Martha Kay Crews Ater, 72, of Concord, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 30, 2017. She was born on December 14, 1944, in Concord, the daughter of Eugene and Kathern Stroud Crews. She was baptized in August of 1958.  Kay married Francis Ater on January 27, 1963, at the Concord Christian Church, and he survives.

Kay is also survived by four children, Karla (Jerry) McCowan of Harrisburg, Missouri, Monica (Brian) Allen of Ft. Madison, Iowa, Amanda (Joe) Foege of St. Charles, and Joshua (Britney) Ater of Springfield; six grandchildren, Thad, Lacey, Kody, Levi, Logan, and Benny, and one great-grandson, Camden.  In addition, Kay is survived by siblings Larry (Dottie) Crews of New Berlin, Kim (Mike) Schone of Arenzville, and Randy (Diane) Crews of Jacksonville.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Jim Ater, one grandson, Jim Farris Ater, and one brother, Danny Crews.

Kay was devoted to her church, her husband, her family, her grandchildren, her friends, and her community.  She and her husband fostered over 200 young people for 26 years when living in Missouri.  They worked together side-by-side in all they did.  Kay loved raising flowers of all kinds, gardening and canning fruits and vegetables, and mowing with her zero-turn mower.  She also loved animals of all kinds.  She is leaving a big bloodhound, Ellie, Pekingese, Rudy, and her adorable poodle, Lizzie.  She wasn’t very big, but she was mighty.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Concord Christian Church in Concord, with burial at Concord Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospitals for Children, Children’s Foundation through Bright Horizons, or the I-MO Christian Service Camp, as she loved children!  Condolences may be left online at