Helen "Ruth" Martin Obituary

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    In Loving Memory of

    Helen "Ruth" Martin

    Birth Date: Nov 8th, 1932 Death Date: Feb 29th, 2016
    Looking back we see clearly the ones who have left us. We see them as though they were still with us as shadows. Those who have been gone longer we see less clearly, soon they are no longer separate. They become part of an undividable whole. We see a stream that reaches back forever.

    -Ruth Martin

    Our family is celebrating the beginning of our Mother’s eternal life.

    She was born on November 8, 1932 in Dodge City, Kansas to Ernie D. and Marie Stauth Rogers. She has seven children: Shelli and husband Larry Carter, Pam and husband Dr. David Davis, Debbi and husband Ed Burdette, Matthew Martin and wife Kelly, Tim Martin and wife Diane, Joe Martin and wife Lori, Chris Martin and wife Kim. Ruth is also survived by her sister, Margie Lee Carlile; nieces Jan Yearout and Jill Howell; and nephew Ron Carlile.

    She is a proud grandmother of nineteen grandchildren and a proud great grandmother of twenty three great grandchildren.

    She started her college education at the age of forty seven earning a Master’s Degree in Sociology from North Texas State University, a Master’s Degree in Theology from University of Dallas and what may have been her proudest scholastic achievement her Master Gardner Certification at the age of eighty two, she changed the world by helping others to help themselves. When in need Mema was always there.

    What’s a Mema? A living Saint. A woman who prided herself in making the world a better place. She saw something positive in everyone. She had all the time in the world for family any day. Every morning started with ‘Rise and shine this is the day the Lord has made’. Mom always saw the light in everyone she met and chose to ignore the dark. She touched lives in ways we can only aspire to. Mom was very involved as a political activist and fought for women’s rights and equality.

    That’s a Mema


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