Martha H. Bright

1926 - 2020

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Martha Helen (Marty) Bright, on October 6, 2020 slipped the surly bonds of earth to bask in the glory of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Weary and worn from the toils and labor of life, she now rests contentedly in the bosom of God. Born at home in Findlay, Ohio to William S. and Clara Drua Bish on July 19, 1926, she had a sister, Cathryn who predeceased her. Known to those close to her as Marty, she graduated from Findlay High School in 1944 and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 1949. Marty's first job was as an "elevator girl"at the Niles building whilst she was in high school. After graduation from Bowling Green she worked for several years at the First National Bank. She found her true calling however, when the late Judge, Paul D. Beach left the bench and opened his private law practice. For the next 50 years Marty managed the law offices of first Paul Beach and then his successor, Steve Christopher. It is a testament to her personality that she established and maintained lifelong relationships with many of their clients. On October 21, 1949 Marty married the love of her life, Robert D. (Bob) Bright and he predeceased her on October 7, 2005. Not blessed with children of their own, Bob and Marty mentored many young people over the years, helping them find their way in life personally and professionally. Most especially, they established close ties with David and Bill Beach during their childhood and later, Steve Christopher, becoming their surrogate parents. Marty became an integral part of the Beach and Christopher families. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Charles Bright and his wife, Sally, with whom she worked side by side for many years at the Beach and Christopher Law Offices. Also surviving her is a sister-in-law Janet Kohli and her husband Edward as well as many nieces and nephews. Marty was beloved by her neighbors, all of whom doted on her and looked after her in her later years. Marty was possessed of a special intellect and a way of dealing with others that drew people to her and made them want to please her. She used this extraordinary gift to motivate others to be better people and become more than they might otherwise have been. She will be sorely missed by her neighbors and surrogate family. Over the last few months of her life, Mary needed help for daily living. Her long time friend, Louann Sterling and the ladies from Right At Home and Interim Health Care all became part of Marty's family. Special thanks to Tiffany, Rachel, Caitlyn, Jodie and Ali who cared for her so faithfully and who all came to love her like so many others over the course of her life. Marty loved nature. In her last years she would spend her days looking out of her kitchen window watching the birds and other animals come to her feeders and to Eagle Creek .She enjoyed her "kitties", stray cats that she fed and adopted. Marty and Bob loved to travel. She had been very active in his World War Two Navy veterans group and the ladies alumni association at Bowling Green State University. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Doc Philips Nature Center or the Hancock County Humane Society. Visitation was held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. She was laid to rest on Friday, October 9, 2020 in Bishop Cemetery next to her beloved husband Robert after services in her memory held at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, October 8th 2020 4:00-7:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, October 9th 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Bishop Cemetery [Map]

    Eagle Township, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    Doc Phillips Nature Center


    Hancock County Humane Society


  • Instructions:

Condolences For Martha H. Bright

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To : Dave and Bobbi Beach
Date :Wednesday, October 7th 2020
From : Tom and Kathy Taylor
So sorry for your loss. Thank you for your faithful kindness and care throughout the years, giving Marty a beloved place in your family. Throughout the years and final months of her life, you were there to care for her, advocate for her, and with your meals and daily ministrations, your love was shown. She will leave an empty spot in your life. God bless you both, and Marty.

To : BeachChristopher
Date :Wednesday, October 7th 2020
From : Linda Petersen Mason
I had the pleasure of working with Marty and she was such a wonderful, thoughtful and caring person. I had the utmost respect for her and learned so much from her. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

To : The Beach Family
Date :Wednesday, October 7th 2020
From : The Brown Family
We thank you all for taking such good care of Marty all these years. She was such a sweetheart and is now back with Bob. Prayers for all.

Jody, Steve, Chase, Cam and Jordan

To : Dave Bobbi Beach
Date :Wednesday, October 7th 2020
From : Frank Becky Van Dresser
We were so sorry to have received the news of Marty’s passing. We realize your relationship with Bob & Marty was more like a close Aunt & Uncle than a neighbor. Becky & I also enjoyed getting to know Marty as she attended many of our family gatherings at your home over the years. All of the time your family spent with Bob & Marty was a blessing. In the last couple of years Marty was especially blessed with not only your presence & assistance but with sincere concern and kindness that permeated your relationship with her. You were very fortunate to have each other. Although you will certainly miss the daily visits that took place over the last couple of years, rest assured she is at peace and in a better place.

To : The Beach and Christopher Families
Date :Thursday, October 8th 2020
From : Lori Swope
We are especially grateful that your families were so devoted to our dear Aunt Marty. She has many beloved nieces, nephews and brother and sister in laws who will miss her. My mother was one of her best friends, as was my late aunt Doris. We have very fond memories of family gatherings and laughter. One of my favorite pictures of her is from Thanksgiving 2018, standing with mom. And what do we see in the picture? Her handy disposable camera hanging off of her wrist! Oh, dear Aunt, now you can rest in peace! ♡♡

To : Family and Friends of Aunt Marty
Date :Thursday, October 8th 2020
From : Katie Pontius
We will so miss our Aunt Marty, but thankful she can now rest. She was loved by everyone, particularly her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Sally and Charlie Bright. I'll never forget her sense of humor and quick wit. Condolences to all her family and friends.

To : The Brights Barchents and Kohli families
Date :Thursday, October 8th 2020
From : Jody Brickner
My condolences too all of you for your loss. I know that Marty was a special person in your family and will miss seeing her at Aunt Sally and Uncle Charlie's
gatherings. I would occasionally see her at Dietsch's also.

To : Beach and Christopher Families
Date :Thursday, October 8th 2020
From : Steve Walker and Walker Family
I came to know Marty when I was hired by Judge Beach to do his legal research and write his briefs in 1979. I had known of Marty and Bob for years through my parents, Judge and Liz Walker. After starting to work for Paul, I came to know Marty better. She always had a smile and was among the nicest people I have ever known. I don’t think it was a big secret that Marty was a significant part of Paul’s success as she was frequently the face of the practice. I left Findlay and Paul’s office after a year and did not see much of Marty, but my memories of that year are warmly remembered.

To : Friends and Family of Marty
Date :Thursday, October 8th 2020
From : Karen Elliott
Having had the opportunity to spend several years in the Beach law office, I know the positive impact that Marty had on the office management and client relationships. Patient, humble, caring, and positive . . . organized, knowledgeable, efficient, and gently in-charge. Rest in God's peace, Marty; and condolences to those who knew her best.

To : The family of Marty Bright
Date :Thursday, October 8th 2020
From : Margaret Cook
Love and caring thoughts to the Bright family in the loss of their Sister-in-law and loving Aunt.