Martha Sias Makin, 89
Martha Sias Makin, a resident of Wilton for over fifty years, passed away peacefully in Houston, Texas on August 17th. She was 89 years old. Martha Marshall Leitch was born March 7, 1923 at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, to career Army officer William Branch Leitch and his wife Evelyn Snead Marshall. As an Army brat, she moved with her family numerous times during her childhood, living throughout the continental United States and Hawaii Territory, and graduating from high school in Newton, Massachusetts.
After completing two years of college in Louisville, Kentucky, Martha left school due to WWII and joined the work force. Martha was living in Louisville in the 1950s and working for the Seagram Company when she met Arthur Sias, the brother of a close friend who was visiting from New York. The couple was married in New York in 1955, and in 1958 moved to Highview Drive in Wilton, where they raised two children and built a manufacturing business, Sias Decal, Inc.
A devoted wife and mother, Martha not only raised her children and played a key role in growing the family business, but also found time to be involved in a wide range of community activities, including St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, the PTA, the Wilton YMCA, the Wilton Garden Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
After Arthur died in 1975, Martha ran the family business successfully for several years at its headquarters on Danbury Road. In 1979, Martha married Vincent Makin, then the President of Matthey Bishop, Inc., to whom she was wed for twenty-eight years. For most of their marriage, the couple lived in Wilton and Stuart, Florida, and traveled extensively. They maintained a wide circle of friends in Wilton, including at the Silver Spring Country Club, where Martha was a long time member. Following Vincent Makin's death in late 2007, Martha spent the remainder of her life in Houston, Texas, living close to her daughter and several of her grandchildren.
Martha is survived by her son, Lang Sias, of Colorado, and her daughter, Samantha Barber, of Texas, and eight grandchildren. The funeral took place in Houston on September 8th. A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Wilton, at 1:00 p.m. on October 13, 2012, preceded by a private interment to be attended by family only.