LARNED – Martha Maxine Martin, 98, passed away August 28, 2019 at Diversicare, Larned.
Born August 12, 1921 to Thomas Benton and Erma Konita Searcy Salmans on their farm; most of her childhood and teen years were spent on the farm.
She attended Zook Consolidated School from grades first through twelfth and was quite active in 4-H. At eighteen she was Pawnee County Health Champion and was awarded a trip to the American Royal in Kansas City as a 4-H delegate. She was very proud of this award and met her future husband at the Pawnee County 4-H fair that year.
Later, she worked at the Larned High School as the superintendent’s secretary from 1950-1956. In 1956 she went to work at Larned State Hospital as a reimbursement officer until her retirement in 1985. She was a member of Eastern Star, and served as Worthy Matron in 1978. She was active in her pursuit of her family genealogy and was a member, and one time secretary, of the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was a member of the Episcopal Church, Larned, and served a number of years as church treasurer.
On August 27, 1941 she married George Earl Martin at Iuka. He preceded her in death on March 12, 1972.
Survived by a son, Robert “Bob” (Janet) Martin, Prairie Village; six grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and close friend, Dolores Wren.
Preceded in death by; her parents; husband; two sons, George Dennis Martin, Thomas Leslie Martin; three brothers, Lawrence Salmans, Kenneth Salmans, Robert (Bob) Salmans; four sisters, Lois Ellis, Helen Vratil, Clara Thorpe, Dorothy Mead-Schmidt.
Funeral service 1 p.m. Saturday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned with Father Mark Cowell presiding. Visitation 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Beckwith Mortuary, Larned. Interment in Larned Cemetery, Larned.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Larned EMS or Pawnee County Humane Society in care of Beckwith Mortuary, PO Box 477, Larned, KS 67550. Personal Condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 29, 2019