Martha Jo Katz – Marietta
Hello, my name is Roben Katz Turry, but you may know me because my mother is Martha Jo Katz. To this day, this is my introduction. No matter where I seem to be, be it across the world or at my local supermarket, I guarantee someone there knows my mom. As a child, I couldn’t help but resent this, as I strove to find my own path and cement my own identity. But now, in mid-age myself, I truly recognize how special my mom was and is. As a fashion model, she graced the insides of Vogue. As a salesperson, she set records at Saab, Swissotel, Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental. As a retiree, she hops from lunch to meeting and back, assisting those charities which are lucky enough to have her as a patron. Most importantly, however, she’s my mother.
From her South Georgia upbringing to her trailblazing career, each phase of my mom’s life has made her ever wiser. I trust her with every aspect of my life: from raising two sometimes feisty children, to my marriage. She bakes, crochets and cooks, and sometimes spoils my brother and I (but usually her grandchildren). My mother, Martha Jo Katz, deserves the Best Mother’s Day ever.
By Roben Katz Turry