January 21, 2010

(4/23/1917 - 1/12/2010)

Mary R. Martin, 92, of Memphis, Missouri passed away, January 12, 2010, at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

The daughter of Ogilvie Russell and Catherine (Stephan) Parrish she was born on April 23, 1917 in Knox County, Missouri.

In 1960 she married Forrest W. Martin in Keosauqua, Iowa and to this union one son was born.

Mary received her education in Knox County school system. She was an avid reader and journal writer with beautiful penmanship.

During her time of employment she worked for several places including Wells Lamont and Edina Manufacturing Company in Edina, Missouri, NE Bell Telephone Company of Quincy, Illinois and the Scotland County Nursing Home in Memphis, Missouri. She also cared for elderly persons in her home for several years. Up until the last few years she planted and maintained a large garden and took great pride in her ability to cook and prepare meals for her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Donivan G. and Noble A. Parrish; one stepdaughter, Nina Atwater; a step grandson, Thomas Wade Atwater; a step great-grandson, Kegan Floyd Hunt; two nephews, Jerry and James Leslie Parrish; a great-nephew, Allen Parrish and a great-niece, Twila Parrish.

She is survived by her husband, Forrest Martin of Memphis, Missouri; their son Russell (Brenda) Martin of Fort Dodge, Iowa; one step-daughter, Virginia Hunt of Memphis, Missouri; grandchildren, Wade, Jena and Emily Martin of Fort Dodge, Iowa; step grandchildren, Rick(Tonya) Hunt, Greg (Breann) Hunt, Chris (Andrea) Hunt, Jim (Charlene) Atwater, Sheila Atwater and Martin Atwater; several step great- grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mable Parrish of Kirksville, MO; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a lot of friends.

Mary was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and it showed in her caring and compassion she had for the people she worked with and her many friends and family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorials are suggested to the family for their discretion and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

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