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Lily Martin

Lily M "Lil" Martin (Armstrong)

Tuesday, September 24th, 1929 - Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
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Lily M. Martin, 91, passed away on September 29, 2020, in Abilene, Kansas. She was born September 24, 1929, in Galena, Kansas, the daughter of G.M. and Rose Sigler Armstrong. She attended the Galena Schools and graduated in 1947, valedictorian of her class. On November 23, 1947, she was married to Paul J. Martin in Galena, Kansas, and they were the parents of a son, Stan, and daughter, Paula. She had been a resident of Abilene since 1948 when she and her husband moved to Abilene where he was employed by the Rasher Funeral Home. In 1958, they purchased the funeral home, and she then became an assistant funeral director for the Martin Funeral Home until retiring in 1988. Always impeccably dressed, it made perfect sense when she opened a women’s clothing store, The Fashionmaker, in 1969, which she operated until her retirement in 1988.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Abilene, Past President of Chapter GY, P.E.O., and Past Matron of Abilene Chapter #111 O.E.S.
She was preceded in death by her son, Stan, in 1999; her parents; and two sisters, Rev. Janet Sevier Gilbreath in 1988 and Marjorie DeSpain in 2005.
She is survived by her husband; her daughter, Paula Martin, and her husband, Kurt Falkenstien, of Lawrence; her daughter-in-law, Victoria Martin, of Longmont, Colorado; four grandchildren, Jack Martin (Sarah) of Seattle, Washington; Ty Martin (Jill) of Longmont, Colorado; Jessica Lindfors (Jordan) of Browns Summit, North Carolina; and Kate Martin Falkenstien (Rich Boltizar) of Boise, Idaho; as well as four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Private funeral services for family only will be at the First Baptist Church at 10:30 am in Abilene on Friday, October 2, 2020 with Pastor Jack Gilstrap officiating. Private burial will be in the Abilene Cemetery. Friends may sign the book at the funeral home prior to the service. The service will be streamed live over Zoom at www.tinyurl.com/LilMartinFuneral, which can be viewed using a computer or smartphone. If you need help installing Zoom or accessing the live stream, you may call Rich Boltizar at 208-546-9052.
Memorials to the First Baptist Church of Abilene or the Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospital may be sent to the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Street, Abilene, Kansas 67410.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    First Baptist Church
    Address
    501 N. Spruce
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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    Notes
    Services are private family only due to COVID. The service will be streamed live over Zoom at www.tinyurl.com/LilMartinFuneral, which can be viewed using a computer or smartphone. If you need help installing Zoom or accessing the live stream, you may call Rich Boltizar at 208-546-9052.
    Officiant
    Pastor Jack Gilstrap
  • Interment

    Location
    Abilene Cemetery
    Address
    14th Street
    ABILENE, KS
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    Notes
    Inurnment will be private.

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Branden Smith

Posted at 07:30pm
With deepest sympathy, for your loss of an extraordinary lady.
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Joshua Marque Long

Posted at 07:28pm
Colton & Katie, your Grandmother Lily had a kind and generous heart. Her openness to life and love will always be remembered by those that knew her.
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Greg & Jill Sevier

Posted at 07:40pm
With fond memories of Aunt Lil. Memories that will remain in our heart forever.
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Cindy Monroe

Posted at 05:22pm
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family and may God give you the peace that you seek. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul. The Shivers/Monroe family
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Cindy Monroe

Posted at 05:18pm
I first remember Lil from the Fashionmaker. I was just a kid and probably never bought anything but she was always very nice to me and would show me around the store. As an adult, I saw her and Paul at various events. They were wonderful about supporting activities in town. She always knew the right thing to say and was always very pleasant to be around. She also had a quiet sense of humor that was even more endearing because she was normally not outspoken. I will miss her. She was a wonderful lady.
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