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Mary Ellen Alford Martin




AAFA #1052

1946 TX – 2014 TX


Mary Martin Obituary

Photo from Forest Lawn Funeral Home




Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX—Wednesday, 30 April 2014


            Mary Ellen Martin (Alford) died suddenly April 26, 2014 after a valiant life-long struggle with MS.

            She was born in Beaumont, TX on October 11, 1946 to Jack and Kathryn Alford. She graduated from South Park High School in May 1965.

            She married Gerald L. Martin on May 30, 1969, becoming a Navy wife for 8 years before returning to Beaumont. All together, they enjoyed nearly 45 wonderful years. In that time the Lord blessed them with two beautiful daughters and 12 grandchildren.

            She worked for 10 years in the Gray Campus career center of Judson High School in San Antonio and was active as the Youth Department Director at Parkhills Baptist when the girls were young. She was, by the grace of God, born again at the age of 16 at South Park Baptist in Beaumont and discipled by the great-aunt of her husband-to-be, known as Auntie Bo.

            She leaves behind her faithful husband Gerald, daughters Sheila Ryan and her husband Paul, of San Antonio. Kimberly Crook and her husband Bill of Orlando, FL. A brother, Alan Alford and wife Carol of Baytown, Tx. and her father Jack D. Alford of Beaumont, 12 grandchildren and many friends.

            She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathryn Alford.

            Memorial services were held at Churchill Baptist Church in San Antonio at 2 PM on Tuesday. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

Photo from Forest Park Memorial Park, Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX—

Permission granted by the photographer, Mary Casey


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            We included the obituaries of her parents, Jack DeLaye Alford (AAFA #0543) and Julia Kathryn Plake Alford, in Texas Obituaries.

            Her lineage: Mary Ellen 1946 TX1, Jack DeLaye 1922 TX2, Jasper Newell 1882 TN3, Nelson Ellis 1854 TN4, John William 1825 TN5, George Washington 1794 VA6, John 1760 VA7, William 1738 VA8, John 1696 ??9.