greatly missed but I am sure her legend of kindness will be carried on. God Bless!!

Joshua Bishop - Feb 14, 2009


I graduated with Marty from Beechwood High School as well as the University of Dayton. I would like her husband & family to know that she was one of the kindest people I have ever known & the room always lit up when she was there.

Joshua Bishop

John Rauch - Feb 14, 2009

We were very sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family. Sincerely, John and Maureen Rauch

Rochelle Duncan and Sons - Feb 14, 2009

Our deepest symapthy are with you and your family. May GOD bless and keep you.

Jane Anne Smith - Feb 14, 2009

We remember so well when the Demerles lived across the street from us in Little Rock. Marty and Hannah were good friends, and we loved the energy, vitality and general love of life that just exuded from Marty! She was a gift to all who knew her. We are so sad for those left behind and will keep all of you in our prayers.
Doug and Jane Anne Smith

Amanda J Cox - Feb 14, 2009

Marty was so incredible and will so greatly missed. Sean and Lily, you will remain in our hearts and prayers. We love you.

Amanda, Alex and Jonah

Mary Ellen Seery - Feb 14, 2009

Dear Carr and Demmerle families,

We, at the University of Dayton, are so saddened to hear of the death of Marty.

I was Marty’s professor in her sophomore and senior years, and so, got to know her well during her growth as an education professional. And, what growth it was! Her spirit and commitment were always above and beyond what was required. Her work with children was beautiful!

I can tell that she was also a beautiful wife, mother, sister and daughter to both families, friend and member of all of her communities.

Her blog to Lily is a gift to Lily, Sean and her families, and to all of us who have read it.

Mary Ellen Seery
Retired, University of Dayton
Early Childhood Program

Steve & Keri Eckhart - Feb 13, 2009

Sean & Family,

We are sorry for your loss. May God be with you all during this time of grief. May he give your courage and strength to make it through these hard times ahead. And Sean, if you need anything, we are always here for you.

The Eckhardt’s

Leonard Duncan and Family - Feb 13, 2009

Keep your eyes toward the hills from which your help, strength, and comfort come. That which you need and seek, will come from the LORD. He will never leave or forsake you and your family in this most trying time. GOD bless you and yours….forever in our prayers

Donna Allen-Murray - Feb 13, 2009

I didn’t know Martha at all. A co-worker of mine Heather Kohus sent me a email yesterday telling me that someone who she went on a trip to Africa with in 2007 had passed. I viewed the website with pictures of her husband and child and was very heartbroken. Even though I never met or heard of Martha until yesterday I can feel her spirit and can tell that she was much loved and an awesome person. I can not know how you feel but I do know that heaven is rejoices t get now have Martha as a angel to sing praises

God Bless you all and I will continue to keep your entire family in my prayers.

Angela Joyce - Feb 13, 2009

I took care of Martha at Mercy Anderson Hospital for a short time. I could tell that she was a very caring and loving person. After reading about all the great things that she did in her life I know that she was a really special person and a proud new mom. I’m deeply sorry for your loss.

Mike & Debbie Klein and family - Feb 13, 2009

Our deepest sympathy is with your family. What a sad tragic lost.
Just know that this loving teacher is in heaven teaching the children up there now. We pray that her little girl will grow up knowing what a wonderful Mommy she has.

God Bless.

sue - Feb 13, 2009

my sympathies and condolences to the family. Heaven is brighter with Marty home. sending my prayers for all who were touched by the life of this young woman. God bless. sue

Julia Cartwright - Feb 13, 2009

I read about this special woman on a site called Wish Upon a Hero.

Marty appears to have been a true hero to the many people whose lives she touched. I am so very sorry for the loss of this amazing woman. May her spirit live on forever! My thoughts and prayers are with Marty’s family.



Babette Davis - Feb 13, 2009

Words can not describe our thoughts and feelings for the loss of Marty. She was an incredible person and teacher. As a teacher, she went beyond the classroom and touched the lives of each family she encountered. My son will never forget her and will miss her dearly. She had become a friend to our family and welcomed us into hers. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

Patricia Huston, LISW - Feb 13, 2009

I don’t know the family but felt compelled to send my condolences. I am a mother, grandmother and social worker. I can’t imagine your pain but know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. In sympathy, Patricia Huston, Licensed Independent Social Worker.

