Obituary: Bertha Mae Martin

Bertha Mae Martin, 85, died on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Newton Presbyterian Manor.

Bertha was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Hutchinson to Benjamin and Florence (Ward) Elliott. They preceded her in death. She married Charles E. Martin on July 3, 1949, in Hutchinson. He proceeded her in death on April 4, 2002.

She was raised in Hutchinson and attended schools there. Her first job was working at a soda fountain in downtown Hutchinson, where she met Charles for the first time. She was a school bus driver for the Obee and Buhler school districts for many years.

Charles and Bertha moved to Newton in 1985. She began volunteering at Newton Presbyterian Manor in 1987, continuing as a volunteer at the Manor in various roles for the next 26 years. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Newton.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Marsha Clark and husband Dale, North Newton, and Sondra VanArsdale and husband, Stew, Springfield, Mo.; granddaughter, Staci Penner and husband Corey, North Newton; grandson, Van VanArsdale, Springfield, Mo.; three great-grandchildren, Damon Clark and Laniese Charlene Penner, North Newton, and Audrey Mae Van Arsdale, Springfield, Mo.; one sister, Melva Lou Kloefkorn, Wichita; one sister-in-law, Alfreda Elliott, Wichita; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, and from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in newton. The family will be greeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at First Church of the Nazarene in Newton, with Rick Dages officiating.

Burial will be held at noon at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson.

Memorials have been established with the First Church of the Nazarene in Newton, in care of the funeral home at 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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