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Geraldine Martin, 94 year old Woodward resident, died Monday, December 5, 2016 in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Billings Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Lutheran Cemetery, north of Selman.

Agnes Geraldine (Appleton) Martin was born November 21, 1922 to William John and Agnes Myrtle (Rea) Appleton in a dugout north of Selman, Oklahoma. She attended country school at Roosevelt, north of Selman during her younger years and later the Selman Public Schools. Geraldine belonged to the 4H Club in grade school and high school.

Geraldine joined the Christian Church at the age of ten in Selman. On August 5, 1940 she and George Walter Martin were married at the Christian Church parsonage in Buffalo, Oklahoma. They made their home on a farm northeast of Selman. To this union, three children were born, George Louis, Lois Elaine and a baby boy who died a few hours after birth. In 1943 the family moved to Denver, Colorado and in 1945 they moved back to a farm north of Selman and continued farming for 18 years. Geraldine worked for Cowden Jean Factory for three years in Woodward. In 1959, the family moved in to Selman, where she was head cook at the school and her family was custodians of the school where she worked for 6 ½ years. She organized the Merry Workers Demonstration Club in 1947 and was a member until 1960. In January of 1964 they moved to Woodward to help open the Colonial Manor Nursing Home where she was Assistant Manager. They worked seven years there and then she and her husband worked for the Fruit of the Loom Factory for a year. They went to work for the Woodward Public Schools for 22 years before retiring.

Geraldine was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Buffalo and she was also a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Woodward. In 1993, she joined the Hospital Auxiliary and worked two days a week and Geraldine enjoyed that very much. She also worked for the American Red Cross one day a week for two years. She loved being with her children and grandchildren and families and her many friends. Her hobby was working in the yard and flowers. Geraldine and George also loved to travel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant son, three brothers, three sisters, and a daughter-in-law, Lavona Martin. She leaves a son George Louis Martin of Meade, Kansas; one daughter, Lois Elaine Weaver and husband James of Woodward; five grandchildren: Gary Martin of Solomon, Kansas, Marc Martin and wife Stacia of Beloit, Kansas, Sherri Janell Smith and husband Lon of Wichita, Kansas, John Eric Martin and wife Stacy of St. Petersburg, Florida, Pastor Jeff Weaver and wife Miranda of Neiderhausen, Germany; ten great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Iva Appleton; numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly and many friends.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on December 9, 2016
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