Monday, June 4, 2012

Evelyn Anita (Barlow) Martin 1918-2005

Evelyn Anita Martin, daughter of the late David and Isabel (Wilhelm) Barlow, was born September 25, 1918 in Crocker, Missouri where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1936. At the age of 14, Evelyn accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized in the Tavern Creek near Crocker, Missouri.

In 1945, Evelyn was united in marriage to Noel M. Martin in the First Baptist Church of Waynesville, Missouri. They shared over 37 years of marriage together and raised five children: Harold, James, Brenda, Patricia and Judith. Noel preceded Evelyn in death on March 1, 1982.

Evelyn was a very active woman. She attended the First Baptist Church of Waynesville where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years and was involved in the Women's Missionary Union. She attended faithfully until her health started failing. She was also a member of the Harmony Home D.A.V., American Legion, the Hospital Auxiliary and the Missouri Extension.

In her free time, Evelyn enjoyed putting jigsaw puzzles together and reading. Most importantly, she loved her children and grandchildren and treasured the times they could spend together. Mother's Day and birthdays were always a special time because all the family was together.

Evelyn went home to be with her Lord at 3:45 A.M. Friday, January 7, 2005 in the Sunset Village of the Ozarks of St. Robert, Missouri at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 13 days.

Evelyn will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by two sons: Harold Martin and James Martin, and his wife, Dell all of Waynesville, MO; three daughters: Judy Brown and her husband, Benny of Crocker, MO, Brenda Rice and her husband, Gary of Dixon, MO and Patricia Stankiewicz and her husband, Bob of Arlington Heights, IL; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by two brothers: Bus and James Barlow and one sister: Margie Ratke.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 11, 2005 in the First Baptist Church of Waynesville, Missouri with Dr. Dennis Crowder officiating. Friend of the family, John Relyea read a beautiful poem for the family. Soloist Becky Lercher sang "In The Garden", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "God Will Take Care of You". Serving as escorts were Mike Abney, Darin Brown, Landis Brown, Troy Brown, Nathan Martin, Travis Martin and Shaun Stewart.

Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Evelyn Martin and may be left at Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

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