Sarah Wice - Feb 12, 2009

Marty was a wonderful woman. Her energy, smile and compassion were contagious to those around her. I am very fortunate to have met Marty and I will take with me the memories of her laughter and kind heart.

Michael Hoffstedder - Feb 12, 2009

My deepest condolences to Marty’s many friends and family members. She was a good friend and a wonderful person that will be missed be all.

Valerie Taylor - Feb 12, 2009

My deepest sympathies to you. Words can not describe.
Please know that you and your daughter are in my prayers.

Liz Kaeser - Feb 12, 2009

Dear Sean and Lily, Although we never met Marty, we feel like we knew her through Kelsey and Brad. We were praying for little Lily and enjoyed the updates we recieved frequently for Kelsey. Brad spoke so often of the 2 of you ( Sean and Marty ). Marty truly touched Brad, our son’s life. We will keep lifting you up in prayer.
the Kaeser Family

Larry Neuman - Feb 12, 2009

To the Family of Marty:

What a beautiful write up! Many of us believe that we are put on this earth to help perfect the world, to make it a better place for others. Marty certainly did that through her teaching and religious and charitable activities and the love and caring she extended to family and friends. She has given the ultimate gift, the gift of life, not only to Lily, but to many others, whom she will not know. It is my prayer that her daughter will live a long life of happiness and peacefulness and that her donees will live a life worthy of Marty’s great gift to them. May her memory always be for a blessing.

Larry and Carol

Elizabeth Mason - Feb 12, 2009

Dan and Family, Words can’t express how sorry I am that you’ve lost such a beautiful, loving daughter. God is holding her in the palm of his hand. Lily is Marty’s lasting gift of joy.


Greg Klein - Feb 12, 2009

Please accept the heartfelt
condolences and prayers of the entire Klein family. May God bless
all of you during this most difficult time.

Julie (Harris) Schultz - Feb 12, 2009

I am so extremely saddened by this tragic loss. Marty was in my education classes at Dayton. She was such a kind person and full of life. She always had such a beautiful smile on her face. Although, I have not seen her since graduation, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Please know that I will always remember her and the way she can light up a room. May God Bless you. You will continue to remain in my prayers.

Fabiano Aguilar - Feb 12, 2009

Dear Cam and family,
I do not have the right words to be able to express my condolences in such a sad occasion.

I just wanted to say that on behalf of Agentrics and my family, we all share your pain and are extremely sad for Martha’s passing.

We wish you lots of strength and peace while facing this heartbreaking moment.

Best regards,

Fabiano Aguilar

Cherie Buhler - Feb 12, 2009

Marty will be missed dearly! I am very sorry to hear about her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carrie Wilson & Justin Nellett - Feb 12, 2009

Our deepest sympathies go out to you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Carrie & Justin
(The Johnson’s next door neighbors).

Jim Britenburg - Feb 12, 2009

Dan, I just received word of your daughter’s death from Roger. I am of course quite shocked to hear of the news. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Please express our sympathy to your dad, Jan, Margot and others. I will be in touch soon. Please take care.
Sincerely, Jim and Elyse Britenburg

Trisha Deck - Feb 12, 2009

My sincere sympathies go out to you. We have all suffered a great loss, but are better people for having known Marty. I feel fortunate that we got to work together in South Africa and will never forget her smile and enthusiasm. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sara Zembrodt - Feb 12, 2009

We are so sorry to lose Marty. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean, Lily, and the family.

Daisy Molina - Feb 12, 2009

My heart goes out to you, Dan and the family. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Daisy

JoAnn Zerhusen - Feb 12, 2009

Marty went to high school with my daughter, Elizabeth. She was always a ball of energy and well liked by all of the girls. She will be missed by the girls from high school. Hang on to that “new life” to get you all through this.

Beth Strategier Supple - Feb 12, 2009

I went to school with Cam and Marty. Both were great kids. I’ll always remember Marty, full of spunk, bouncing down the hallway between classes. I’d like to share my deepest sympathy with her family.

Karen Stegeman - Feb 12, 2009


What an incredibly huge loss for you and your family. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.


