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Norma Jeanne Martin, age 94, Joplin, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at the Communities of Wildwood Ranch where she was a resident for the past three years. Prior to this she lived at her home in Joplin on Pearl hill (often referred to as the "Gingerbread House").
Mrs. Martin was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Joplin, and was a lifetime resident. She was the oldest of nine children (Leon, Gerald, Wayne, Johnny, Mary, Lois, Audrey, and Carroll) born to Herman Sill and Mattie Bloyed Sill.
After graduation from Carl Junction High School, she married John A. Martin on June 19, 1941, in Joplin.
She enjoyed music, and often sang at church in a trio with her sisters Lois and Mary, and with the church choir. She was also a member of Sweet Adeline's.
Mrs. Martin loved children. A lifelong member of Central City Christian Church, she taught Sunday school for the 5th and 6th graders for 42 years, and was the Vacation Bible School director for most of that time. She also worked with her sister, Mary, at Oakland Little Prep School.
She was very active in her children's schools, and helped with many school functions. After they left home, she worked at Howsmon's Office Supply.
After her husband of 49 years passed away, she married Harold Matthews in 1992. They were married 24 years when he passed away in 2015.
She is survived by her children: Dr. J. Larry Martin and wife Penny, of Joplin, Jeanne Rouse and husband, Dr. David Rouse, of Granville, Ohio; brother, Carroll Sill and wife, Jayne, of Carl Junction; sister, Audrey Halmrast and husband, Lester, of Centralia, Mo.; five grandchildren, Jamie Smith and husband, Alan, of Joplin, Jenny Hopkins and husband, Tony, of Ozark, Mo., John Rouse and wife, Shelly, of Westerville, Ohio, Aaron Rouse and wife, Lisa, of Worthington, Ohio, Seth Rouse and wife, Tasha, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; six great-grandchildren, Caleb Smith, Marin and Linden Hopkins, Ella and Marie Rouse, Adriana and (one on the way, baby girl) Rouse, all of whom she was very proud; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff of Communities of Wildwood Ranch for the wonderful care they gave to Norma Jeanne, and also the staff of Three Rivers Hospice.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. at Central City Christian Church, 7th and Central City, with Pastor Johnie Adkins officiating. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.
The family request that memorial contributions be made to Central City Christian Church.
Published on February 8, 2018
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