The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 3, 2013

Rose Alyene Martin


Rose Alyene Martin, 97, of Joplin, Mo., died on Good Friday, March 29, 2013, at her home after a recent decline in health.

Rose Alyene, the daughter of William R. Martin Sr. and Louise (Cook) Martin, was born on July 17, 1915, in Joplin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, William R. Martin Jr., MD, John R. Martin and James G. Martin.

Rose Alyene is survived by her devoted nieces, Cindy Karraker and husband, Bob, of Joplin, Sandy Jones and husband, Brian, also of Joplin, Pamela Ann Hackley and husband, William E., of Hemet, Calif., and Lynda Ann Emmenegger and husband, Frederick J., of Sunnyvale, Calif.; her nephew, William R. Martin III and wife, Linda, of Mountain View, Calif.; 11 great-nieces and nephews, 14 great-great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-great-nephews. She is also lovingly remembered by Kim Schlegel, Michael Jean Ohde and Chris Cutrer and their families.

Rose Alyene will always be remembered by those who knew her as a remarkable lady with an independent spirit and a generous soul who enhanced the lives of everyone she touched. Throughout her career and during all phases of her life, she provided love, guidance and support to her family, friends and co-workers.

Education was important to Rose Alyene. She never stopped learning. She graduated from Joplin Catholic Schools and later went on to receive a degree from the Hillcrest Medical Center School for Medical Record Librarians in 1961; certification from the American Association of Medical Record Librarians as a Registered Record Librarian in 1961; certification from Wittenberg University for Management Development for Hospital Supervisors in 1962; an Associate in Arts degree from the Junior College District of Jasper County, Mo. in 1965; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Southern State College in 1970.

Rose Alyene was always ahead of the times and a role model for modern women. At a time when most women didn't work outside the home or have a career, Rose Alyene did more than simply work at a job. Not content to be just employed, she embraced each position with a fierce determination to excel at whatever was required of her with a "never fail" approach to any task assigned her. During her first job with the Joplin Health Department, she acquired nursing skills that later helped her manage and participate in her brother Bill's medical practice in California, where she also assisted him at home in caring for his children after their mother was diagnosed with polio. After leaving the Health Department and prior to working with her brother in California, Rose Alyene was employed in the travel industry in Florida and the Bahamas. After her time in California, she returned to Joplin in the 1950s to provide care for her aging parents. From that time on she worked in the medical records departments of both St. John's Hospital and Freeman Hospital. She became the first registered medical librarian in Joplin, and managed the medical records department at Freeman Hospital for many years where she was instrumental in establishing their Quality Assurance Program and was their first quality assurance director. After she retired from Freeman Hospital she continued consulting at various hospitals and nursing homes in the 4-state area until she was well into her 70s.

In addition to pursuing her education and career, Rose Alyene was for many years an active member of several local and national organizations. She was a past member of the American Association of Medical Record Librarians; AAUW; St. Peter's Alter Society; Theater Group; the Joplin Historical Society; the Red Hat Society; and the Joplin Little Theater Angel Guild.

In accordance with her wishes, Rose Alyene died with dignity in her home, the house which she purchased at the age of 87. She was surrounded by loving family members and was supported by an extraordinarily loving and compassionate team of devoted care providers including Dawna, Annie, Peggy, Diane and Janet as well as by the nurses and staff of St. John's Hospice. She was a blessing to all who knew her and we are grateful for her life.

A Rosary service and visitation will be held on Thursday, April 4, at Thornhill Dillon Mortuary at 6 p.m. The funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 8th and Pearl, Joplin, on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. with Father J. Friedel officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Webb City, Mo. Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers are Bill Braeckel, Bill Martin, Brian Jones, John Karraker, Michael Karraker and Steve Fite. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Duke, Bob Karraker, Eric Karraker and Fred Emmenegger.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions to Lafayette House or St. John's Hospice.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin.

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