Martha  Roberts


Martha Gaynelle (Hendrix) Roberts, 83, of Pittsburg, KS, passed away at 8:58 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO.
She was born September 11, 1935, in Jonesboro, AR, the daughter of William Ethel and Gaynelle (Ballew) Hendrix. She graduated from high school in Jonesboro.
On March 25, 1955, she was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Jackson Roberts, in Jonesboro.
Martha was a housewife and mother to her children until they were in school, at which point she continued her education, earning her degree as a licensed practical nurse in Joplin. As an LPN, Martha worked in nursing homes, private practice physician's offices and Mt. Carmel Hospital.
She was a long-term volunteer with the Red Bud Trail Girl Scout Council, serving a a troop leader, board member and camp nurse. In recent years, membership was held in AARP, where she served as the local chapter president and also as a state volunteer. She was an active member of the Red Hat Society.
Martha is survived by her husband, Robert, who resides at the family home. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Mark Jackson Roberts, of Garfield, AR; and a daughter, Melody Elizabeth Ellis and her husband, James, of Wichita. Her grandchildren are Dr. Sandra Pearl Ellis, Katherine Gaynelle Roberts, Elizabeth Marie Roberts, William Jackson Roberts, Kyle Velasquez (Katie), Ellen Young (David), Anna Martin (Zach), Sharon Kuhn (Aaron), Charlene Patterson (Edward), Neal Velasquez and Noah Velasquez. She also has 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Laura Gaynelle Velasquez; and three brothers.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 8th, at the Brenner Mortuary, with Rev. Jim Sukraw officiating. Burial will follow at the Ft. Scott National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The family suggest memorials to the Bob Roberts Scholarship for Printing Management at Pittsburg State University. These may left at, or mailed to, Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
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Lynn Grant
Aug 08, 2019
I completely missed this. I am SO sorry. Martha was quite a lady! Smart, caring, empathetic, always stood up for what was right. I will miss her as will the many friends she has made in this community and beyond!
Aug 05, 2019
Mike and I were out of town when we heard the news. We are so sorry to hear of Martha's passing. She was a sweet lady and was especially good to me when I was working in the Printing Department at PSU. She will be missed! Our condolences to Bob and the family. You're in our thoughts and prayers!