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     Martha Bayne Stahl, age 89, of Lamar, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

     Martha was born June 7, 1924, at Lamar, one of the three children of Lester and Margaret (Moran) Pahlow.   She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, John Pahlow, and her sister, Margaret Lee (Pahlow) James.

     After graduating from Lamar High School in 1942, Martha furthered her education at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  She worked for Frank Thorpe at Thorpe Industries for two years before joining the staff at Pahlow & Pahlow on the Lamar Square.  On December 14, 1946, at Lamar, Martha married Donald Dee Stahl and they made their home and raised their three children in Barton County.  After many years with Pahlow & Pahlow, Martha retired to devote more time to what she cherished most, being a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, and cooking, making special “Saturday Night” memories for her family.  She will be remembered by many for her ready smile and warm hospitality.  Martha was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.

     Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Don; two sons, Ralph (Ann) Stahl and Jack (Sherri) Stahl, all of Lamar; a daughter, Mary (Rick) Davidson, Joplin; ten grandchildren, Angel (Kevin) Patterson, Donovan (Jessica) Stahl, Marty (Jeremy) Ansley, Becky (Logan) Powell, Wendy (Lindy) Rose, Kim Earl, Kelly (Brock) Phipps, Kerry (Jason) Cravens, Kaycia (Joe) Jones, and Ashley Davidson; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26th, at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Saturday.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.


#1 Lamar MOGail Hamilton 2014-04-25 06:38
To the Families of Martha Stahl
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Remember the good times you had with Martha, that will help you along this journey, God please be with Don and give him strength, peace and let him feel your arms wrapped around him today and for the years to come.

Here is Poem I would like you to read.

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free, I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, I've found that peace at the end of the day.
If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life's been full, I savoured much, Good friends, good times, a loved one' touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.

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