The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 8, 2014

Martha DeMasters

JOPLIN, Mo. — Martha Maxine DeMasters, 73, of Joplin, Mo., departed this life on Sunday evening, Jan. 5, 2014, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, after a brief illness.

Martha entered this life on Jan. 13, 1940, in Monett, Mo., born to the union of the late Wilburn and Juanita (Marbut) Edwards. She was raised in the Monett, Mo. area.

On May 27, 1977, in Miami, Okla., she was united in marriage to David W. DeMasters and together they shared the last 36 years. Throughout her life she was a devoted homemaker to her husband and family. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling to Branson with her husband and spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren. Martha was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Nadine, Bernie and Marilyn.

Martha is survived by her husband, David DeMasters, of the home; four daughters, Carol Edge, of Joplin, Sherry Warner and husband, Mark, of Joplin, Debbie McGinnis, of Joplin, and Kelly Ethridge and husband, Ray, of Neosho; a son, Darren Simpson, of Joplin; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, David Marbut, of Galena, Kan.; as well as a host of other family and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday evening, Jan. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin. Burial will be at a later date in the Caulton Cemetery near Pleasant Ridge, Mo.

Online 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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