Martha Downing Hillegas thumbnail

Martha Downing Hillegas

September 18, 1944 - April 4, 2021

On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, Martha D. Hillegas, 76, loving mother and sister, died at home in Williamsburg, VA, with her family by her side.

Martha was born in Panama City, Panama, while her father, an engineer, was working on the canal. After several years in Panama, her family relocated to Norfolk, VA, where Martha grew up and  graduated from Granby High School. Martha’s love of cars and racing began in her teens when she drag raced along with the boys at the old airport in Norfolk, and continued into adulthood when she spent many weekends watching NASCAR on television. Martha retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard as head of the contracting department. She was an active member of the Church of the Advent and served on the Vestry and as a member of the Altar Guild.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Kathleen Downing. Martha will be sadly missed by her children, David (Donna) and Jason (Diane). She will also be fondly remembered by her grandchild, Zachary, her former daughter-in-law, Lois, her sister Sue (Billie Jim), and her extended family.

A service will be held to celebrate Martha’s life on Sunday, April 18, at the Church of the Advent in Norfolk at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Martha’s name to the Church of the Advent Memorial Fund (9629 Norfolk Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503).

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm

The Episcopal Church of the Advent
9629 Norfolk Ave
Norfolk, Virginia 23503
(757) 587-0125

Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Martha by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Leave a Condolence

View All Condolences Post a Condolence

What our families say...

In my opinion, there is no better facility in Virginia than Altmeyer Funeral Homes. Not only was Chris Sisler there to hold my hand every step of the way, his family members were holding the door on the day of the funeral to help and encourage me. I will never forget their grace. He led me and my family through the process as a personal friend and neighbor, and as the ultimate professional.


A Session ID is required to purchase jewelry with your loved one's fingerprint, click here to continue. If you do not have an ID, click here to contact us to get your Session ID.