Dustin Mundey - Feb 12, 2009

Sean, Lily and Family-

I feel so blessed to have known Marty. She was such a wonderful woman and brought so many smiles to so many faces. I know she is in heaven now and will be watching over you all forever. Please know that if you need anything I am here for you and my thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.


Dustin Mundey

Melissa Thompson Broxterman - Feb 12, 2009

I worked with Marty at Delshire. Marty and I had classrooms right next to each other where we both taught first grade. We were close in age so we hung out together and talked a lot. I loved Marty!!! She never had a bad thing to say about ANYBODY! Whenever I was having a hard time she would pick me up off my feet and invite me to places to take my mind off of things. She had the greatest fiery personality. She was so motivated in helping the most challenging students too. We had a lot of good times together. She came to my wedding and celebrated with me too. Unfortunately when she left Delshire a year or so later I lost touch with her. I got married and she taught in a new school. But I did not forget about her. Hearing this news was really hard for me. I really feel for your family and Lilly. Marty was such a great person and is most definitely in peace in heaven!

Becky Voight - Feb 12, 2009

My sympathies are with this family. I took care of Marty at Mercy Anderson for just a few hours. But in those few hours, I felt that she was a wonderful person. After reading her obituary, I knew she was. God Bless you all.

Evone - Feb 12, 2009

Much love and prayers to Marty’s family.

Judy Schulz - Feb 12, 2009

Words cannot express my deep sorrow for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Holly Greaves - Feb 12, 2009

To the family & friends of Marty:

I met Marty in a pre-natal water aerobics class. I did not know her outside of class or outside our group facebook page, but I took her for a very kind soul. She seemed so caring and sweet. She definitely left a heartfelt impression with us all, even those of us that barely knew her. I pray that you find the sort of peace that Marty now has.

May God bless Marty, her sweet newborn, her husband Sean and all that loved her so dearly.

– Holly Greaves

Patrick and Melissa Galbreath - Feb 12, 2009

Dear Sean and Lily, we are keeping Marty and you both in our prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Bonny Kees - Feb 12, 2009

Marty was a wonderful example of her loving savior Jesus Christ. We knew Marty best in her high school years and were blessed by her energy and love of life!
Our prayers are with Sean and Lily and all of her extended family. May Gods peace embrace you! George and Bonny Kees & family

Cameron Carey - Feb 11, 2009
The Arnold Family - Feb 11, 2009

Marty will be greatly missed. She has truly touched so many lives. She will be the teacher our daughter Jessica will never forget. Jessica and Marty were a special pair. Marty was an angel on Earth, and now will be our guardian angel from Heaven. God Bless little Lilly. May she grow to continue her mother’s legacy.

Our deepest sympathies to Sean and Lilly during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you always.

With love,
Sandy, Clyde, Jessica and Austin

Jeremy Swillinger - Feb 11, 2009

My condolences to all of Marty’s family! She was a wonderful person and made many people very happy!

Chandra Welte - Feb 11, 2009

I worked with Marty during the 2007-08 school at J.G. Carlisle. She was a wonderful teacher and colleague. The children loved Marty just as much as she loved them. She was truly dedicated to her students and their futures. Marty will be missed by all the lives she has touched.

May God Bless the family and help them through this difficult time.

Shauna Adams - Feb 11, 2009

Please accept my sincere sympathies. Marty was one of my Early Childhood Students at the University of Dayton. I remember her fondly as an enthusiastic student and caring and creative teacher. She will be missed.
Shauna Adams

Peggy Hale - Feb 11, 2009

“To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord…” We rejoice that Marty is standing in the presence of God…and yet we grieve for your loss. You and your new daughter will be in our constant prayers.
In His Love,
Rick & Peggy Hale

Jennifer Mills - Feb 11, 2009

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to the entire family. Marty was such a spunky person and had a special spirit and no one was ever the same after meeting her. Marty left each of you a percious gift in Lily, who seems to have her mommys same spunk and spirit. I’m not at all surprised that Marty was an organ donor, she was always so giving. God Bless and God Keep Marty…Party with an M.

Margaret Green - Feb 11, 2009

Sean and Lily,
You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Marty”s laughter and smile will be greatly missed at John G. Carlisle.