Irene A. Martin (nee Elbert), 88, of Washington, MO passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, in Bartlett TN where she resided with her elder daughter for the last year. She was born on July 28, 1931, in Washington to the late Emil and Clara (nee Weber) Elbert and was united in marriage to the late Walter “Lefty” Martin Jr. on September 6, 1948. Before moving to Bartlett, she attended monthly luncheons with 2 different groups; her former classmates and former coworkers. She loved spending time with her family and was especially partial to babies and children. Her home was always open to visits with family and friends. She was in corporate management at the telephone company in a time when most women did not work outside the home. She enjoyed riding horses, cooking, sewing, and gardening. She always had a positive attitude and saw the happy, funny side of life.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 10 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, August 16, from 4 until 8 pm at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, 1206 Jefferson St., Washington, Missouri 63090. Memorial donations are appreciated to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or the building fund for the Grotto.
Irene is survived by three children, Sharon Jasper, Mark Martin and wife Julie, and Shanna Witges and husband James; one brother, Wilfred “Willie” Elbert; nine grandchildren, Sara Clark and husband Matt, Steve Jasper and wife Elizabeth, Rita Duke and husband Dylan, Shane Martin, Maria Witges, Jessie Martin, Martin Witges, Mike Martin, and Josh Witges; six great grandchildren, Emma Clark, Allison Jasper, Daniel Jasper, Savannah Duke, James Duke, and Lucy Fawver; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Clara Elbert; her husband Walter “Lefty” Martin Jr.; one son, Andy Martin; one brother, Jerome Elbert; and one son-in-law, John Jasper.