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     Martha Louise Gordon, age 88, of Lamar, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Truman Healthcare Center.

     Martha was born May 22, 1923, near Sheldon, Missouri, one of the nine children of Marion and Minnie (Duggins) George.  She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers including a stillborn infant, Les, Ray and Sam George; and four sisters, Velma Garwood, Margaret Lightner, Ellen Bowker, and Ruth Holland; and a granddaughter, Sheila (Gordon) Mayfield.

     On February 15, 1941, at Bronaugh, Missouri, Martha married Willis Gordon and to this union six children were born.  After moving to Lamar in 1973, Martha worked at several retail businesses including Lilly's, Snoopers, Walmart, Hites, and Marti's.  Many will remember her for the cooking skills she brought to Barton County Memorial Hospital, Phoebe's Nursing Home, McCune Brooks Hospital and Lamar Country Club.  She also owned and operated the Downtown Cafe in Jasper, renowned for her homemade pies.  Martha enjoyed quilting and was a charter member of the "George Sisters Club."  She was baptized in the Jasper Baptist Church and was a longtime active member of Lamar Christian Church.  Martha was a devoted mother, a hard worker, and a true friend to many.

     Survivors include four sons and their wives, Jerry & Lura Gordon, Jasper, Gary & Patricia Gordon, Carthage, Bob & Peggy Gordon and Ron & Soni Gordon, all of Claremore, Oklahoma; two daughters, Janet Gordon and Betty Dennis, both of Lamar; a sister-in-law, Lucille George, Iola, Kansas; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and a large extended family.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 14th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time.  Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Truman Healthcare Center Alzheimer's Unit.


#11 Lamar Mo.Joe and Vickie Whyman 2012-02-24 15:49
So sorry to hear about your mom she was a great lady.
#10 Jasper, MoBob & Ann Bays 2012-02-22 09:55
So sorry for your loss - Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. P
#9 Bella Vista, ARFran & Daniel Gordon 2012-02-18 05:36
I know I have been away from this family for a long time. The best years of my younger life were spent at grandma's house. She was truely a one of a kind.

Grandma ran her house like a bed and breakfast with every bed and hide a bed couch being used every night, I miss that. I am sadden by the thought that I missed out of spending time with her over the years.

We are sorry for the loss for all the Gordon Family.
#8 PattyFanningVaughan 2012-02-17 11:38
Your Mother was a great Lady.She will be truly missed.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
#7 Margaret Marti 2012-02-16 17:48
Your Mother was a remarkable woman..Her life was her fsmily. She loved each & everyone of you..She worked for us in the early 60's. Such a hard worker and she loved the Lord.
#6 Lamar, MissouriDorris Mayfield 2012-02-16 16:29
My Dear Betty, Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you during this time of the loss of your Mother Martha. My thoughts and blessings to you and the Family. Always Dorris
#5 Lamar, MOTami Mayfield 2012-02-14 11:14
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss.

Tami & Brandon
#4 Lamar, MORon and Melanie Bruffett 2012-02-13 13:05
We just wanted you all to know that we were thinking of you during this time of loss. Although we did not know your Mom as well as we did all of you she did a wonderful job raising a great group of kids. I do know she was very proud of all of you.
Gods' Blessing to all of you.
Ron, Melanie, And All Our Family
#3 Carthage, MOPaula Hammer 2012-02-13 07:42
I remember spending the night with Kim at times and once in a while we would go to Lamar and spend the night at Grandma Gordons House. We would get tickled at Janet as we would be talking about who knows what and Janet would say "OH My Foot". We all would laugh and always had a great time. She was everyones grandma and she will be greatly missed. Love to all and you all are in my prayers.
#2 Lamar, Mo.Georgie Neher 2012-02-12 06:56
Gordon Family,
So sorry to hear about Martha, my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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